The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The Lab


2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

@thelabsf / #thelabsf

Our space is wheelchair accessible and is located 1/2 block from the 16th and Mission BART.

Please check our program calendar for hours.


The Lab is a catalyst for artistic experimentation. Our projects ignite critical dialogue amongst individuals, organizations, and communities. We support diverse and underserved artists, providing them with essential resources, time, and space to develop work that takes risks and pushes the boundaries of the non-profit platform. As a site of constant innovation and iteration, our programming exposes the elements of art making and transforms the creative process here and abroad.

We are W.A.G.E. Certified. W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by working artists that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations demonstrating a commitment to voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum standard.

The Lab does not accept unsolicited submissions.


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Board & Staff

Director: Dena Beard
Special Projects Manager: Jackie Clay
Artistic Director: Michael Goldwater
Technicians: Joshua Brooks, Anthony Russell
Board: Al McElrath, Perrin Meyer, Alan Millar, Benjamin Petrosky, Jessica Shaefer, Vikki Tobak, Shari Wilk

We were photographed by Tomo Saito

Colpa Press created our graphic identity


Creative Work Fund
Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
New Music USA
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Discretionary Awards from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Foundation
Violet World Foundation
Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Zellerbach Family Fund

And with crucial and continuing support from our MEMBERS