The Arts

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As part of San Francisco’s vibrant art scene, San Francisco State University is on the cutting edge of culture-making. Our educators are active artists, filmmakers, designers, musicians, photographers, and writers, among other disciplines. Arts are taught at SF State in the context of the University’s deep relationship with social equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Donating to our arts programs helps students to pursue the arts despite the economic pressures that the Bay Area presents. Many of our students come from historically underrepresented communities, and their creative voices are a key element in maintaining the rich cultural tapestry that makes the Bay Area unique.

The Arts Funding Initiatives

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Liberal and Creative Arts Building

Now under construction, this state of the art building will house the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department.

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Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending the University.

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Ensemble-in-Residence (Alexander String Quartet)

The ASQ is a world-renowed chamber music group which provides artistic distinction to the College.

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Documentary Film Institute

DocFilm connects students to professionals in the field, and offers faculty development, forums and exhibitions.

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Longmore Institute on Disability

The Institute showcases the expertise, creativity, and value that people with disabilities bring to society.

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The Queer Cinema Project

QCP connects academic, cultural and political perspectives, fostering exchange between emerging and established filmmakers.