Press Release: Supported exhibition spotlights 50 years of Bay Area art outside the traditional gallery & museum experience 
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Jess Young, Director of Communications & Community Engagement
SOMArts Cultural Center
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SOMArts Cultural Center Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant  
to support Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces

San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2014— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced this month that SOMArts Cultural Center is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. SOMArts is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support the new exhibition Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces.

Developed with curators, artists, and historians from artist-run visual arts spaces, Making a Scene will feature works that were created and presented outside the traditional museum and gallery experience from the 1960’s to present. The exhibition is on view at SOMArts in San Francisco with free admission July 10 through August 20, 2015.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to SOMArts. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.  

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) was founded in 1979 and operates the South of Market Cultural Center, one of four city-owned cultural facilities in San Francisco.

SOMArts supports exhibitions, performances, classes and other collaborations that serve its mission: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.

For more information about upcoming events, space rentals and technical services, visit or call 415-863-1414. SOMArts’ exhibition programs are supported by the Community Arts & Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission and The San Francisco Foundation, and are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts.

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