"SOMArts has been fortunate to work with Philanthropy by Design to reinvigorate our office space and lobby. This project will benefit all of the community organizations who use our space each year, and it would not have been possible without their help."


Lex Leifheit
Executive Director
SOMArts Cultural Center

SOMArts Cultural Center

San Francisco, CA



The mission of SOMArts Cultural Center is to promote and nurture art at the community level and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. In the early years of Neighborhood Arts, the City’s program provided performance space and much-needed technical support such as sound, lighting and poster printing to arts and cultural groups who did not have access elsewhere. Today, as one of four city-owned cultural centers, SOMArts continues to provide essential services and large, affordable space in the heart of the city.


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Project Highlight

Caroline Ranere and Diana Mangaser combined innovation with practicality to achieve impressive results on a tight budget. We especially appreciated their inclusion of suggestions from the staff and their willingness to pitch in in every way ... from using their design skills to painting the walls, organizing volunteers and securing donations.
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The project requirements include space planning as well as new desks, chairs, storage, a lighting solution to replace current spot lights for one room and conference room furniture for an adjacent space. Volunteers Julie Drechsel and Diana Mangaser and PBD president Linda Schanfein conducted an initial site visit guided by SOMArts Exective Director, Lex Leifheit.


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Site visit

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Julie Drechsel

Caroline Ranere, Ranere Design Group (space planning)

Diana Mangaser, PBD intern

Linda Schanfein


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