The Creative Corps Initiative’s application closed on July 14, 2023 at 5pm. The review process for the initiative will begin shortly. Please check the website for additional updates.

The Creative Corps Initiative is a partnership between the California Arts Council (CAC) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). YBCA is one of the administering organizations in the Bay Area for the Creative Corps Initiative, providing artists with a living wage as they work with nonprofit institutions in their communities within one of the four key issue areas to create a project of their choice. These issue areas include civic engagement, climate justice, community health and wellness, and social justice. As directed by the CAC, the Creative Corps Initiative will prioritize communities that fall below the 25th percentile on the California Healthy Place Index. These communities include select areas of Antioch, Bay Point, Berkeley, Concord, Fairfield, Hayward, Oakland, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael, and Vallejo. Any artists residing in and/or serving the Bay Area region with a California address are encouraged to apply and will also be prioritized.

The San Francisco Foundation (SFF) serves as the other administering organization in the Bay Area. YBCA has worked closely alongside of SFF in the development of our respective Creative Corps Initiatives, but will be administering the initiatives separately, in two distinct processes. For more information on the San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Creative Corps, please visit this link.


Alejandra Rubio – Mission District, SF

April Martin – SOMA, SF

Ayodele Nzinga & The Lower Bottom Playaz – Oakland

Brittany Tanner – Hayward

Charles Blackwell and Sylvester Guard – Tenderloin, SF

Charmaine Davis – Oakland

Christiana Roverso – Tenderloin, SF

Cynthia Tom – Bay Area

Daniel Freeman – Berkeley

Debora Silva – Oakland

Dewayne Oakley – Richmond

Donte Clark – Richmond

Edward Gunawan – Downtown Oakland

Elizabeth Jimenez – San Jose

Emily Cohen Ilbanez – San Quentin

Gabriel Cortez – Berkeley

Graham L Prentice – Richmond

Halima Marshall – Bayview/Hunters Point, SF

Harvey Castro – Vallejo

Irwin Lewis – Oakland

Jesse Johnson – Tenderloin, SF

Joan Tarika Lewis – Fillmore, SF

Joyce Xi – Chinatown, SF

Julius Rea – Bernal Heights/Mission District, SF

Keenan Foster – East Oakland

Kevin Choice – Oakland

Kevin Wong – Bay Area

Kiazi Malonga – Oakland and East Palo Alto

King Theo Ogun – Oakland

Kristian Stovall – Hayward

Lazaro Ruiz – Bayview/Hunters Point, SF

Luis Marroquin – Pittsburg

Malik Seneferu – Bayview/Hunters Point, SF

Maria De La Rosa – Fruitvale

Meres-Sia Gabriel – Richmond

Naru Kwina – Oakland

Nkechi Njaka – Bay Area

Preeti Vangani – Chinatown, SF

Rahsaan Thomas – San Quentin

Refa One – Oakland

Rulan Tangen – Bay Area

Sheree Rayford – Fairfeild

Summer Lee – Chinatown, SF

TJ Sykes – Richmond

Totiana White – Bayview/Hunters Point, SF

Traci Bartlow – Oakland

Veronica Blair – Fillmore, SF

William Rhodes – Bayview/Hunters Point, SF

How It Works

Initiative Guidelines:

About YBCA’s Creative Corps Initiative – An Experiment in Community Co-Design

Control Group vs. Test Group

What are the Creative Corps Initiative’s operating principles?

Who is eligible to apply?

Can a duo, group, or collective apply?

Can an artist receive more than one Creative Corps award?

How much will each awardee receive?

What can the payment be used for?

Is this award taxable?

Application and Review Process

Applications for the Control Group will be accepted from Monday, May 15, 2023 at 12:00pm PST until Friday, July 14, 2023 at 5:00pm PST. The Creative Corps Initiative’s Control Group application will be hosted on the online platform Submittable. Application review will take place in July and August 2023 by designated YBCA staff and state/local partners from the Bay Area region. Applicants will be notified about their awards status and begin the contracting process in September 2023. All awardees are required to attend information sessions outlining benefit offerings for the Creative Corps Initiative in late September/early October 2023. Funds will be distributed after the completion of the contracting process and benefit information sessions in October 2023.

What are the components of the application?

Can I submit more than one application?

What are the priority communities in the Control Group?

What are the Test Group communities?

Who are the lead facilitators in the Test Group communities?

What are the issue areas?

Can I submit an application without a nonprofit partner?

How can I submit an application?

Is the application available in other languages besides English?

Payment Process, Awardee Benefits & Reporting

What is the payment process?

What are additional benefits offered to awardees?

What is the offering from the San Francisco Foundation?

What are the evaluation and reporting requirements?


Do I have to create a Submittable account to apply?

Is providing proof of residency required?

What types of documents can I provide for my proof of residency?

Which file types are acceptable for proof of residency, artistic CV/resume, and letter of agreement/partnership?

Which file types are acceptable for timeline of activities and proposed budget?

Will YBCA have office hours to assist applicants with applying?

How else can YBCA support me?