Vote YES on Proposition E

Prop E: Arts for Everyone, Doesn’t Raise Taxes

While the City of San Francisco’s budget has increased by $937 million this year alone*, allocations to fund arts and culture in San Francisco have stayed relatively flat. This lack of investment in our arts infrastructure has endangered the unique and vibrant cultures that helps attract visitors to our City who annually contribute approximately $1.7 billion to San Francisco’s economy.

A group of arts organizations, artists and community activists have worked with the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor’s office and other City officials to create Prop E that will address this deficiency in funding for arts and culture organizations in a sustainable and fiscally responsible way.

Without raising taxes or taking existing funding away from municipal allocations, Prop E will reconnect our cultural landscape with the historic Hotel Tax Fund and provide funding for youth arts, individual artists and arts organizations. Prop E will:

  • Increase core operating grants through Grants for the Art

  • Increase cultural equity grants from the Cultural Equity Endowment at the San Francisco Arts Commission

  •  Invest deeper in our City-owned cultural centers

  • Provide first-time, dedicated funding for cultural districts, and

  • Create an Arts Impact Endowment to address unmet needs within our arts community.

For more information on Prop E and to learn how to get involved, please visit

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ArtCare Awards Benefit 2018

Yuan Yuan Tan and Rena Bransten Announced as 2018 Award Recipients

On January 26, 2018, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell announced Yuan Yuan Tan, internationally renowned ballet icon and principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet, as the 2018 Mayor’s Art Award recipient. Prior to his untimely passing, Mayor Edwin M. Lee had singled out Tan to receive San Francisco’s most esteemed cultural distinction. Read full press release.

Ms. Tan will receive the 2018 Mayor’s Art Award on Monday, April 9 at a benefit reception hosted by ArtCare: Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, in conjunction with the presentation of the ArtCare Lifetime Achievement Award to Rena Bransten.

For more information, visit the event page here.

Read recent Chronicle coverage here.

Ruth Braunstein Founder’s Fund Drive

It is with gratitude and a full heart that we invite you to honor the lifework of the legendary Ruth Braunstein by supporting the 2016 Founder’s Fund Drive. In memory of Ruth, we are formally establishing a fund in her name, the Ruth Braunstein ArtCare Founder’s Fund, to be dedicated to the Restoration and Maintenance of San Francisco Arts Commission’s (SFAC) public artworks. 

ArtCare has become an increasingly important aspect in the health of the arts in San Francisco. Ruth deeply appreciated knowing that her friends, clients and arts community alike have been instrumental in support of this organization so dear to her heart.  With this sentiment in mind, we ask you to consider a gift to the newly established Ruth Braunstein ArtCare Founder’s Fund.

Click here to donate today.