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Accessibility Notice

Evaluation Process
  • There is no limit to the number of applications accepted by the foundation each quarter.
  • Grantseekers are evaluated across disciplines.
  • Applications are evaluated by a rotating panel of Bay Area artists
  • Final approval for all Community Arts grants is determined by the Zellerbach Family Foundation Board of Directors
  • Reporting requirements for all Community Arts grants will be detailed in grant agreements.
Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of Community Arts applications are based on four criteria, with a 1-4-7-10 ranking system. Each of the criteria are weighted (as indicated below) to combine for a total score of 100%.

  • 30% Relevance and urgency of organization/project – How clearly did the grantseeker articulate the necessity of the work of the organization at this moment? Why is this work being done, and why now?
  • 30% Artistic excellence/craft – Who is doing the work and what is the level of skill and craft exhibited in the work?
  • 30% Community served – How rooted is the grantseeker in the desired community, what is the plan for reaching the intended community, what is the need of the community being served?
  • 10% Capacity – Does the grantseeker have a reliable organizational structure or confirmed plan for execution of the project; is there staff capacity, confirmed resources, and clarity of purpose? Does the grantseeker have necessary community connections and support?

Community Arts Panelists

Applications are evaluated by a rotating panel of six Bay Area artists representing multiple disciplines, geographic areas, aesthetic styles, and backgrounds. Panelists are respected experts and mentors in the Bay Area arts community; each panelist serves a three-year term.

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Maurya Kerr (she/her)

Maurya is a bay area-based dancer, choreographer, educator, poet, and the artistic director of tinypistol. She was a member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet for twelve years and teaches extensively in their educational programs. Read more.

Rogelio Lopez (he/him)

Rogelio is a dance renaissance man working professionally as a choreographer, dancer, designer and teacher. His education has been multifaceted through the study of dance, art, and design culminating with an MFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach. Read more.

Margo Hall (she/her)

Margo is an award-winning actor/director/playwright/educator in the Bay Area; she was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Read more.

Kimberley Acebo Arteche (she/they)

Kimberley is an educator, cultural worker, and interdisciplinary artist. Her work explores the hybrid cultures formed by technology, movements of immigrants in America, and the way movements through space and spaces has been affected by these two. Read more.

Lisa Mezzacappa (she/her)

Lisa is a Berkeley-based composer, bassist, and producer who has been an active part of California’s music community for nearly 20 years. Her activities as a composer and ensemble leader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, adventurous jazz, non-traditional opera, music for groups, and collaborations with film, dance, and visual art. Read more.

Lisa Marie Rollins (she/her)

Lisa is a freelance director, writer and new play developer. She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (Directing), a Directors Lab West member and an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Read more.