Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, & studios
Since its founding in 2002 by three MFA graduates of the San Francisco Art Institute, Root Division has brought together artists, teachers, curators, local schools, audiences, individuals, and foundations, to achieve its mission. Root Division runs four interconnected programs – Studios, Youth Education, Adult Education, and Exhibitions & Events
– which link diverse audiences and interests in mutually beneficial relationships. Our programs not only nurture creativity, but also foster volunteerism and community engagement that is vital to the social, economic, and cultural health of the Bay Area.
Our Studios Program
acts as hub for interaction and development for promising emerging artists, while empowering them to give back to the community. Currently we host 18 artists in 16 studios at below-market rates in exchange for their volunteer hours towards the organization. Apply for a studio!
In our Youth Education Program
, we recruit, train, and place volunteer artists to teach free art classes in one of our six after-school partner programs, creating a link between practicing artists and the schools community. Root Division provides free art classes to over 500 underserved students in grades K-12 each year. Volunteer to teach
or intern with us
Our Adult Education Program
offers dozens of inspiring and affordable courses, such as Drawing, Screen Printing, and Sewing, for adults interested in expanding their artistic skill-set. We also offer Professional Development Workshops that provide artists support and direction in composing portfolios, building websites, and developing practical business skills. Sign up for an art class today
Our Exhibitions & Events Program
provides a platform for innovative artwork in an engaging environment. Our Second Saturday Exhibition Series presents a fresh show each month featuring an innovative collection of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. In the past year Root Division showcased the work of over 400 artists, fostered 8 curatorial visions, and welcomed over 3800 visitors to our gallery. Visit our current exhibition
, or propose an idea of your own