Current Open Calls


Ishan ایشان (Armineh Astanbous & Rachael Sharkland) in “These Teeth”, Edge Residency 2020 in Golden Gate Park. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Edge is an incubation residency and commissioning program for contemporary choreographers whose work is deeply curious about the intersection of art practice and social change. Through work-in-progressing showings, discourse events, and culminating live performances, this program is a platform for investigating relevancy and creating new knowledge. By eliminating boundaries between disciplines, between artists and audience, and between communities, Edge produces innovative performance works with transformational potential.

Residency culminates in two weekends (six evenings) of double-billed performances and includes:
➞ $1500 Artist Stipend
➞ $1000 Production Budget
➞ 25% of Box Office
➞ 100 hours of rehearsal space
➞ Production, Marketing, and Tech support

Residency Period: January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022
Shows: June 2-4 & 9-11, 2022

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Join us on Tuesday, July 27, 5pm-6:30pm PDT for a Zoom Open House to learn more.

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CounterPulse Board Member

CounterPulse, Photo by Scott Fin

CounterPulse is growing our outstanding team of Board of Directors! CounterPulse’s Board of Directors comprise a strong coalition of thinkers, makers and movers in the Bay Area who advocate for art for positive change. As a member of our Board, you become a pivotal part of CounterPulse’s artistic and social community as an ambassador of our steadfast, 30-year organization. CounterPulse’s Board advocates on behalf of our organization and leverages key resources and cross-sector networks in our collaborative advancement strategies. Current Board Members bring their backgrounds in law consultation, urban planning and architecture, software engineering, and non-profit management to the table. We’re looking for additional members to join our Board who are prepared to lead CounterPulse as we take on the extraordinary opportunity to buy our building and make a legacy impact on the city of San Francisco!

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis




ArtSpan Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibition

Birds by Zedekiah Schild. 60″x48″, acrylic and gouache on canvas

Submit to this open call to be considered for an upcoming solo/dual ArtSpan Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibitions at CounterPulse. This exhibition’s reception will align with CounterPulse’s Fall Festival and Thursday Art Walk.

The selection process will prioritize artists who are thinking site-specifically and/or artworks that are experimental in content or form. The primary installation areas are white walls throughout the three-floor lobby gallery with additional spaces downstairs and a large horizontal space above the entrance suitable for installations. 


  • Location: CounterPulse, 80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Artist Notifications:  Week of Monday August 9, 2021
  • Artwork Installation Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 10am
  • Exhibition Dates: August 26, 2021 – October 7, 2021
  • Artist Reception: Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00pm *Artists must be available to attend in person and give a brief artist talk*
  • Artwork Pick-up Date: October 7, 2021 @ 10am
  • Sales: Sales will be processed through ArtSpan with 80% commission going to the artist and 20% going to ArtSpan.

Submissions Deadline: Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 11:59pm

Learn more and Submit >>


CounterPulse Co-Production

Swimming Pool: Mara Poliak, Layton Lachman, and Abby Crain; Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Are you interested in Co-Producing with CounterPulse?

The CounterPulse Co-Production program is open to all genres of performing artists, ensembles, companies, collectives, etc. looking to stage completed works as part of our Fall or Spring curated seasons. As a co-producing artist, CounterPulse partners with you by offering access to space, resources, marketing, and production support at subsidized rates to bring your work to stage. This program provides more support than our self-producing program, but less creative and developmental support than our artist residency programs.

Co-producing artists receive 100% of the net income from their ticket sales.

Priority Deadline: August 1 for both Fall Season (September-December 2021) and Spring Season (February-June 2022)

Questions about Co-Producing with CounterPulse as we reopen?

Join us on Thursday, July 29, 5pm-6:30pm PDT for a Zoom Info Session to learn more.

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Download Application as Word Document >>

Photo of Kim Ip/Krimm’s Dance Party in “ceremonious present” by Robbie Sweeny