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Intersection is playing a leadership role in pursuit of meaningful, permanently integrated cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaboration that leads to a level of creativity that can change people’s lives; the places we live, work, play and learn in together; and the way we practice our work locally and globally. 


We invite you to join us at the table with your best ideas!


Background: In its 45th year, Intersection for the Arts is continuing its long-standing tradition of redefining and democratizing cultural space. We’re taking a leadership role in an innovative large-scale urban development project at 5th and Mission Streets serving multiple communities. The project is called 5M and is, in many ways, a metaphor for the vision upon which Intersection was founded—art at the heart of civic engagement and creative community problem-solving. 5M is a prototype for a new, open urban campus of artists, makers, and entrepreneurs that dissolves boundaries and consistently instigates synergistic collaboration across discipline in order to inspire and scale new ideas for change.

Working with Forest City Development and The Hearst Corporation, the lead partners are Intersection for the Arts, The HubBayArea (a globally-networked co-working space, event series, and professional toolset for changemakers), and Tech Shop (a democratized membership workshop for inventors, artists, designers, and makers to build their dreams). The resources amassed between these partners, Forest City Development, the Hearst Corporation, and additional tenants of the 5M project (including the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking) are unprecedented. The commitment to the role of the arts is profound. Intersection would like to share this opportunity and our new space with artists and cultural organizations in the form of innovative residencies, shared program opportunities, and access to the resources and innovations of the 5M project.

The Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio is a co-location space that provides extremely affordable office space, synergistic community, and innovative technical resources to arts organizations and projects as well as individual artists interested in new models for infrastructural sustainability. We want to create a vibrant community that promotes knowledge and resource sharing and cultivates sustainability and innovation.

We designed the Innovation Studio to lay the foundation for the development of a non-profit arts accelerator program that identifies and supports innovative, high-impact ideas and organizations. We want to implement strategies that will connect strong artistic leaders and organizations to the opportunities, resources, and support that they need to fulfill their full potential. We envision that elements of this program will include funding, management and organizational development assistance, back-end support services, office space, networking, workshops, training, and consultancy. Working with our partners at The Hub Bay Area, we will combine our nonprofit, creative, and entrepreneurial expertise to create a program that will turn good ideas into sustainable and productive organizations that are having a positive impact in our immediate Bay Area community and beyond.

Inaugural Innovation Studio Residents are playing a key role in shaping and participating in a groundbreaking nonprofit accelerator program that will propose new models for sustainability for artists and arts organizations.


2012 Innovation Studio Program


Option 1: Any Available Desk 10 hours a week with 2 hours of meetings a month for $125 a month

Option 2: Any Available Desk 20 hours a week with 4 hours of meetings a month for $195 a month

Option 3: Private Desk Full-Time: with 6 hours of meetings a month $245 a month

Private Office Full-Time: Based on Square Footage Desired and Availability (starting at $550 a month)


Access to:

The HubBayArea

State of the Art Broadband Wi-Fi

Fax, Copy, Scan to Email

Meeting Rooms when available (in addition to the above alotment)

Intersection Events and Expertise

Potential Shared Programming

5M Vision and Community

Discounted Rehearsal and Workshop Space when available*

Mailbox and Locker

Complimentary coffee and tea


*Additional fees may apply.


Innovation Studio Residents will also have access to one-on-one consultation with Intersection Staff and Artists in the following areas:

  • Professional Portfolio Review
  • Script and Manuscript Review
  • Fundraising Plans
  • Marketing and Communications Plans
  • Organizational Development
  • Event Planning and Production Management
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Community Partnership Development
  • Community Engagement Planning
  • Financial Management


The Innovation Studio also includes opportunities for Program Partnerships. Intersection is seeking artists and innovators interested in developing and testing new approaches to arts programming that benefit artists, the vision of 5M, and the larger community. Program Partners will have unprecedented opportunities to participate in the prototyping of a new center for creativity in the heart of San Francisco.


Potential opportunities include the following:

Lead the development and implementation of a site-specific series that challenges notions of the traditional performance space and experience.

Play a leadership role in the development and implementation of a new interactive approach to a dynamic public art plaza.

Participation in the beta implementation of new collaboration technologies that enable artistic exchange.

The creative implementation of interactive conversations that engage people in dialogue around new ways of thinking, operating, and collaborating.

Design of and participation in interdisciplinary laboratory or think-tank programs in order to facilitate break-through innovation.


If you are interested in these opportunities, please send a brief inquiry to Randy Rollison, Managing Director, at randy@theintersection.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. We’d appreciate answers to the following questions:


1. Why are you interested in this opportunity to share space and/or create programming with Intersection?

2. Tell us which opportunity is interesting to you. How might this opportunity benefit you and/or your organization?

3. If you are interested in one of the potential Program Partnership opportunities referenced above, let us know which one and why.

4. If there is a mutual fit, when would you like to start?


*To participate in the Innovation Studio, we require a 12-month commitment that will be followed by mutual review and opportunities for extension.


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