Evaluation of Community Arts grants is based on four criteria, each of which is assigned a score of either 1, 4, 7, or 10. The scores for each criteria are then averaged, weighted, and combined, for a total possible score of 100. Criteria are used to ensure a consistent and equitable approach is taken in evaluation. While scores provide a framework for conversation among panel members, they are not the only factor that influences funding decisions. Scores alone do not determine whether a grant is recommended for funding.
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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Leigh is a theatre performer, dramaturg, director, and producer who has worked widely both within the Bay Area and national industry. They attended Wellesley College and were a member of Oakland's Laney College Fusion Theatre Project. Read more.
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 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.
Margo is an award-winning actor/director/playwright/educator and the Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and was recently awarded the 2021 Kenneth Rainin Fellowship in Theater and listed as one of the YBCA 100 honorees. Read more.