The Ramp Gallery

The Ramp Gallery is an artist-driven exhibition space at SOMArts that is currently accepting applications for four-week long solo and group shows. An opportunity for entrepreneurial artists to ramp up their careers by exhibiting at one of San Francisco’s most dynamic hubs for art and community, the high-visibility location of The Ramp Gallery is adjacent to the main entrance of SOMArts and open to all local artists in the Bay Area. Artists interested in exhibiting in The Ramp Gallery can submit an online application.

René Yañez Legacy Fund

Día de Los Muertos

SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition, beginning in mid-October and concluding around the time of the holiday itself, is a long-standing and beloved San Francisco tradition. Originated by visionary community artist and activist René Yañez, this exhibition honors René’s legacy as his son and curator Rio Yañez continues to illuminate the connection between the personal and the political through Day of the Dead. Previous Next Día de Los Muertos is a celebration that is continually in transition, as…

Curatorial Residencies

The displacement of Bay Area artists and loss of non-profit arts spaces contributes to an increasingly homogenous and culturally inequitable arts landscape. Artists and community-based organizations contribute to the resilience of communities by creating space for people to come together, share their stories, celebrate beauty, mourn community losses, and transform their thinking. SOMArts offers the Curatorial Residency program — a unique opportunity for emerging curators and artists to gain mentorship and support to execute a large-scale exhibition in our 31,000 square foot…

The Black Woman is God

Fiscal Sponsorship

For over a decade, SOMArts has provided administrative support and financial oversight to a small, thoughtfully selected group of emerging not-for-profit organizations and projects ranging from a few thousand to more than one million dollars in annual activity. SOMArts’ fiscal sponsorship program ensures funding agencies and contributors that funds received on behalf of sponsored projects are well-managed and disbursed according to the grant proposal and guidelines. SOMArts provides two models of fiscal sponsorship: Model A and Model C. For Model Cs…

Past Initiatives

SOMArts is proud to have supported the following artist-led initiatives in the past. Thanks in part to SOMArts’ support, many of these programs and initiatives have gone on to receive funding and recognition from regional and national arts institutions. Click the links below to learn more about initiatives that SOMArts has supported recently: