Mission

Decentered Arts is a San Francisco non-profit organization dedicated to building community through art of all mediums

Vision

Decentered Arts is building an accessible and interconnected arts scene in San Francisco. Whether you create or appreciate poetry, visual art, comedy, or music, Decentered Arts promotes spaces for people to learn from, inspire, and support each other. We envision a San Francisco art scene that can interface with an increasingly complex world, welding art as a tool and way of thinking.

Values

Reliable

We hold space and promote the scene through quality programming and are steadily diversifying the pool of local talent.

Accessible

Our events and digital tools are free or volunteer-based, for all ages, and all levels, skewing sober.

Supportive

We grow artists through mentorship, teaching, and opportunities. Empowering diverse artists to be teachers and facilitators.

Approach

Nurturing Talent

Encouraging emerging and underrepresented artists by facilitating their development through workshops, performances, and community

In-Person Experiences

Holding curated community events such as open mics, readings, fashion shows, and exhibitions with multimedia appeal

Spreading The Word

Publishing and promoting the work of artists and local art collectives through our Eventracker, newsletter, publishing press, and culture hub

Our Story

Since 2018 Decentered Arts has been holding space for artists of all mediums in the Bay Area. The team consists of a group of friends who connect over the power of “low key” environments to foster creative output, and unlock untapped potential in everyone who participates. In 2023, Decentered Arts was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit co-founded by Liz and Theory and now serves as a roof over the head of existing projects, and opens up spaces for new endeavors within the vision. Our team and core collaborators continue to grow.

Why Decentered?

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The Decentered Team

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Liz Cahill

Co-founder & Executive Director

Liz leads the organizational and strategic direction of Decentered Arts. Outside of Decentered Arts, Liz is a founding member and resident of Uzay Gallery, a poet, event producer, and researcher. She is working on her first book of poems. Outside of arts she can be found cooking food for friends and biking with her tiny dog Rya in a back pack.

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Theory

Co-founder

Theory leads the creative and strategic direction of Decentered Arts. Theory is a resident and volunteer at The Center SF, a recent MFA Graduate from the University of San Francisco, and is publishing his first novel. Professionally he’s a senior video editor for Vox.

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Rhea Joseph

COO & CMO

Rhea leads operations, marketing, and strategy for Decentered Arts. She is a poet, curator, and event producer who comes from a long line of artists and entrepreneurs. She is passionate about mental health, wellness, and technology. Rhea finds power through community and loves exploring global cultures.

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Harmonie Malengo

Communications & Marketing Specialist

Harmonie has joined DCA as the Communications and Marketing Specialist. She is a multi-hyphenate creative with expertise in digital marketing, photography, creative direction and production. Harmonie is also the Co-founder of Hotspot Creatives, an organization that empowers emerging creatives and strengthens community connections.

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Ben Draffin

Chairperson of the Board

Ben brings his extensive knowledge of running startups and nonprofits to Decentered Arts, implementing best practices within the leadership and guiding our technological infrastructure. In addition to being a published poet, Ben performs improvised bedtime stories, standup comedy, and teaches workshops on storytelling.

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At Decentered Arts we believe in building resilient community through art of all mediums. To help achive this we produce Decentered Open Mic, Eventracker, Writers Group, Poolside Poets, curated events, and more to come!

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