80 Turk Street
In early 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 expiration of its lease in December 2014, the organization will likely face eviction or a dramatic increase in its rent. 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 Summer 2014, CounterPULSE will begin renovations on the former pornography theater located at 80 Turk Street, with an anticipated move-in date of January 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.
JAN-JUN 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. Sign up for our mailing list and keep an eye on our events calendar for more details.
If you are interested in working with CounterPULSE to host a community event at our new home we want to hear from you! We are particularly interested in free events geared towards bringing together our communities. This could be a talk, panel, screening, exhibition, workshop, class, or some new idea. The space is not yet finished, so performances or events that require significant technical support are not ideal. Please email Program Director, Julie Phelps, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea or inquiry.
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.
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 www.cast-sf.org.
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 www.jensen-architects.com.