Space Activation Artist in Residence Program

January 1st - June 30th 2023

About the Residency:

In 2023, Intersection for the Arts launched a Artist in Residence Program created to amplify the work of our members and activate our space at 1446 Market Street in San Francisco. Over a 6-month period (January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023) a cohort of resident artists received access to professional development resources, creation and work space and a $1,000 stipend to grow their arts / business practice together, under one roof.

Ignite the Possibilities:

Saturday, June 17, 2023
1:15 – 3 PM PDT
Via Zoom

Our 2023 Artists in Residence culminated with Ignite the Possibilities, a free live broadcast studio session featuring lightning talks presented by Intersection for the Arts 2023 Artists in Residence (AIR) cohort. Each AIR shared highlights of their inspirations, accomplishments and challenges in activating Intersection’s space.


AIR period: January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023
The application period has now passed.

The AIR Program Included:

  • $1,000 stipend (paid at the start of the residency) 
  • One coworking dedicated desk (accessible 24/7)
  • 50% discount on Professional Development Workshops
  • One grant review (for Coworking Members)
  • 100 hours of space rental
  • 24 hour access to shared AIR Studio Space with storage
  • 4 hours of Business of Art Coaching
  • Promotion of space activation via Intersection’s social media channels


Select Committee

A big thank you to our Selection Committee Members who are representatives from Intersection’s Board and Staff. The Selection Committee collectively reviewed each of the submissions according to the evaluation criteria. The submissions most in alignment with the criteria were invited for participation.

AIR Space Cohort 2023

Each of the selected AIR participants had a:

  • Vision for how they would like to utilize Intersection’s space and professional development resources. 
  • Community focus and can grow this aspect during their residency.
  • Investment in growing their arts practice or business and sees this residency as an influential part of that development. 

3rd Space Lab Collective: Fiscally Sponsored Member of Intersection

3rd Space Lab Collective is a women-led, transnational art collective from Bangalore, India and San Francisco. Through collective conversations, creative collaborations, and public engagements, they capture stories which express the lived experiences of the people and communities they work with. They used their AIR time to develop their ongoing project Social Weavers, a collaboration with craft communities in India and San Francisco. They engaged local artists through public workshops, gatherings and host stitching circles, to activate a series of public Collective Conversations.

Photo: Photo 3rd Space Lab. Collective Forest, iconic redwood and banyan trees in a mutual mehndi forest on the artists of 3rd Space Lab.

Beast Crawl Literary Festival: Fiscally Sponsored Member of Intersection

The Beast Crawl Literary Festival organizes curators and educators into outreach programs and showcases events that empower literary artists who do not have traditional access to literary platforms. They held a number of public performances (and workshops around volunteering/coordinating festival logistics) to serve as fundraisers for their upcoming festival.

Epiphany Dance Theater: Coworking Member of Intersection

Epiphany Dance Theater creates thought-provoking, accessible dance performances and educational programs, building understanding across cultures and ages. On the stage and in the street, they illuminate the ordinary and the extraordinary, inspiring social change using art as a vehicle. They utilized Intersection’s space by leading workshops in partnership with OASIS for Girls, teaching the Art of Abstract Storytelling, to prepare for summer programming with the Children’s Creativity Museum as well as their upcoming 25th anniversary celebration.

Epiphany is composed of, Founder/Artistic Director Kim Epifano is a Choreographer, Director, Curator, Performer, Script/Song Writer, Educator and Community Activator. Kayla May Paz Suarez Education/Communication Director, actor, dancer, writer and youth educator. Serena Pickett Administrative Assistant and dancer and Yoga instructor.

Image: Photo by Kyle Adler, SF Trolley Dances A Bat and a Bridge

Lyzette Wanzer Projects: Fiscally Sponsored Member of Intersection

Lyzette Wanzer is a fiction and nonfiction author. In 2020 she founded TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH, a book-and-conference project that examines and interrogates the perception, policing, persecution, and politics of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society. She teaches writing and professional development workshops for creative writers of all genres. Lyzette’s used her AIR time to offer a series of workshops on the topics of creative writing and professional development, as well as a Writing Our Hair seminar and and a author event.

