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

(415) 864-8855
@thelabsf / #thelabsf

Our space is 1/2 block from the 16th and Mission BART. A wheelchair lift is located through the glass doors one door down from our main entrance, 2940 16th Street, open 9am-5pm Monday–Friday. Call (415) 864-8855 or email to have that entrance opened, or to discuss other accessibility options.

Please check our program calendar for hours.


The Lab gives funding, time, and space to traditionally underrepresented artists and art forms. The organization intentionally focuses on supporting and amplifying the work of experimental artists who identify as African and African-American; Latinx; Asian and Asian-American; Arab and Arab-American; Indigenous American; Pacific Islander; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; differently-abled; and female. We seek to reach visionary artists whose economic and cultural realities have been ignored for too long, to the impoverishment of us all. The Lab is, above all, a catalyst for artistic experimentation. As a site of ongoing iteration and indeterminacy, it seeks to transform alongside artistic practices in order to engage meaningfully with diverse communities in San Francisco's Mission District and beyond.


We believe it is important to constantly question our own organizational model and to deeply engage with new artistic practices and modes of thinking around the arts. The Lab embodies the desires of creative, critical, and compassionate individuals. We want audiences to be inspired by the way we work, not just what we produce.

To that end, The Lab is W.A.G.E. Certified. W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by working artists that publicly recognizes nonprofit arts organizations demonstrating a commitment to voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum standard.

The Lab proudly adopts the We Have Voice Code of Conduct for the Performing Arts. This code promotes zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to sexual harassment and bullying. The commitments and definitions herein promote the creation and strengthening of safe(r) spaces that uphold the equitable treatment of all people regardless of their various identities and positionalities, including gender identity, race, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, immigration status, sexual orientation and identity, class position and economic background, and religious belief and affiliation.

The Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, federal ID number 94-2952488.

We are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time.


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Staff & Board

Director: Dena Beard
Production Manager: Michael Goldwater
Technical Manager: Anthony Russell
Board: Anna Acquistapace, Tayo Akanni, Drew Cushing, Miriam Dym, Minnette Lehmann, Perrin Meyer, Ann Rich, Jessica Shaefer, Neal Strickberger, Beau Takahara

Advisory Council

Natasha Boas, International Independent Curator; Mary Ceruti, Director of Sculpture Center; Joseph Del Pesco, International Director of Kadist Foundation; Anthony Huberman, Director of the Wattis Institute; Ben Kinmont, Artist; Claudia La Rocco, Editor of SFMOMA's Open Space; Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist; Jon Leidecker, Musician; Constance Lewallen, Adjunct Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Aki Onda, Artist and Curator of TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama; Eric Rodenbeck, CEO of Stamen Design; Mike Scagliatti, Violet World Foundation; Laetitia Sonami, Artist; Vikki Tobak, Writer and Independent Curator; and Tashi Wada, Artist.


$80,000 level and above:

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Grants for the Arts
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Meyer Sound (in-kind donation)

$40,000 level and above:

Creative Work Fund

$15,000 level and above:

San Francisco Arts Commission

$5,000 level and above:

Perrin Meyer
Benjamin Petrosky
Jessica Shaefer
Graue Family Foundation
Violet World Foundation
Zellerbach Family Fund
New Music USA
Adobe, Inc.
Google, Inc.

$2,000 level and above:

Anna Acquistapace
Miriam Dym
Maryann Faricy
Minnette Lehmann
Al McElrath
Teresa Ann Rich
Neal Strickberger
Beau Takahara
Shari Wilk
Art Now Foundation
The Jay DeFeo Foundation
San Francisco Foundation

$1,000 level and above:

Natasha Boas
Elisa Durrette
Barry McGee
Julie Norris
Kristina Lee Podesva
Deborah & Andrew Rappaport
Danny Reddin
Vikki Tobak
Apple, Inc.
Dolby, Inc.

And through the crucial, continuing support of our MEMBERS

Colpa Press created our graphic identity