Training Details

Monday, January 28, 2019

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PT

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, Ste 126
San Francisco, CA


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"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 making new works through collaborations with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.

Often the Fund is asked what it means by “collaboration.” Frankly, it is not one thing: A good collaboration can take many forms. While collaborative processes are not easy, the Creative Work Fund has found that the results can be unusually rich and lasting.

Come join us as we explore the question of what makes a good collaboration through conversations among artists and nonprofits who produced masterful partnerships and artworks.

Featured speakers will be:

  • Arash Shirinbab and Raeshma Razvi, creators of “To Contain and to Serve,”a collaboration among calligrapher Shirinbab, ceramic artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (2015 traditional arts grant).
  • Mark Brest van Kempen and Celeste Smeland, instigators of a public art and waterfront planning project in Benicia, California, a collaboration among multi-disciplinary artist van Kempen, Larnie Fox, and Arts Benicia (2013 visual arts grant).

Program Agenda

5:30 pm  Guests arrive / Networking

5:45-6:45 pm  Panel discussion moderated by Frances Phillips, Creative Work Fund Program Director, followed by Q&A

6:45-7:30 pm  Happy Hour (drinks & appetizers)


  • To help potential applicants make the most of the opportunity that the Creative Work Fund provides.

Intended Audience

All levels of experience
Fundraising & development staff
Individual grantseekers


Frances Phillips Program Director Arts and the Creative Work Fund & Walter & Elise Haas Fund View Bio