Bayview Uncut: Tools of the Trade + Secure the B.A.G. + Ruth Williams Artist in Residence

Applications are now OPEN.

  • Bayview Uncut: Secure the B.A.G. is now accepting applications. Click on the Secure the B.A.G. icon below to learn more about the re-granting program and access the application.


  • Bayview Uncut: Tools of the Trade is now accepting applications for both the Center Stage and Behind the Scenes pathways, both of which will begin in September, 2022 with both virtual and in-person offerings. 


Secure the B.A.G. (Black Arts Grants) is a program of the Bayview Opera House in collaboration with the San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District and is funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development though the Dreamkeeper Initiative.

The purpose of this grant program is to support artists and cultural workers in bringing artistic productions that showcase African American art and culture, to the Bayview Hunters Point and Potrero Hill neighborhoods in San Francisco, and to provide more opportunities for community artists and cultural workers to produce events and perform at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater.

Tools of the Trade is a program of the Bayview Opera House, funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Dreamkeeper Initiative. The money comes from the San Francisco General Fund and is part of the 120 million dollars over 2 years that was reallocated from the police department for the direct benefit of the Black community in San Francisco.

Tools of the Trade is a workforce development program intended to primarily support San Francisco artists in their quest to become financially successful as artists. Black artists receive priority. Bayview Opera House offers practical skill development in many areas that are not easily accessible elsewhere, but are needed to be successful in today's arts eco-system.

Bayview Opera House Inc. is extremely excited, humbled and honored to announce our new Ruth Williams Artist in Residence Program. The Ruth Williams A.I.R. Program seeks to provide Black artists and/or Black-led arts organizations with financial and spatial support to not only present an original project/production/exhibit/event but also provide community engagement offerings through workshops and classes that demonstrate the positive impact of their art practice.

Applications are now open for the Dance, Film and Theatre residencies.

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