Headlands Center for the Arts

Community Rapid Response Fund Recipients

In August, 2020, Headlands Center for the Arts solicited applications for support for in-progress, community-based projects led by artists. Our aim with the Community Rapid Response Fund is to support work focused on health, safety, and risk management for workers and neighbors; the reopening and recovery of local businesses; the preservation of legacy or historic community resources; and social or civic justice movements; and developed in partnership between artists and Bay Area businesses, organizations, or others.


CRRF Recipients:

Praba Pilar
The Techno Tamaladas
Emeryville, CA

The Techno-Tamaladas draw on thousands of years of practice & knowledge cultivating corn/maize across the Americas to sustain life. Recognizing the Indigenous technology of nixtamalization—the Nahuatl word for steeping and cooking maize in water with ash or slaked lime—and how it increases nutritional value and reduces mycotoxins, provides a springboard to reimagine technological futurity.

This BIPOC-led project is an open invitation to tinkerers, artists, activists, scientists, eco folks, immigrants, refugees, students, homeless folks, tamale makers, tech workers, city council members, tamale lovers, and all community to sit together, make and share tamales, and dialogue on the sustainable technologies of communities of color.

Funds will be used for the planting and tending of community milpas (mixed cropping fields) in Emeryville and Fruitvale, in partnership with ProArts Gallery of Oakland, African American video artist Ben Simmons, and Mexican scholar Charlotte Sáenz.


Ratskin Records
Mixed Reality Festival
Oakland, CA

Ratskin Records is a collective record label and archival imprint championing decolonial experimental music based in the Bay Area. We focus on LGBTQ+, Black, Native, POC, and disabled artists who create work that sonically and politically pushes boundaries toward liberation. We work together to create an alternative to an industry that has historically exploited and devalued artist labor and work towards solutions for better artistic sustainability, as these mediums of expression are wholly important to the cultural empowerment of all marginalized people. We see the work of decolonial artists as world-building activism that centers empathy and basic human needs. The crux of our work is centered in engaging the healing power of sound for communities in struggle.

Funds will be used for the upcoming Mixed Reality Festival, an immersive VR event for de-colonial artists that untethers itself from the daily oppression of our lives.


Irrelevant Press
Free Protest and Justice Printing (for Bay Area BIPOC Folks)
Oakland, CA

Irrelevant Press is a zine collective and small press based in Oakland, CA.

Funds will be used for free printing resources for Black artists and authors at no cost, requested via the Printing Justice League, an online alliance of printers worldwide formed after the George Floyd protests. These zines/prints/pamphlets have also raised significant funds for local housing, mutual aid, and racial justice organizations and continue to do so every day.


Vessels of Vallejo
Billboards for Justice
Vallejo, CA

Vessels of Vallejo is a community organization working to bring an end to the oppressive system that relies on the policing and the criminalization of disadvantaged people, specifically those of the Black and Brown community.

Vessels of Vallejo has secured a six-month outdoor advertising contract for a Billboards for Justice campaign. The billboards will demand justice for victims of the Vallejo Police Department and promote accountability and transparency within policing and city government.

Funds will be used for the commissioning of artwork from Vallejo-based BIPOC artists and art students for billboards in downtown and central Vallejo.


Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Black Exodus Zine
San Francisco, CA

Black Exodus is the first chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s (Dis)location project: a multi-platform publication and workshop series centered on the issue of local housing justice, with Black Exodus focusing on the historically Black neighborhoods of the Bayview/Hunters Point and the Fillmore/Western Addition in San Francisco, and centering Black residents in the mapping of these neighborhoods’ pasts, presents, and imagined futures.

Funds will be used for the print and online zine project: (Dis)location: Black Exodus, which, while having reached the key milestone of an initial print run and website launch, is in need of immediate funding for the costs of printing a second run of zines, distributing them to key stakeholders, and updating the website with post-COVID content related to the key issue of housing justice and Black displacement in San Francisco at a moment when the voices, message and resources included in the project are urgently needed to be heard and made widely available.



About Headlands Center for the Arts
Founded in 1982, Headlands Center for the Arts operates a multidisciplinary, international arts center best known for its dynamic public programs and highly lauded artist residency. Located in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Headlands’ historic nine-building campus is dedicated to process-driven exploration and risk-taking contemporary art in all disciplines. Headlands’ Artists Programs provide artists with opportunities for research, professional development, and peer-to-peer exchange at critical times in their careers. 

Headlands’ programs for artists and the public are possible thanks to generous support from Headlands Board of Directors, donors, underwriters, foundations, and other institutional partners.