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Announcing Wavelength Media/Arts

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

WavelengthFINAL-smallFaced with epic changes in the cultural, media and philanthropic sectors, and inspired by the power of horizontal/grassroots culture and technologies, IAM and Media Alliance are launching Wavelength Media/Arts as a collaborative partnership to focus and amplify our complementary strengths in fiscal sponsorship, artist and producer services, and community engagement programming.

We hope to address the needs of media and arts practitioners in an open, affordable and collaborative setting that will provide structural support and advocacy for public policy favorable to independent producers and community vitality.

Wavelength Media/Arts is made possible in part by the San Francisco Foundation Nonprofit Transitions Fund, which helps nonprofits “rethink and regroup in response to the downturn in the economy” and “reduce costs and time spent on administrative work, as well as increase productivity.”

For more information, visit More details coming soon!

SF Arts Market at Heart of the City Farmer’s Market

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

ArtsMarketLogoBkgd_575wArtist and artisan registration is now open for the 2013 SF Arts Market, now at the Heart of the City Farmer’s Market each Wednesday.

Independent Arts & Media is excited to announce that the SF Arts Market comes to Heart of the City Farmers’ Market each Wednesday in UN Plaza. The Market will create a weekly open-air space for locally produced arts crafts, wearables and more  adjacent to the bustling produce stalls at the Civic Center farmer’s market.

Vendor’s tents for local artists are now available!

New launch special offer for vendors: Save $20 when you reserve booth space for four weeks in advance!

SF Arts Market will bring local arts to UN Plaza, Civic Center and Central Market, supporting a healthy local arts economy and connecting it to the thriving local-food economy that has emerged around San Francisco’s most visible and accessible farmer’s market.

Thanks and see you at the market!

San Francisco Arts Market
Twitter: @ArtsMarketSF

Join Us for the Indy Arts Open House!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Indy Arts and Media is hosting an Open House – and you are invited!

Join us for an evening of cold beer, big ideas, and the best people the Bay has to offer. It’s a great way to reconnect and recharge.

Doors open at 6pm and stay open until 10pm, so swing on through whenever you can. There’s a loose agenda, but really is about getting to know each other.


6:00 – Doors open!
7:15 – Get to know Indy Arts (Quick pitch by Board President Lisa Burger and Indy Arts founder Josh Wilson)
8:00 – Project Pitches from 14 Black PoppiesClub StrideCounterCorp,Epic Science ProjectProject Luz, and Silicon Valley STEM + A = JOBS
10:00 – Lights out


There will also be an interactive art wall, a slideshow of project photos, and great music all night long.


INDY ARTS OPEN HOUSE is a POTLUCK, so please if so moved bring something to share within your means. We will provide some light refreshments (including cold beer!).Our Open House is a great introduction to the fiscal sponsorship services we provide. You will meet current project leads and board members. And… please come with your visions for independent, noncommercial arts and media. We love big ideas, and can’t wait to hear yours!

For Your Support, a Gift of Pages

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Show your free-speech spirit by making a gift of $50 or more to Independent Arts & Media! In gratitude, we would like to give you a gift as well.

Three great SF Bay Area book publishers (Tachyon Publications, Manic D Press and PM Press) have donated to us a collection of brainy, provocative books to give in turn to generous folks who make a tax-deductible donation to Independent Arts & Media.

Supplies are limited! If you’d like to receive any of the following books as our thanks for your donation, simply review the titles below and list your preferences in the “comments” box on the PayPal donation form.

Page-Turners for IAM Donors Giving $50 or More


Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community & Art, edited by Russell Howze (Manic D Press). A gorgeous art book collecting high-quality photographs of stencil art found on the streets, sidewalks and walls of America and the world. Featuring artworks from 25 nations and more than 350 artists. Potent, contemporary, Stencil Nation is a great gift for lovers of street art, DIY politics and community expression.


The Underbelly, by Gary Phillips (PM Press): LA-noir at its finest! Plus, an interview with Phillips from the fine minds at PM Press.









Signal:01 — A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture (PM Press): A wonderful collection of words and art, from Dutch squatter comics to seditious freight graffiti, “adventure playgrounds,” designing graffiti, Mexico 68 propaganda, and more.










Content, by Cory Doctorow (Tachyon Publications): Essential essays on technology, creativity, copyright and the Future of the Future, by one of science-fiction’s leading social commentators.











