what we do

Thriving artists fuel vibrant, engaged communities. 

Yet, as a profession, artists consistently face limited access to financial resources, studio space, and mentorship.

Our mission at headquarters is to offer space and support to artists who want to spark positive connections and change in themselves, their communities, and society at large. 

Since 2011, we've worked closely with over 500 creatives from across disciplines and sectors to produce art shows, concerts, storytelling events, murals, and art-based academic inquiry. 

We use a stone soup sharing approach to offer space and creative support to a wide variety of artists, writers, musicians, and scholars. In turn, our collaborators breathe life into the headquarters project.

Rigorous. Experimental. Serendipitous. Playful. The shows and events are always full of surprises.

We aim to meet and support each person where they are. Our projects have included beginners, college students, emerging artists, scholars, best-selling authors, anonymous street artists, and folks who have shown at the Venice Biennale, SFMOMA, and Victoria and Albert Museum.

If you need creative support or have a project proposal, please feel free to get in touch. 

 

 Chris McNevin, tidying up before (t)here opening. Self-portrait, graphite. 

Chris McNevin, tidying up before (t)here opening. Self-portrait, graphite. 

You’ve really built something special right there in downtown Berkeley!
— Lawrence Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive