Current Open Calls


CounterPulse Co-Production

Not About Race Dance by Gerald Casel. Pictured left to right: Audrey Johnson, Styles Alexander, Karla Quintero, and Cauveri Suresh. 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.

Currently Seeking Applications for: Fall 2023 (August-December) & Spring 2023 (January – June)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Questions about Co-Producing with CounterPulse as we reopen? Contact gabriel@counterpulse.org

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Tenderloin Arts Festival

The Tenderloin has and continues to have a history as a unique hub in San Francisco for artistic expression to grow. In recent months, Counterpulse and SAFEhouse Arts have begun planning The Tenderloin Arts Festival which would match local artists with site specific locations that are lobbies, landmarks or performance spaces in an effort to strengthen the creative and cultural  intersections that makes the Tenderloin unique and to fortify stronger interdependent connections between artists, the tenderloin community, its inhabitants as well as the organizations that exist within it. This Festival is an opportunity to rejuvenate and celebrate the vibrant spirit and history that is the Tenderloin and it is our intention to highlight the many unique non-traditional spaces and people who should be celebrated in this neighborhood everyday. Activities will take place Saturday April 1st – Sunday April 30th, 2023.

To design an experience or produce an event as part of the Tenderloin Arts Festival, fill out this brief form

Please contact TLArtsfest@gmail.com with any questions or feedback


Open Call for Visual Artists at the CounterPulse Arts Kiosk

CounterPulse is pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work at the JCDecaux Kiosk on Market Street at 6th. We are looking for visual artists to submit their work to be showcased at the kiosk any Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 3-6pm over the next year!

This unique opportunity was made possible through a partnership with San Francisco Arts Commission and JCDecaux, with financial support by the Mid Market Business Association.

Submission Eligibility Guidelines:

– Much of the artwork should be affordably priced, so that people from a wide range of economic ability can afford to own art. You may also have works that have a greater retail value

– Must be friendly and welcoming, and be genuinely excited to engage the people who stop by to see your exhibition. The artwork may not be racist, transphobic, hateful, mocking, or insensitive.

– Artists handle their own money. Artists are expected to keep a simple record of income, number of art pieces sold, and attendance.  This information will be used to determine the efficacy of the kiosk as a platform to support artists. This information may also be used in future grant applications.

– There is a ten percent donation to CounterPulse off your daily sales that is expected to be reinvested in the operation of the Arts Kiosk.

– Preference given to TL and midmarket artists, especially artists of color.

For more information or to schedule a date to use the CounterPulse Arts Kiosk, contact Rick Darnell at rick@counterpulse.org


CounterPulse Board Member

CounterPulse at night. 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

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