The Lights On Campaign:

You’re Invited to Turn On the Light.

Help us bring exceptional arts programs to 2,400 youth and adults at the Geneva Powerhouse.

$1,174,065 out of $1,317,709

Invest Today

The Excelsior, Outer Mission/Ingleside and other neighborhoods of San Francisco’s District 11 are culturally rich, vibrant and diverse.

  • Half of District 11 residents were born outside the U.S.
  • This is the highest concentration of immigrant residents in SF.
  • District 11 has the fewest residents (one-third) living in English-only speaking households.

These communities
have long been


District 11’s per capita youth investment is 59% the investment of neighboring districts. For decades, community members have been calling for an arts center to provide a place to celebrate the cultural richness of all who live there, and a designated place for youth to learn through the arts.

The time has
finally come.

The Geneva Powerhouse has sat vacant at the intersection of Geneva and San Jose Avenues since 1989. With a state-of-the-art renovation underway, it will make an exceptionally beautiful and unique space in which to host arts education and cultural programming for youth, teens, adults and seniors.

In March 2017, Performing Arts Workshop won a competitive proposal process to be the sole tenant and program providers of the Geneva Powerhouse. A new life for the Powerhouse has finally arrived, and new chapter for the Workshop is just beginning.

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Performing Arts Workshop has my full support as the future stewards of the Powerhouse and our youth, and they deserve your full support too.

Ahsha Safaí

District 11 Supervisor,
City of San Francisco

At the Powerhouse, we will bring exceptional arts programming to 2,400 youth and adults each year.


Founded in 1965, the Workshop has built an internationally recognized arts education program that teaches essential learning skills through the performing arts.

After-school programs for grades 6-12

Early childhood arts-based learning

Culturally responsive arts programming

Summer intensive for high school students

Rehearsal and performance space for artists

Event rental space for the community and beyond

What It Will Take

Join Us

A gift to the Lights On Campaign is an investment in the future of the arts in San Francisco, and a commitment to equity in creative learning for our youth, artists and working-class residents involved in Workshop programming at the Powerhouse and beyond.

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The Geneva Powerhouse Renovation Project is in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department and Community Arts Stabilization Trust.

Project Updates

Campaign Letter



For all inquiries, please contact Allison Thompson at 415-673-2634 x210 or at