San Francisco is changing fast. Cultural vibrancy is at risk.

We need to create more spaces for the uncommon, the meaningful, and the awe-inspiring.

We need a safeguard for emerging arts and cultural innovation.

Since 2015, CounterPulse has found its permanent home at 80 Turk St in the historic Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

Now we need your support to buy this building and secure our stage for independent arts to enliven this city for decades to come. 

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The 80 Turk Story

In 2012, CounterPulse was faced with the reality that our long-term lease at our SoMA venue was coming to an end. Twitter had moved in around the block and we faced a massive rent spike. So we started shopping around. We were ready to grow and we wanted a new home. We contacted the Community Vision (f.k.a Northern California Community Loan Fund) to analyze our capacity to take on a new facility. At that same time, Community Vision had just begun working with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to develop the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST)-a innovative new pilot project dedicated to creating sustainable space for the arts in the Bay Area. Thanks to CounterPulse’s healthy financials, our commitment to community, and some good old lucky timing, we were selected by CAST to receive support to purchase and renovate a building of our own. Jensen Architects joined the team to design the renovation. Working with Community Vision, they found a building they thought might be a perfect fit: the old Dollhouse theater at 80 Turk Street. At first, their pitch on how we could eventually buy the building seemed too good to be true, but as time has told we dove in head first. CAST took leadership in clearing through the debt and other complications saddling the building. Then the owner of the Dollhouse visited our previous location on Mission Street, and was so moved by the work of CounterPulse, that he sold the building to CAST at a philanthropic price. We set-up shop at the un-renovated 80 Turk in the winter of 2014 and did tons of pop-up programming: from short residencies to dance parties, and from performances to hackathons; we let the building begin to tell us what it wanted to become. In February 2015, when federal funding in the form of a New Markets Tax Credit came though we broke ground. After more than a year of construction and seven months of CounterPulse being displaced, we moved into our new home in March 2016 and have since become a staple of the Tenderloin.

This model of investing in spaces for the arts has been revolutionary worldwide, and if we are able to buy our building from CAST, we will become the proof that this model works and pave the way for it to be replicated throughout the Bay Area and beyond (London is already modeling their own version off of CounterPulse and CAST partnership). Our aim is to buy the building from CAST by 2022, and manifest our happily ever after with 80 Turk as the permanent home for CounterPulse. 

Join a group of visionary supporters who are working to make our story a reality.

Donate now and make your mark on the cultural landscape of arts in the Bay Area 

 

Read more about our final capital campaign to purchase 80 Turk here. 

Contact Artistic & Executive Director Julie Phelps at julie@counterpulse.org to learn more. 

Thanks to everyone who has already supported and stood in solidarity with us. We’re in the home stretch to raise the final $2.7 million we need to buy our building and complete this incredible story! We are truly elated to welcome you to YOUR new home for art and community.

Check out photos of our new building

CounterPulse facility photos

CounterPulse facility photos

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CounterPulse facility photos

CounterPulse facility photos

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CounterPulse’s new home was honored with a CONTRACT Magazine Inspiration Award in 2017. Dig into the inspiring architecture of our new home designed by Jensen Architects here.

Check out photos from the renovation

8o Turk Studio

So glad we got rid of that awning

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk Pre-Construction

80 Turk Pre-Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk-Under Construction

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80 Turk-Under Construction

80 Turk St, Pre-Construction

80 Turk Pre-Construction

80 Turk Pre-Construction

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our home is part of a larger initiative to sustain arts in the bay area

Helping Artists Thrive: A Decade of Visionary Projects from Kenneth Rainin Foundation on Vimeo.

THANK YOU TO THE 80 TURK PROJECT SUPPORTERS AND PARTNERS CHASE Bank, Community Arts Stabilization Trust, Epispace Foundation, Jensen Architects, Community Vision, Sakana Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Violet World Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ventura Partners, and ZenDesk. Special thanks to the CounterPulse Board of Directors and all our generous individual 80 Turk Project supporters.