New Home

80 Turk Street

80 Turk Street

An historical image of 80 Turk Street next to its current facade before CounterPulse build out.

In the fall of 2015 CounterPulse will move to a new home! We have embarked on an exciting partnership with the newly formed Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) to lease-to-own the rundown former pornography theater located at 80 Turk Street in the Central Market/Tenderloin neighborhood. This move will come just as our 10-year lease at 1310 Mission Street expires.

We cannot express how thrilling this opportunity is for us. With the imminent expiration of our lease, the organization would have likely faced eviction or a dramatic increase in its rent. Now we have the chance to become one of the few small, grassroots arts organizations to permanently escape from the speculative real estate market. With this move we will preserve a place and a space that is affordable and accessible for artists and communities forever. Of course, to make this a reality, we’ll be looking to you — our community — for support, ideas, and inspiration.

In early 2015, CounterPulse began renovations on the former pornography theater located at 80 Turk Street, with an anticipated move-in date of September 2015. The move will enable CounterPulse to deepen its investment in Central Market and expand partnerships with social service and justice organizations in the Tenderloin. In this rapidly changing neighborhood, CounterPulse’s artists and programs will facilitate a dialogue between long-time residents, artists, tech sector employees and other the diverse groups who inhabit the community, offering a meeting place for meaningful exchange. CounterPulse is reaching out to nearby corporations and nonprofits to begin community dialogue that will guide programming in the new building. We invite you to participate in these conversations. Sign up for our mailing list and keep an eye on our events calendar for more details.

CounterPulse Underground

Pilot Programming
JAN-AUG 2014 at 80 Turk Street

During the next several months before renovation begins at our new home, we’re hosting a series of fresh pop-up events to activate and ‘try on’ the space. We will bring together  a powerhouse line-up of partners including La Alternativa, THEOFFCENTER, Arts Building Consortium, CODAME, and many of our favorite independent local artists to instigate these exciting experiments. Visit this page to learn more about getting involved with CounterPulse Underground.

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World-renowned Jensen Architects will design the renovation of 80 Turk Street to meet CounterPulse’s needs. The new space will offer vastly improved amenities and resources, including much-needed additional rehearsal space for developing new work, expanded dressing rooms, set-building and storage space to increase the technical quality of all productions, and a living space for visiting artists. Not to mention a larger lobby with accessible restrooms, enhanced sight-lines, more comfortable seats and, last but not least, air conditioning!

Over two decades, CounterPulse has become a cornerstone of the Bay Area arts community, providing a space for artists to take risks and engage with communities in critical dialogue. In the past year alone, CounterPulse has supported 2,026 artists in the presentation of 295 events to 15,000 audience members. We’ll be continuing this vital programming here at 1310 Mission Street until at least December 2014, providing a space for artists to take risks and engage with communities in critical dialogue, as always.

We’re still here and excited to continue this work with you in our new home.

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Proposed floor plan for 80 Turk

About CAST:

Created in 2012, the mission of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) is to increase the capitalization of community arts and cultural organizations in San Francisco. CAST purchases and leases space for the exclusive use of nonprofit arts organizations while also providing these groups with technical assistance to develop and expand their capacity to fundraise and manage their facilities effectively. The goal of CAST is to leverage resources to assist organizations to stabilize their facility expenses while building their operational capacity. CAST seeks additional support from foundations, individuals and investors for its capacity-building efforts and expansion beyond its pilot projects. Learn more at

About Jensen Architects:

Jensen Architects is an award-winning architecture and interiors firm based in San Francisco. We work closely with each client to thoroughly understand their needs and to develop solutions that are unique, appropriate, and poetic responses to the constraints and opportunities of the project. In all projects, extreme care is taken to conceptualize comprehensively from the general to the particular so that the end effect conveyed is one of thorough and thoughtful consideration. Numerous design awards and publications have recognized the consistent quality of the firm’s work. The firm is interested in a critical approach to design, engaging contemporary culture and construction techniques in search of design solutions that are elegant, cost effective, and environmentally sensitive. We have developed close working relationships with engineers, landscape architects, artists and graphic designers in the conceptualization of our projects. In our intimate involvement with the construction process, we have also developed close contacts with contractors, manufacturers, fabricators, cabinetmakers, and specialized artisans. Learn more at

Supporters of the 80 Turk Capital Campaign: 


EPISPACE Foundation

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation



Office of Economic & Workforce Development

Sakana Foundation



San Francisco Arts Commission



Karen & Dennis Corburn

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation



Neelu Bhuman & Andrew Nicholson


Anne Ho

Seth Meisler & John Devine

Antoaneta Petkova, Ph.D. & Ilja Friedel Ph.D.

Anonymous, in honor of Jessica Robinson Love

Joy Ou

Carol & Mark Norberg



Monty Mitra

Connie Marie Gaglio

Juliette Acker

Laura Elaine Ellis

Diana Doyle

San Francisco Grants for the Arts

Andrea Moed & Jay Smith

Anonymous, in honor of Jessica Robinson Love



Martha Richards

Kate Patterson & Scott Murphy

Doug & Marci Benson

Jessica Robinson Love

Judith Zissman

Kush Amerasinghe

Jane Segal

Beth Schecter & Carl Oddo



Randy Shaw & Lainey Feingold