Kary Schulman | 2012 Dance/USA Champion Honoree
For the past 30 years Kary Schulman has been the Director of the Grants for the Arts program of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the municipal funding agency for San Francisco’s arts community. Under her leadership, funding for the agency has grown over six fold, now granting almost $9 million dollars to 220 arts organizations and cultural projects, ranging from ethnic neighborhood celebrations to the San Francisco Opera. Grants for the Arts is widely regarded as one of the most generous and progressive city arts funders in theUnited States.
Kary Schulman has served on numerous panels and advisory committees for such agencies as the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, The Non-Profit Management Program of the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, the National Council on Foundations, and the Seattle Art Commission. Among her awards and honors are the City of San Francisco’s Managerial Excellence Award, the SPUR Public Managerial Efficiency Award, the Silver Cable Car Award from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Business Arts Council Trustee’s Award, the Spirit of the Opera Award from the San Francisco Opera, the Philanthropy Award from Chorus America, as well as an honorary degree from the American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA Program.
She published Beyond Profit (Harper & Row), a management guide for non-profit, community, and volunteer organizations, co-authored with Fred Setterberg in 1985.
Prior to working for the City, Kary Schulman served as Executive Director of Feedback Productions, a grassroots agency which pioneered a model of art and social service to two special constituencies: children and the elderly. Her work before moving to San Francisco included positions as Performing Arts Coordinator for Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and as public affairs producer for community radio station WYSO, also in Yellow Springs.