SOMArts Cultural Center to Receive Grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan
January 28, 2021, San Francisco, CA—SOMArts Cultural Center is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. SOMArts Cultural Center is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC.
“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as SOMArts, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”
“In this time of ongoing uncertainty and hardship, it is essential that arts organizations receive much-needed support that will allow us to continue in our mission,” says SOMArts’ Creative and Executive Director, Maria Jenson. “Funding from the NEA will ensure that there continues to be space and opportunities for visionary Black and brown artists and curators in San Francisco.”
Each member of SOMArts’ small dedicated team of arts professionals juggles many hats at once. Primarily people of color, SOMArts’ staff demonstrates a deep commitment to the diverse communities we serve, and readiness to adapt to our communities’ strengths, hopes, and needs. This generous grant from the NEA will support our organization’s ability to increase staff capacity, salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities commensurate with our staff’s knowledge, and the ever-increasing cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area.