Nyame Brown Artist Exhibition at CIIS

The Arts at CIIS


A renowned San Francisco exhibition center, where people from different identities and communities connect through the arts and culture.

Image: Nyame Brown's exhibition Bay-Sick Black (2023) in the Desai | Matta Gallery.

The Arts at CIIS is rooted in the belief that arts and culture advance civic participation and engagement in our communities, nourish curiosity, and foster discourse across differences about the challenges we share and the future we’re creating. We are committed to supporting the creation and presentation of new and experimental works in all disciplines by artists representing a pluralism of voices, identities, and communities.

We support arts that:

  • Are research-based, process-oriented, risk-taking, and critical in nature. 
  • Promote pluralism and a complex understanding of our distinct and overlapping histories. 
  • Pose critical questions informed by a deep engagement with context, from the local to the international.
  • Advance resilient and interdependent communities.
    are created by emerging artists while presenting a platform for intergenerational dialogue.
  • Are in critical dialogue with the history of CIIS, informing and rendering more complex our understanding of that history in the present day. 
  • Foster integral and interdisciplinary connections with the CIIS community and academic curriculum.
Photo of a dancer in Tibetan clothing holding a colorful wand

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We have been curating evocative exhibitions for a decade and a half.

Image: Chaksam-Pa Tibetan Dance and Opera Company in front of Ang Tsherin Sherpa's Himalayan Contemporary exhibition (2017).