About

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@GAFFTA) brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture. GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good and artistic advancement. In this capacity, we maintain relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists, and civic leaders. By continually engaging and connecting this diverse community with challenges and opportunities, we extract forward-thinking technological solutions with proven capacity to create positive change.

In just over three years, GAFFTA has become quickly recognized as a national leader in our field. Our work has been supported by a wide variety of prominent public, private, and foundation sponsors, including The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Foundation, Adobe Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Google, Twitter, American Express, The Creators Project (Intel and VICE), Waze, Splunk, and more.

We partner frequently with leading academic institutions, including the Stanford d.school, UC Berkeley Center for New Media, UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts and New Media Program, and San Francisco State Conceptual Information Arts Department.

Our rapidly-growing, diverse set of organizational partners includes Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, MIT SENSEable Cities Lab, Code for America, Change.org, ZERO1, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, Hub Bay Area, Swissnex, and many more.

Our work has been featured in The New York Times, Associated Press, GOOD, Fast Company, Mashable, and other domestic and international outlets, and is presented frequently at conferences around the world.

Money raised from fundraisers, such as Gray Area’s Seaquence or the annual Galvanize Gala, go directly back into pairing digital artists with civic or institutional projects.

Our stakeholders include:

  • neighborhoods & municipalities
  • digital artists
  • communities touched by the data we analyze
  • urban planners & planning officials
  • community non-profits
  • local service organizations