PROJECT Partners



The OMI Cultural Participation Project was established in 1999 as a project of The San Francisco Foundation. Established to create a bridge of Arts & Culture in the OMI community, the organization was responsible for educating and enlightening the community about art through festivals, events, and collaborative projects.


The mission of the Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside Cultural Participation Project is to promote unity and celebrate diversity within the OMI community and by creating and supporting artistic, cultural social, educational, and community events.

  • POINT PERSON: Maria Fe Picar, Executive Director / Project Manager




Established in December 2010, the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District is one of the newest CBDs in San Francisco. The district boundaries include properties that front Ocean Avenue from Manor Drive on the west running along Ocean Avenue to Interstate 280. There are 148 properties within the district including commercial, retail, educational, non-profit and residential uses. Managed by a nonprofit organization called Ocean Avenue Association, this district will focus on cleaning and maintenance; safety; marketing; and streetscape improvements for 15 years.


The mission of the Ocean Avenue Association is to beautify, improve, and maintain the commercial corridor through projects and events that secure the safety of the businesses and organizations that inhabit the street.  

  • POINT PERSON: Daniel Weaver, Executive Director




Independent Arts & Media is a unique and growing fiscal sponsor for artists, journalists and media producers of all sorts. We support independent producers and projects that advance our mission, by enabling independent producers doing non-commercial work in the public interest to raise their own funding, and develop and present their work on their own terms. Our vision for fiscal sponsorship as a transformative “free speech platform” comes from our own experiences as journalists, artists, and media producers who needed better infrastructure for their public-interest work.

Founded in 1999, IAM built a vibrant array of accessible, affordable media and arts services for producers in the San Francsico Bay Area, including public events such as the annual Expo for the Artist & Musician and Journalism Innovations conference and publishing programs such as the award-winning journalism project
Over the years IAM has continued to provide fiscal sponsorship services to independent producers and projects.  IAM currently supports 45 affiliates dedicated to non-commercial work in media and the arts, including publishing, theater, dance, music, visual art, film and video, journalism, history, and public-events production.


IAM’s mission is to support independent, non-commercial arts and media projects and producers for the purpose of building community and civic participation, and facilitating cultural engagement and free expression.

Media, journalism, the arts and culture are all arenas of social interaction and civic engagement. Yet even in the Internet era, these arenas are closed to public participation due to commercial or institutional barriers. We champion those media producers and culture makers who are doing significant work to advance civic engagement and cultural participation in our communities and our democracy.

Our ultimate vision is to strengthen a culture of democracy by cultivating arts and media projects that engage neighbors in civic life.

  • POINT PERSON: Lisa Burger, President