About Us

Who We Are

The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is a diverse and intergenerational community celebrating the way artists and activists engage with issues of social justice, hope, freedom, history, democracy, love, labor, class, the environment and more. Join us! →

Mission & Vision

For decades, the San Francisco Bay Area has cultivated a uniquely diverse and intergenerational culture of art and social justice activism that is admired around the world. Inspired by historic friendly and mutual-aid societies, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism’s mission is to celebrate and sustain this distinctive tradition by providing opportunities and resources for local artists, curators and activists.

Our goal is the healthy and vibrant evolution of the Bay Area’s artist-activists communities and the creative culture of social justice activism that has long characterized this region. The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is organized to offer substantive, meaningful support for those who work to maintain socially engaged art and grassroots activism as vital regional values. We accomplish this through our programs, including community events, exhibitions, informal gatherings, and our blog, online archive and quarterly newsletterLearn more →

Staff & Advisors

The Bay Area Society for Art & Activism is an operationally-light nonprofit collective and a fiscally-sponsored project of San Francisco’s historic SOMArts Cultural Center. Learn more →

Become a Member!



Our annual campaign for new and renewing members is happening now. We invite you to become a member of our community at a level that feels meaningful and affordable. Suggested annual memberships are sliding scale $5 – $500 per year. Learn more →

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