About the Special Awards Program

For more than twenty-five years, the Gerbode Foundation has made innovative grants through its Special Awards Program to Bay Area arts institutions to commission new works from choreographers, playwrights, and composers. The Special Awards Program has also supported visual artists, poets, and multimedia artists.

In a time of cultural shifts and fiscal insecurity in the arts, these coveted, nationally respected awards have helped underwrite culturally and aesthetically diverse, acclaimed new works by prominent artists and emerging ones. These grants have supported artists at critical junctures in their careers; enabled nonprofit local arts groups to develop and debut substantial, original works; and enriched Bay Area audiences, readers, and viewers by giving them first access to ambitious new creations.


Press Release: January 27, 2015  —
Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations Announce 2014 Choreography Commissioning Awards Recipients

Read the press release as a PDF


View Special Awards Recipients 1987 through 2014 here .

Photo: Doug Slater G. Brad Lewis courtesy of Trust for Public Land Phil Spalding III courtesy of Trust for Public Land
Photo credits

Photography Credits

We gratefully acknowledge those whose images appear on our web site:

Photo by:
Doug Slater
Photo by:
Doug Slater
Photo by:
G. Brad Lewis
- courtesy of Trust for Public Land
Photo by:
Phil Spalding III
- courtesy of Trust for Public Land