In partnership with the City of San Francisco, YBCA has been piloting the San Francisco Creative Corps, a program that puts artists to work in service of the health of our communities.
We have been working alongside San Francisco Creative Corps partner Paint the Void, an organization paying visual artists to promote COVID-19 public health messaging through city-wide public art. We are also partnering with key performing arts organizations, including San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company (SFBATCO), Dance Mission, and SF Carnaval—organizations led by and serving BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities—to engage over 30 performing artists to be Community Health Ambassadors.
Since Fall 2020, our artists have been reaching out to their neighborhoods both in person and online, sharing critical pandemic safety messages that help protect our community and inspire them through the performing arts.
Our Community Health Ambassadors are now creating a series of short videos encouraging community members to get vaccinated and to continue practicing COVID-safe behavior. Their dance, music, and performances speak authentically to the challenges of living through the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can work together to keep our communities safe.
Through our Community Health Ambassadors, we hope to encourage and inspire people to care for themselves and care for others throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide joy and inspiration when and where we need it the most. This program is one of many ways YBCA is investing in artists who support the well-being of their communities, including the YBCA 10 artist cohort and the Guaranteed Income Pilot.
For more information on the San Francisco Creative Corps, please contact email@example.com