Context, by Cory Doctorow (Tachyon Publications): Essential essays on productivity, creativity, parenting and politics in the 21st century, by one of science-fiction’s leading social commentators.












The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1: Sex, the Future & Chocolate Chip Cookies edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith (Tachyon Publications). The Tiptree Award celebrates fiction that explores and expands concepts of gender, named in honor of the pathbreaking science-fiction writer James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon). Featuring works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Joanna Russ, Hans Christian Anderson and others.













The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith (Tachyon Publications). The Tiptree Award celebrates fiction that explores and expands concepts of gender, named in honor of the pathbreaking science-fiction writer James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon). Featuring work by Nalo Hopkinson, Jonathan Lethem, Joe Haldemen and others.












The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3: Subversive Stories about Sex and Gender, edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D. Smith (Tachyon Publications). The Tiptree Award celebrates fiction that explores and expands concepts of gender, named in honor of the pathbreaking science-fiction writer James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon). Featuring works by Aimee Bender, Vonda N. McIntyre, Eleanor Arnason and the namesake of the series, James Tiptree, Jr.












We Called Each Other Comrade: Charles H. Kerr & Company, Radical Publishers (PM Press). A history of the oldest and most significant publisher and translator of radical and leftist literature, this book is an “arrestingly told” recounting of “the great characters, free-speech fights, political struggles and intellectual ferment of the home-grown revolutionary left in the United States.”











Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Tachyon Publications). A science-fictional exploration of the convergence of technology and human evolution. Featuring stellar works by Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil, Isaac Asimov, Bruce Sterling, Frederick Pohl, Rudy Rucker, and many others.












Quakeland, by Francesca Lia Block (Manic D Press). A ” sensual journey through the female interior landscape,” Quakeland follows one woman’s voyage through national, natural and political disasters in a search for community and shared spirit, with oft-experimental narratives interweaving through emotionally charged stories.












The Steampunk Coloring & Activity Book, by Phoebe Longhi (Manic D Press). A fabulous and fun collection of coloring-book activities for fans of Jules Verne-style Victorian retro-futurism! Great for smart kids and their cosplaying parents.











 Individual books are given as gifts of thanks from Independent Arts & Media for donations of $50 or more, courtesy of our friends at Manic D Press, Tachyon Publications and PM Press. Please indicate your book preference in the comments box on our online donor form.

Enjoy these provocative, illuminating and inspiring reads with our thanks for your support of our free speech mission!

Happy Holidays!

The Independent Arts & Media Board of Directors

Cultivating Media and the Arts

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Arise, arouse, a rose: Bloom, bloom, bloom!IAM is a nonprofit fiscal sponsor for independent, commercial-free works in media and the arts. We support people, projects and organizations that use the arts and media to build community, civic engagement and cultural participation.

Journalism. Criticism. Culture. Performance. Music. Visual art. All these activities are primary arenas for engagement in our democracy. Yet even in the Internet era, commercial and institutional interests act as “gatekeepers” that limit public and community participation.

As a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, IAM helps cultivate works that are emerging independently, works that change lives and build community. Works that couldn’t otherwise flourish in the existing media/arts environment.

Learn more about our fiscal sponsorship services, and how your own work can grow and thrive in the new arts and media ecosystem.

Check out some of our current fiscally sponsored affiliates — a diverse community of publishers, performers, advocates, creators, educators, filmmakers, and more.

Support the Women’s Film Institute: IAM Year-Ender No. 1

Friday, November 18th, 2011

[IAM’s fiscally sponsored affiliate projects use media and the arts to build community and participation. We’re showcasing a different affiliate each week through the end of the year. Please spread the word, and consider donating to support their good works.]

IAM is honored to be the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for the Women’s Film Institute — producer of the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, the Reel Women Workshops, the WFI Shorts Tour, and the Generation HERstory Media Arts Project for SF Bay Area girls.

Year-End Fundraising Goal | Donate Now
$1,500 to support film and new media programs that amplify the voices of women and girls.

Coming Up:

Meet the Amplifier

It all starts with critical facilities, organizational talent and the D.I.Y. gumption to go Set Things Right. WFI founder Scarlett Shepard (pictured at left) graduated from the film program at SF State wondering why there are so few women movie directors in the mainstream. She founded the SF Women’s Film Festival to change the status quo. Eight years later WFI has blossomed with additional workshop, film tours and youth programs.

