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The San Francisco Arts Commission awarded the first ever Artistic Legacy Grant to Alleluia Panis. This program offers one grant for $40,000 to an arts organization that is deeply rooted in a historically marginalized San Francisco community to recognize its long-time artistic director and that person’s leadership in the cultural community. The artistic legacy grant acknowledges the impact of an artistic director that has served the organization consistently for 25 years or more. Through the vision of the artistic director, this organization is considered to be a vital member of the respective community that they serve and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture and/or artistic genre.


Alleluia Panis and Kularts embody the spirit of this grant. Her contributions to San Francisco’s artistic and Filipino communities cannot be measured. An innovator and an activist, she was part of a generation of beloved artists who fought for the establishment of the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund, of which this grant is a part. Today, she continues to hold space for emerging and established Filipino artists and cultural bearers through her work as a choreographer and artistic director, and through her activism with SOMA Pilipinas. This award pays tribute to her vital contributions to San Francisco’s cultural landscape.

It was an honor to talk with veteran cultural workers like Emilya Cachepero who was part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Neighborhood Arts Program; Alleluia’s mentee, Wilfred Galila; and community stalwart Bern Sy. Luckily, Oliver recorded his interview with Alleluia at broadcast quality so I could use it for this piece.

Additional audio credits include:
3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic
The Jack Lords Orchestra “Mokolai” and “Rayd”
Diskarte Namin “Desaparecidos”
Pakaraguian sa Maguindanao: A Celebration of Kulintang Music & Dance

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Broadcast History:
Live at the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Annual Grants Convening

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The second episode of Deep Roots offers a rare look at the sculpture in City Hall of civil rights leader and San Francisco hero, Harvey Milk; its sculptor; and its meaning to the city and the community that it represents.

The podcast shares anecdotes from Milk’s friends and colleagues including: Charlotte Coleman, the first lesbian bar owner in San Francisco; Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s campaign manager; Harry Britt, Milk’s successor to the Board of Supervisors; photographer Daniel Nicoletta; Assemblyman Tom Ammiano; and Eugene Daub, the bust’s sculptor.

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Charles Blackwell teaching at LightHouse

Charles Blackwell teaching at LightHouse


The Community Arts and Education Program launches Deep Roots by featuring a behind-the-scenes tour of WritersCorps and the LightHouse for the Blind’s Insights exhibition.

WritersCorps is wrapping up its 15th year of placing professional writers in community settings to teach creative writing to youth. Hear from Chrissy Andersen-Zavala, former WriterCorps teacher; Annie Yu, a WritersCorps student; and Lina Morales, senior program officer at the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families.

Insights is a juried art exhibition for blind and visually impaired artists, produced by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Charles Blackwell, who has shown his artwork in Insights and teaches art in LightHouse’s education and recreation program, talks about his paintings, the importance of the art program, and the role of artists in society.

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Illustrations by Libby Black

Date: June 27, 2004

Description: While debate over the right to same sex marriage continues, some gay, lesbian, and transgender people are building families regardless of their legal recognition.

A new coloring book created by artists Libby Black and Jennifer Lovvorn shares images of these families so that the children of LGBTQ families and “traditional” families alike, can be exposed to different kinds of families.

Broadcast History: Pacifica’s LGBTQ National Pride Coverage

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