Current Open Calls

Artist Residency Commissioning (ARC) Seed

jose abad in "This is What I Want" (2017). Photo by Robbie Sweeny

jose abad in “This is What I Want” (2017). Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Seed Artist Residency is an intensive incubation residency that invites select Bay Area artists to develop new or emerging works or processes. Understanding the initial investments needed to cultivate strong works, Seed resident artists are paired with a mentor to provide professional and artistic support. Through intensive access to studio time, a facilitated work-in-progress, and community engagement, Seed springboards artists towards the next step in their artistic trajectory.

Residency Period: July-August 2021

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 10th, 2021 11:59pm PDT

CounterPulse will host an Application Open House on April 27th, 5PM PDT on Zoom. This is an opportunity to learn more about the residency and ask questions, attendance optional.

Link to Application Form >>

Zoom URL to Open House >>


TenderArts Artist Activator Call for Proposals

Dawn Leigh in the Tenderloin National Forest, a project of the Luggage Store Gallery. Photo by Robbie Sweeny

TenderArts is a platform for Tenderloin artists to showcase their work, and the work of public participants, throughout the neighborhood and beyond, building an artistic and professional platform for anyone who creates art in the Tenderloin.

For Spring 2021, TenderArts will focus on virtual and/or hybrid in-person events as determined by the Artist Activators and CounterPulse team. We are accepting activities centered around any of the following cultural events: Women’s History Month, The CounterPulse Festival, and Pride. However, we are also interested in projects that may not align with these events and dates.

Download Call for Proposals as PDF >>

Submit Call for Proposals as Google Form >>



CounterPulse Board Member

CounterPulse, Photo by Scott Fin

CounterPulse is growing our outstanding team of Board of Directors! CounterPulse’s Board of Directors comprise a strong cross-sector coalition of thinkers and movers in the Bay Area who advocate for art for positive change. As a member of our Board, you will be invited to exclusive artistic and social events as an ambassador of our steadfast, 30-year organization. CounterPulse’s Board advocates on behalf of our organization and leverages key resources and cross-sector networks in our collaborative advancement strategies. Current Board Members bring their backgrounds in law consultation, urban planning and architecture, software engineering, non-profit management, and additional areas of expertise to the table. We’re looking for additional members of our Board who share CounterPulse’s excitement in the art’s aptitude for making the world a better place.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis




CounterPulse Co-Production

Swimming Pool: Mara Poliak, Layton Lachman, and Abby Crain; Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Are you interested in Co-Producing with CounterPulse?

The parameters of our Co-Production program are currently open ended. We are rebuilding our proposal form to better suit a post-pandemic new reality.

In the meantime, email with your co-production desires and ideas and we will determine how to proceed together.

Photo of Kim Ip/Krimm’s Dance Party in “ceremonious present” by Robbie Sweeny