Deadline to apply: December 31, 2022

For more than 30 years, DrawBridge has provided free expressive arts programs for children across the San Francisco Bay Area. DrawBridge’s new Community Artist Program will build on this history of service and connect local artists with youth in shelters, affordable housing facilities, and community centers throughout the region.

Five Bay Area artists will be selected to receive an honorarium of $1,000 each to develop art experiences and site-specific works with children ages 5-18 in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties. Artists will be selected by DrawBridge’s Community Engagement Committee and work closely with program staff to develop community-focused art activities for children at sites across the Bay Area. The program offers artists unique opportunities for authentic dialogue, mentorship, and promotion of their work. DrawBridge will provide all materials and promote participating artists through marketing, press releases, social media, and our website.


  • November 2022 Call for 2023 Artists
  • January 2023 Community Artists Announced
  • February 2023 Winter Artist Sessions Begin
  • April 2023 Spring Artist Sessions Begin
  • June 2023 Summer Artist Sessions Begin
  • October 2023 Fall Artists Sessions Begin

Emerging or established artists residing or working in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties are welcome to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local laws, ordinance, or regulations.

DrawBridge’s expressive arts programming is built on a firm foundation of cultural awareness and sensitivity that reflects and celebrates the creative power of the children and diverse communities we serve. Recognizing that homelessness and housing insecurity disproportionately impacts communities of color, DrawBridge provides a welcome and nurturing space for all, and seeks to employ artists, staff, and volunteers with deep connections to these communities. To learn more, visit

Each selected artist will agree to a month-long commitment that will include one to two planning meetings with DrawBridge staff and site partners and the development and implementation of expressive arts programming and/or site-specific installations to engage youth artists. Selected artists will be asked to be available for promotional efforts and interviews as requested in support of the program.

Interested artists should visit the application page to complete their application and provide samples of their work by December 31, 2022. There is no application fee. Artists selected for the program will be announced in January 2023.


Funding for DrawBridge’s Community Artist Program is provided by state and national funding agencies, and the generosity of DrawBridge supporters.