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Thanks to your generous donations, we raised $24,533 to support the arts here in the Bay Area!

It’s never too late to give! Help us reach our $30,000 annual goal!

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From Executive & Artistic Director Julie Phelps:

As audiences returned to CounterPulse’s home in the Tenderloin this year, we were met with a clarity about why the work we do is so important. With 30 years of art and action under our belt, we’ve looked inward to ask hard questions and we’ve reached out to listen to honest feedback from the people who bring our mission to life. As a result, we’ve mapped out a Theory of Change inspired by our vision of CounterPulse as a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community. To achieve this vision we must commit to unwavering values of personal transformation, acting with purpose, responsivity, mutuality, freedom and radical spirit.

And we can’t do it alone. We must continue to center Diverse Artists and Cultural Workers who embody our values inside and out. We must engage Established and Emerging Audiences who look to us for creative and accessible programming. And we must do all of this in collaboration with Partners like you, who help us amplify our vision of social change each and every year.

Our new  Strategic Plan is CounterPulse’s next official investment in the world we’re building,  a guide for our next five years of art & action. We know this plan is only as strong as the community that rallies behind it, and we affirm our aspirational and bold vision through the trust and belief our community instills  in us. 

Each word in our Theory of Change and Strategic Plan is the result of hours of impassioned dialogue, and these documents are a testament to the power unleashed when a group of bright and dedicated people share a common purpose. Together, we can build a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community.

Will you make a donation to CounterPulse this year to fuel our shared vision of art and community?


Julie Phelps and the CounterPulse Team


Any size donation to CounterPulse over $1 makes you a CounterPulse Member and gives you exclusive access to:

– 25% discounted rates on tickets

– Subsidized rental fees for our studio spaces and artist apartment

– Invitations to private events at CounterPulse and our partner organizations

And you’re going to want all those benefits as we gear up for our first full season of in-person shows this spring!

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Byb Chanel Bibene at Skybridge on Stevenson. Photo by Ivy Chen.

Gabriel Christian in ABJD. Photo by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Bianca Cabrera and Helen Wicks in Flyaway Production’s Meet Us Quickly with Your Mercy. Photo by Austin Forbord.

Jo Krieter, Krista DeNio, & Megan Lowe in Radius at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. Photo by Pat Mazzera

Hannah Ayasse in Upon a Phrase at the SF Center for the Book. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Samuel Melecio-Zambrano in Split by FACT/SF. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.


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