the length of time depends on the exhibition's proposal
Paid by host:

Artists/curators selected for exhibition funding receive project grants up to $3,000, exhibition space in the SOMArts Main Gallery, installation, technical and event production support, and community engagement/public relations support valued at $23,000.

Paid by artist:

travel, accommodation

Application guidelines:

The Commons Curatorial Residency is open to any individual, collective, group or non-profit organization that is located in and/or resides in San Francisco and has done so continuously for at least two years prior to the due date of the LOI.

Additionally, this individual or organization must be able to document a two-year history of creating and presenting original artworks or cultural events to the public. All lead applicants must be at least 18 years old and may not be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of the application nor at any time during the grant period.

To learn more, feel free to attend one of the information sessions below:

  • IN-PERSON GALLERY TOUR WITH Q&A SESSION on Monday, October 15, 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Visit the facilities at SOMArts, gain a sense of the gallery space, meet the program staff, and ask questions about the application process. Online RSVP required:

  • ONLINE Q&A SESSIONS on Wednesday, October 17, 12PM to 1PM and Tuesday, October 23, 7PM to 8PM

Two virtual opportunities to talk directly to The Commons program organizers and ask any questions you might have about the application process. Registrants for the online sessions will receive instructions for joining the chat by email at least 48 hours before event. Online RSVP required:

Letters of Intent are due in late October/early November

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SOMArts The Commons Curatorial Residency

SOMArts The Commons Curatorial Residency


The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level, and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. Founded in 1979, SOMArts embraces the entire spectrum of arts practice and cultural identity, and it is beloved in San Francisco as a truly multicultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms.

Financial support provided by The Commons Curatorial Residency enables artists and curators to continue their professional development, form new collaborative partnerships, and engage community residents through programming that serves the mission of SOMArts: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.

Four residencies are awarded each season and are designed to support emerging and midā€career artists, as well as artists exploring new and challenging ideas.



Studio Information

None provided

Accommodation Information

None provided


San Francisco. South of Market Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, 26,190 sq ft (3 administrative offices, 99-seat expandable black box theater, darkroom, printmaking, ceramics and dance studios, 3 classrooms, Bay Gallery, Main Gallery).

Contact information

934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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