Cultural Commissions – Sandip Roy

The Wallace Initiative commissioned working papers/artistic responses from Bay Area artists about deepening, expanding, and diversifying cultural participation, hoping to generate new ideas and spark conversations between regional artists and arts organizations.

In February 2009, Sandip Roy, editor with New America Media and host of its radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7  FM., wrote a humorous essay exploring the rise of the desi (Indian immigrants) in America and what it’s meant for Indian culture in the Bay Area. Click here to download a PDF of The Dawning of the Age of “a Curry and Us.”

This essay was also included in the South of Market Cultural Center’s (SOMArts) recently released It’s All A Blur exhibition catalog.

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In 2008, The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund (GFTA) embarked on a four-year funding partnership to encourage systemic and sustainable structural change in the relationships of Bay Area arts organizations to their audiences, supported by the Wallace Foundation. Community offerings during the grant period (2008-2011) included seminars, workshops, large public convenings, implementation grants, development of a regional shared mailing list, and expansion of the website.




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