ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center Fundraising Campaign

Establishing a permanent home and art center will greatly increase ArtSpan’s effectiveness and reach. Having our own space will allow us to amplify our efforts all over the city and all over the region.

Become a Founder

We are looking for visionary patrons to help us reach our goal of one million dollars to establish the center.  Will you be one of them?

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See our levels and benefits below.

We have three phases of fundraising:

Phase 1 - COMPLETE

Goal: $250,000

Laying the groundwork.  Refining the plans.

We are already well along in our planning, but there is much to do. Contracts to review, renovation plans to finalize, and of course, we are still going full steam ahead with all of our regular programing.  We need money in the bank before we can engage our contractor.

Phase 1 culminates with the start of renovation on Onondaga Ave.

Phase 2 - In Progress

Goal: $500,000

Restoration and build-out

This is the meatiest part when the property will transform from its existing state to our space! We can’t wait to see what some work and love can do to bring this building back to life. Besides construction work, this phase will cover furniture and fixtures, and all the things that will make our space functional and welcoming.

Phase 2 culminates with opening the doors to the public (2023).

Phase 3

Goal: $250,000

Move-in and launching new programs

Now the real fun begins! In this phase, we will start to stretch out into new opportunities, by bringing on building related staff and services, launching regular programming, and promoting events.

Founder levels

Keepers of the Flame

We are creating a permanent art installation, “Keepers of the Flame”, in the building to recognize our early supporters.  The theme refers to the building's placement on Onondaga Avenue.  The Onondaga people are one of the five original tribes of the Native American Iroquois nation and are considered the "Keepers of the Flame". Honoring this resilient people, we will carry the torch of San Francisco's creative class into the future.

This sculpture, being designed by ArtSpan Artist Rebecca Fox, will feature the names of our key funders.


Gallery naming rights or permanent acknowledgment plaque in a prominent location


Your name will be on a prominent individual element in the installation.


Your name will be on an individual element in the installation.


Your name will be incorporated into the permanent installation.

Studio Patrons

Would you like a workspace named in your honor or in honor of someone you love or admire?  We have a limited number of renewable naming rights available for our affordable art studios.  Studio names will be featured on artist-designed plaques at the studios.  Retired name plaques will remain in the building's community spaces.


Two-year naming rights for one of our affordable art studios. (Term begins when building opens)  Patrons have the option to renew their names for additional two year terms.

Thinking Bigger?

If you would like to discuss naming rights for our gallery or classroom space, we'd be happy to talk to you!

To join us as a Founder, please contact Executive Director, Joen Madonna, and we will set up a time to answer your questions and customize your giving plan.

Additional Founder's recognition

Show the world that your heart is with the arts!

All founders will be recognized with an Onondaga pin, that you can wear with pride at all of the fabulous ArtSpan Events.

Other ways to support this project

ArtLover Memberships at all levels keep our wheels turning!  Memberships begin as low as $75 a year, and give you access to a range of events. 

We are also looking for in-kind support, sponsorships and volunteers.  Drop us a note if you have ideas of how you would like to be part of our efforts.

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Thank you to the generous patrons who have helped launch our efforts!

$25,000 and above

Cynthia Farner, MD

George Gund

Curtis Wilhelm & Michael Glover

Mariana Fraga & Saul Kato

$15,000- $24,999

Jane Steel & Tom Buckmaster

$10,000- $14,999

Sejal & Eric Hall

Eric Rewitzer & Annie Galvin

Deborah Conrad & John Galvin

$5,000- $9,999

Carrington & Sean O'Donnell

Dan Teree

Samantha Wellington

Up to $5,000

Elizabeth & Jerry King

Laura & Kolapo Odujinrin 

Julie Phelps

Geoffrey & Kimberly Clauss

Joanne Goldstein

Barbara Peterson

Carol & Peter Sandman

Carole Dawes

Cynthia & Chris Nicola

Greg Priest