Your Donation Will Support

  • Increased exhibition opportunities for female film directors: Over 500 films from around the world showcased since since 2005!
  • Free/low-cost screenings, events, workshops, and educational programs
  • Free/low-cost film training, mentoring and professional development programs for girls and women.
  • Community exposure to and connections with celebrities, activists, educators and notable figures in the world of film

Donate now to support the Women’s Film Institute.

Independent Arts & Media supports diverse, commercial-free media and arts projects that build community, civic participation and cultural engagement. As a fiscal sponsor, we enable these affiliate projects to receive tax-deductible donations, foundation grants, and other benefits that advance their work in the public interest. In 2012, IAM will increase the exposure and sustainability of our sponsored affiliates, by developing new promotional and fundraising services beyond the basics of fiscal sponsorship. Learn more about IAM.

Happy Hour Benefit at Tonic

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Happy Hour Benefit for Independent Arts & Media

Thursday, July 21st (5:30pm-8:00pm)

On Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm, all tips for happy-hour drinks dispensed at TONIC BAR (2360 Polk at Union Street in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood) will be donated directly to Independent Arts & Media!

The pro-am mixologists of the IAM staff and board of directors will be shaking, stirring, finessing and dispensing every variety of martini and mixed drink for TONIC customers, so belly up to the bar and join us for an alcohol-fortified celebration of IAM’s mission free-speech mission!

IAM is the fiscal sponsor of 23 independent media and culture projects in the Bay Area, including The San Francisco Public Press, Friends of KUSF (currently battling the KUSF sale before the FCC!), Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged … and many others. IAM is also the producer of the UN Plaza Arts Market, and other civic events and activities.

IAM board members will periodically MATCH your tips to double the benefit to our free-speech cause!

YOU can up the ante by also matching tips to our bartenders. Simply declare to the bar that you will match all tips for a given period of time up to $25, $50 or $100 total. Feeling bold and generous? Do a two-to-one match!

For more details, contact Independent Arts & Media, 415-738-4975, or just show up on Thursday, July 21, from 5:30-8pm at TONIC on Polk Street x Union in San Francisco

1st Annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Phono del Sol: free music and food festival debuts on Saturday, July 16th

If you enjoy great music and great food, you better plan to be in San Francisco’s Potrero del Sol Park on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 for the first annual Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival. Organized by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, this FREE, all ages, all day festival celebrates the best of San Francisco’s acclaimed independent music and food cultures, two areas of local innovation and excellence that rarely meet.

Phono del Sol features live music from six great local performers — including co-headliners Aesop Rock and Mirah, as well as Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, and Appetite (Sacramento) — picked by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone, and a variety of food trucks curated by Off the Grid. The festival will also have between-set DJs, tours of Tiny Telephone’s renowned studio facilities (located adjacent to the park), and much more.

The band shell at Potrero del Sol is one of the City’s hidden gems, and it’s an ideal spot to enjoy some great local music and food. So mark your calendar now and get ready for Phono del Sol!

The Bay Bridged is actively seeking volunteers to help us at Phono del Sol. For more information about how you can help this great event, e-mail volunteers@thebaybridged.c​om. Phono del Sol is actively seeking sponsors, and affordable sponsorship packages are available. To find out more about how you can show your business’s commitment to supporting local arts and culture, e-mail

Lower Polk Art Walk

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Lower Polk Art Walk Debuts

On Thursday, July 14 the Lower Polk Art Walk will debut seven new murals dotting the lower Polk St. neighborhood. The event will feature a walking tour, meetings with artists, and open studios at seven fantastic galleries.

Come on out and see the wonderful additions to the landscape!

Writers with Drinks Benefit, Saturday June 11th

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Beneficiary of Writers with Drinks Event

Our amazing friends at Other Magazine will be hosting their monthly series Writers with Drinks this Saturday, June 11th at the Make-Out Room in the Mission.

All proceeds benefit Independent Arts & Media, as well as the Center for Sex and Culture.

