The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions: supporting the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Launched in 2017 in honor of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the five-year, $8 million initiative awards 10 commissions annually in five performing arts disciplines. These artworks will bring communities together in the Bay Area and go on to inspire, engage, and challenge audiences across the country and around the world in years to come.

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Music Composition

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Terence Blanchard
Kronos Quartet
“At War With Ourselves” explores race relations in America
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Taylor Eigsti
Community School of Music and Arts
“Imagine Our Future,” a jazz piece crowdsourced from students
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Jake Heggie
Music at Kohl Mansion
“Violins of Hope Bay Area Project,” using historic instruments
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Laura Kaminsky
Opera Parallèle
“Today it Rains,” an opera inspired by the life of Georgia O’Keeffe
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Dohee Lee
Peralta Hacienda
“MU巫: 9 Goddesses,” a mythological performance ritual
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Jimmy López
Cal Performances at UC Berkeley
"Dreamer," on the U.S. immigrant experience
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Meredith Monk
Mills College
"Indra's Net," a soundscape connecting people with nature
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Huang Ruo
Del Sol String Quartet
“Angel Island Oratorio,” inspired by immigrant poetry
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DJ Spooky
The Internet Archive
“Sonic Web,” an acoustic portrait of the Internet
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Miguel Zenón
SFJAZZ
“Golden City Suite,” rooted in San Francisco's communities

Theater, Spoken Word & Musical Theater

Coming 2018

Dance, Multi-Discipline Performance Art

Coming 2019

Folk & Traditional Arts

Coming 2020

Film & Media

Coming 2021

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