Arts loan administration transfer approved
by Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Tom Ammiano
By Aldrich M. Tan
May 17, 2006
The Board of Supervisors passed legislation approving the administration
transfer of a defective neighborhood arts loan program on first
reading at Tuesday's meeting.
"The city is finally recognizing the economic viability
of our artists," Supervisor Tom Ammiano said.
Sponsored by Ammiano, the ordinance moves the administration
of the Nonprofit Performing Arts Loan Program from the Mayor's
Office of Housing to Grants for the Arts and allows Grants for
the Arts to develop criteria for loan forgiveness.
"Same house, same call, the ordinance is passed on first
reading," Supervisor Aaron Peskin said.
Launched in 1984, the Nonprofit Performing Arts Loan Program
made 22 loans to small neighborhood arts organizations totaling
$2.3 million, said Matthew Franklin, executive director of the
Mayor's Office of Housing. Only five of the loans were paid back
Grants for the Arts is suited for the program's management because
the agency has experience dealing with community-based performing
arts programs, Franklin said.
The ordinance is based on one of the many recommendations that
the San Francisco Arts Task Force presented to the committee on
April 24 to restore arts funding in the city, vice chair Tony