Image of book cover for Trauma, Tresses, & Truth by Lyzette Wanzer.

Mad One Media: Fiscally Sponsored Member of Intersection

Joshua Walters, the Creator of Mad One Media, records audio for his podcast platform, coaches artists, and provides workshops around creating a sustainable artistic practice. As a mental health educator, Joshua intends to grow a community of like-minded artists in a container where they formulate a set of wellness tools. Joshua used Intersection’s space to host a festival to showcase “Creativity as Practice for Mental Health”.

Paufve Dance: Fiscally Sponsored Member of Intersection

Artistic Director Randee Paufve began making dances in the Bay in 1988. Known as a “dancer’s choreographer,” her work is recognized for its rigorous craft, emotional connectivity, and intimate performances. Paufve Dance was formed in 2002, and has continuously employed dancers and created opportunities for choreographers at all career stages. Paufve Dance activated Intersection’s space throughout the duration of the residency program by holding open rehearsals to invite community members into the choreographic process, as well as presenting a formal showing at the end of the residency.

Photo by Stephen Texeira: Dancer Randee Paufve of Paufve Dance

Frequently Asked Questions

How many resident artists will be included in the cohort?

This will be determined by the number of applications received and availability of space based on time and technical requirements of each arts activation proposal.

What is considered an activation of the space?

Activation is inviting the participants into the space to engage in, learn from or be an audience to your creative process or project. For example: Performance, rehearsal, workshop, reading, or gathering…

What is the criteria on which applications are evaluated?

We are looking for resident artists who.. 

Have a vision for how they would like to utilize Intersection’s space and professional development resources. 

Have a strong community focus and/or could grow this aspect during their residency.

Investment in growing their arts practice / business and sees this residency as an influential part of that development. 

If selected, can my space activation proposal change?

Absolutely! While we do want to see that you have a vision for your activation of the space, we welcome the evolution of that initial idea.

Are activations of the space included in the 100 hours of space rental?

Yes. Each artist in residence will receive 100 hours of space rental. This will include all uses of the space.

Who is on the selection committee?

The selection committee is made up of representatives of Intersection’s board and staff.

By the conclusion of the residency program, do I need to bring a project to completion?

Project completion is not a requirement of the AIR program. This is an opportunity to explore, expand and engage in your arts practice. However, at least one public activation of the space is required.

How do I reserve space rental during the residency?

Space rental reservations can be made by coordinating with Intersection’s Operations Associate, Sloane Larsen at

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“Intersection knows the Bay Area arts scene, the fundraising landscape, and the tools artists need to succeed. They handle the nitty-gritty so that we can spend our time making art. And since so many of the staff are artists themselves, there is genuine understanding and camaraderie that infuses our collective work with passion and persistence.”

Ellen Kamoe

The Bare Life Review
“Through the support of Intersection, I’ve received numerous grants for my creative work and curatorial projects. These grants have also enabled me to support collaborating artists, thus spreading the support to the larger arts community. I’m grateful for Intersection in helping me make my dreams and aspirations real.”

Sarah Klein

Sarah Klein Projects

“Intersection doesn’t just provide us with the logistical support for accounting and grant management, they keep us connected with other arts organizations in our community so that we can all work together make sure the arts are valued in San Francisco and the Bay Area.”

Todd Berman

Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area

“As an independent artist and founder I’m constantly spread thin, but Intersection gives me the tools and resources to feel supported and keep my head above water. Intersection goes above and beyond and I appreciate it every single day.”

Anna Smith

The Quinan Street Project

“Intersection has galvanized our organization to focus on what matters and build our professional capacities. “

Justin Hoover

Collective Action Studio