We're the people who brought you Burning Man, artists in many media, writers, designers, and musicians. We've watched our huge community disappear over the last two decades, taking with them the charm of bohemian San Francisco. We want to give the city back its soul, and give the artists who give us things we love a safe haven to work in, in a place of inspiring beauty..
The city estimates that there are currently 38K empty units in San Francisco, in buildings bought for investment only and left empty. We would like to partner with investors to lease empty mixed use buildings, with a contract to buy them, using profits from venues, grants, donations, and rents to purchase them, at the social impact investment rate of return. We offer our partners a legacy: the people who brought the artists back to San Francisco.
Artists give us music, movies, books, art, and events like Burning Man. It takes years to make great art and the years of development are unpaid. In During the pandemic, artists had very little paying work and have lost housing. Nonprofit co-op housing for the arts would provide a supportive environment that enables sustained work and maximizes creative productivity. It would make this city a modern day Florence in the Renaissance.