SAVE THE DATE: the next Festival will run from May 19 - 31, 2020

Northern California
Post Graduate Performance Program

Find out about presenting your work at the San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) in May 2020 or 2021 as part of the organization's ongoing program to feature the work of artists who are recent graduates from the arts programs of Northern California's Institutions of Higher Learning.

The central theme for both 2020 and 2021 is IN DIASPORA: I.D. for the New Majority and there are more details at this link.

SFIAF takes place at, and in collaboration with, the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The dates for 2020 are May 19 - 31. The exact dates for 2021 are still to be determined.

See below for more details on the Post-Graduate (Alumni) Performance Program. If you have questions or for more information call 415-399-9554 or send an email to

The goal of the program is to offer low-risk opportunities for younger people who are at a stage of their careers where they have decided to become generative performing artists. Specifically those who are in the process of creating an external or formal structure to sustain and manage their careers (i.e. an ensemble, band, 501(c)(3), sole proprietorship or another form of support mechanism) that will enable them to build a place for themselves in the performing arts business.

Call the Festival office at 415-399-9554 for more information on:

- The rationale and reasoning behind the program

- When the most opportune time for individual artists to consider participation might be.

- The curatorial priorities and the types of artist and work the Festival is interested in.

- The opportunity cost of participation.

- The application process and how to be nominated by your school.

Associated Institutions:
California State University East Bay
California Institute of Integral Studies
Embark Arts
Mills College
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
Stanford University
University of California Santa Cruz
University of San Francisco

Artists who have participated in this initiative as it has evolved include:

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Pictured (clockwise from top left): Zulfi Ali Bhutto, San Francisco Art Institute Class of 2016, SFIAF 2017; Yvette Dibos, California College of Art Class of 2017, SFIAF 2018; Us in the U.S. California State University East Bay (multiple graduation years), SFIAF 2019; Lili Weckler California Institute of Integral Studies Class of 2017, SFIAF 2019; Jessica Fertonani Cook San Francisco Art Institute Class of 2018, SFIAF 2019; Jessica la Rel Stanford Class of 2014, SFIAF 2019.

San Francisco International Arts Festival
Phone Number: 415-399-9554 | Email:
870 Market Street, Suite 1258, San Francisco, CA 94102