SF Arts Commission awards $20,000 for renovations to LEVYstudio

LEVYdance has received $20,000 from the San Francisco Arts Commission for capital improvements to increase the safety, security, and technical capacity of its SoMa studio.

The funding, through SFAC's Creative Space program, will support entryway upgrades to the studio at 19 Heron St., installation of an additional lighting grid, and the addition of exterior signage, lighting, and surveillance cameras. Remaining funds will be used for sound equipment upgrades.

“We are grateful to the Arts Commission for this funding and also for their validation of the work we do,” said Garance Marneur, LEVYdance’s Executive Artistic Director. “This investment in LEVYdance will put us in a better position than ever to continue our mission-driven support of Bay Area artists and our community."

The upgrades expand on LEVYdance’s last renovation project and will ensure LEVYstudio remains a safe space for highly accessible art-making and community-building for its 10,000 visitors each year.

“This grant will make our home a safer haven, inside and out, for the artists we serve,” said Development and Marketing Manager Miles Walls. “And a more visible presence will give visitors confidence that regardless of time of day, LEVYdance is a place where they are not only welcome, but wanted."

In 2015, a $100,000 grant from the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and the Northern California Community Loan Fund facilitated necessary improvements to the studio, including a refinished sprung wood dance floor, ADA-compliant bathroom, movable wall partitions, and new energy- and cost-efficient LED lighting.

The SFAC funding will enable LEVYdance to continue the capital improvements and operate at maximum capacity during the upgrades. Renovations will begin in July 2018 and conclude by June 2019. Disruptions to LEVYdance operations will be minimal, and staff will assist renters as needed with alternate accommodations during the weeks of improvements.

In 2018, SFAC received 236 applications for funding, and of this requests, 162 – or 69 percent – were granted. 117 organizations and 45 individual artists comprise those funded in the disciplines of Music, Theater, Dance, Visual Art, Media, and Literacy.