  • $5-$10 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds.
  • Readings begin at 7:30pm; Doors open at 6:30.
  • The Make-Out Room is located at 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA

This month’s featured artists are:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, LOST)
Daphne Gottlieb (15 Ways To Stay Alive)
K.M. Ruiz (Mind Storm)
Nick Krieger (Nina Here Nor There)
Kevin Camia (The Punch Line)

About the performers:

Javier Grillo-Marxuach created The Middleman, a comic series that became a much-loved TV show on ABC Family. He also worked as a producer on the first two seasons of Lost, and has also written for Charmed, Seaquest: DSV, Medium, Jake 2.0, Boomtown and Dark Skies. He also wrote the Marvel Comics series Annihilation: Super Skrull.

Daphne Gottlieb is the author and editor of 15 books, most recently the poetry book 15 Ways to Stay Alive. She’s also the co-editor (with Lisa Kester) of Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words. She is the editor of Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions and Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, as well as the author of the poetry books Kissing Dead Girls, Final Girl, Why Things Burn and Pelt, and as the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious with artist Diane DiMassa. Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of the The Village Voice’s Favorite Books of 2003, and received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice.

K.M. Ruiz is the author of Mind Storm, a post-apocalyptic book that takes place 250 years into the future, when what’s left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend to another planet.

Nick Krieger is the author of Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. His writing has appeared in Original Plumbing and The Rumpus.

Kevin Camia performs regularly at all the Bay Area comedy clubs but considers the Punch Line as his “home club.” He’s a “joke nerd” who loves to geek out about the various formulas of joke-writing and performing.

About Writers With Drinks:

Writers With Drinks has won “Best Literary Night” from the SF Bay Guardian readers’ poll six years in a row and was named “Best Literary Drinking” by the SF Weekly. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

IAM to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Independent Arts & Media to be Featured Non-Profit at Straw!


Independent Arts & Media to be featured recipient of 10% of food sales every Monday in June at San Francisco’s exciting new restaurant Straw! Please join us for some delicious treats at this one-of-a-kind carnival themed restaurant this month and beyond!

From SFGate:

“Who wants a burger on a bun when you can get it on a doughnut? Who wants to eat sitting on a chair when you can sit in a tilt-a-whirl? Who wants to pay for the check when you can play a mid-meal game to win a free dinner?

Welcome to Straw, your new carnival-themed eating place in Hayes Valley.

Charming touches – menus bound by old children’s books’ covers, old carnival signs and a Mason-jar chandelier – get you in the mood to eat like a kid at a carnival. (Read: Bypass the healthy salad section.)”

Come out and get some delicious eats, support a wonderful new restaurant, and IAM at the same time.

3-D Movie, No Glasses Required, To Be Screened at SF International Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Auto-stereoscopic Movie to Screen at San Francisco International Arts Festival

This month, the San Francisco International Arts Festival is going to feature a stereoscopic film that doesn’t feature 3D glasses. The film, created by Walter Funk of Hologlyphics and titled “Spaceforms: Homage to Homer”, will allow viewers to walk around the viewing area; when the viewers’ position changes, so will the perspective of the scene being viewed. The experience will combine animation, live footage, action, and sound to create the ultimate experience. To quote the press release:

Audience members will be able to walk around the viewing area, watching Spaceforms from multiple angles. As their viewing position changes, so will the perspective of the scene they are watching. Nebulas, Saturn, and planetary motion sequences take on new life, floating in front of the audience. No longer flat, without the glasses.

The film premiere will begin at 2:00 p.m. on May 29 at the Forth Mason’s South Side Theater.

Read more here…


The 2011 San Francisco International Arts Festival is featuring a stereoscopic movie, viewed without 3D glasses, called Spaceforms: Homage to Homer. The screening will take place on May 29th at Fort Mason’s South Side Theater.

As part of the Arts, Humanities and Culture in Space Exploration Screening, Spaceforms: Homage to Homer, will be showing on special screens capable of 3D in free space. Bay Area artist Walter Funk of Hologlyphics created the stereoscopic movie.

The screening is produced by Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) in collaboration with affiliate partners including the Space Arts Development Fund of the National Space Society and The Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University. ZGAC is an international organization dedicated to fostering access for artists to space flight technology and zero gravity space through international partnerships with space agencies, space industry entrepreneurs, and leading universities.

Read more here…


Learn more about the Hologlyphics project by clicking here.

Buy tickets to the SF International Arts Festival clicking here.