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 creativecorps@ybca.org

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Community Health Ambassadors

“Providing music for the public makes people happy. Lifting spirits is one of the most important steps to health and wellness. People need to share space and engage in a way that is safe, positive, physically active through dance and cultural connections.” – Pedro Gomez

“Music and connection is vital to community and individual health, especially during this time of a pandemic and required physical distancing. By teaching and performing, I make space for embodied cultural exchange through music.” – Bongo Sidibe

About Paint the Void

Paint the Void is an initiative to match local artists with boarded-up businesses to create murals as a response to the void left behind in the wake of Covid-19.

San Francisco visual artists are invited to submit their work to Paint the Void in order to be considered for this pilot by filling out this short form. Please contact Inga Bard at inga@artforcivildiscourse.com for more information.

About Carnaval SF

Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the diverse Latin American, Caribbean and African Diasporic roots of the Mission District and the San Francisco Bay Area. We accomplish our mission through dance, music, the visual arts and by creating spaces for community learning, school-based education, and advocacy. Now in its fourth decade of celebration, Carnaval San Francisco has been an opportunity for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression at our free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District, where we showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast.

About Dance Mission Theatre

Dance Mission connects and empowers diverse Bay Area communities and artists through all aspects of dance and dance theater, including the production of new works, instruction, and performance. We are an artist-driven, feminist organization dedicated to building community, addressing social justice issues, exploring cultural identities, promoting inclusivity, and creating a more peaceful world through collective action. Many female artists, artists of color, and culturally specific ensembles consider Dance Mission to be their artistic home. Master teachers of dance and music have created a thriving intergenerational community celebrating cultural traditions, welcoming students of all backgrounds. Dance Mission is also the home of Krissy Keefer’s Dance Brigade, San Francisco’s groundbreaking, feminist social-change modern dance company.

About San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

SFBATCO theatre company delivers a creatively charged youthful energy that encompasses all that makes San Francisco great. We are a theatrical generation to be reckoned with. We do not accept “a lack of resources.” We create great art and give back to our community and tell our stories using a multiplicity of minds, bodies, and voices.

Lead image by Tommy Lau.