Training details

calendar_today Monday, October 21, 2019

access_time 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PT

place Intersection for the Arts
41 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

attach_money Free


In a good collaboration, both people let go of their territory to make a third thing that neither one can make alone.”

– Meredith Monk interviewed by John Killacky

The practice of collaboration lies at the core of the Creative Work Fund, whose grants support artists to make new works through collaborations with nonprofits of all kinds.

Often the Fund is asked what is expected from a collaboration. There is no single model, and there are many distinctive approaches that can succeed. The Fund hopes applicants can learn from some examples.

Come join us as we explore the question of what makes a good collaboration through conversations among artists and nonprofits who produced, or who are in the middle of creating, important partnerships and artworks.

(This program will be preceded by a brief, free workshop that will cover all the basics --the guidelines, timeline, and process for applying to the Creative Work Fund. Register here to attend the workshop, too.)

Featured speakers will be:

  • Artists Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang, and Chapter 510 Ink's Janet Heller, who created an episode of the evolving performance work House/Full of Black Women (Performing Arts grant, 2016)
  • Artist Yvan Iturriaga and Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project's Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, who have just launched the second season of the Web series The North Pole: Loyal to the Soil (Media Arts grant, 2018)


5:30-6pm    Guests arrive/networking

6-7pm   Panel discussion, moderated by Frances Phillips, Creative Work Fund Program Director, followed by Q&A

7-8pm  Happy hour

NOTE: An elevator accessible entrance to Intersection for the Arts is at 41 Fell Street, through Mr. Tipples.


  • Understand different approaches to collaboration
  • Recognize the kind of partner who might work well with you
  • Better understand the Creative Work Fund’s approach to collaboration

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Individual grantseekers


Ellen Sebastian Chang Artist / Director / Educator
Yvan Iturriaga Writer / Director
Amara Tabor Smith Artist / Choreographer
Janet Heller Executive Director Chapter 510
Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project

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