¡viva ATA!

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EIN: 94-2963210


Artists' Television Access is a San Francisco-based, artist-run, non-profit organization that cultivates and promotes culturally-aware, underground media and experimental art. We provide an accesible screening venue and gallery for the exhibition of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, and events. We believe in fostering a supportive community for the exhibition of innovative art and the exchange of non-conformist ideas.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

The Radical Collective

Main address

992 Valencia Street

San Francisco, CA 94110 USA

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Subject area info

Artists' services

Visual arts


Performance art

Film and video

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Population served info


LGBTQ people

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Artists and performers

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NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Performing Arts (A60)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ATA is committed to providing a place for working artists from all disciplines to present their work, for culture enthusiasts who share ATA’s commitment to underground art and non-conformist ideas, for comrades from communities routinely overlooked by dominant culture due to their art form or their identity, and for students seeking real world welcome and validation for their emerging craft. We are holding space for an inter-generational audience, ranging from counterculture supporters of our founders to underage youth enjoying the work of their peers in the safe space and punk ethos of ATA. We are a culture center for low-income audiences who relay on our low- and no-cost admission despite our location in ground zero for San Francisco’s current wave of gentrification.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ATA Film and Video Screenings

ATA’s Mission District storefront microcinema present work created by and for historically marginalized communities. Our curatorial focus is on radical and experimental art, reflects explicitly inclusive and progressive politics, and serves communities routinely excluded from the mainstream.

In addition to co-located Other Cinema, Right Window Gallery and 3rdi Films, we provide a home for art and media made by non-dominant communities, including Periwinkle Queer Cinema, CineMas, Left Eye Cinema, Bay Area Black Independent Film Festival and Small Press Traffic.

Each year we produce over 150 programs featuring the work of emerging artists, queer cinema, activist media, Black media, Latinx media, live performance, youth media and music, legacy screenings with longstanding partners Canyon Cinema, San Francisco Cinematheque and the faculty and students at San Francisco State University, City College, University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, and the SFAI diaspora.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Economically disadvantaged people
LGBTQ people
Ethnic and racial groups

The ATA Gallery presents monthly exhibitions of installation, time-based and noncommercial art by SF Bay Area artists.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Economically disadvantaged people
LGBTQ people
Ethnic and racial groups

ATA is in the planning stages to resume the pre-pandemic partnership with the San Francisco Library to mine the treasures from the Library’s 16mm film archive, now held by ATA in partnership with the Pacific Film Archive.

In 2024, free screenings will be held in branch libraries each quarter, and free community workshops will transmit the art of 16mm film conservation.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Economically disadvantaged people
LGBTQ people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A decade ago our neighbors were a bodega-slash-Santeria store and a political campaign headquarters. Today we sit between an upmarket but mostly-defunct bar-venue and a fierce family enterprise taking the leap from streetside pop-up to brick and mortar restaurant on the site of a shuttered restaurant.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 3.98 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ARTISTS TELEVISION ACCESS’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2015 2016
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $94,309 $829
As % of expenses 109.1% 0.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $94,309 $829
As % of expenses 109.1% 0.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $180,324 $120,776
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -33.0%
Program services revenue 33.5% 57.3%
Membership dues 0.1% 0.7%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 6.9% 10.5%
All other grants and contributions 59.4% 31.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $86,474 $119,943
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 38.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 2.8%
Occupancy 90.3% 82.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 9.7% 14.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016
Total expenses (after depreciation) $86,474 $119,943
One month of savings $7,206 $9,995
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $93,680 $129,938

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016
Months of cash 8.7 7.2
Months of cash and investments 8.7 7.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 24.1 17.5
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016
Cash $62,549 $72,015
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $118,792 $103,472
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $173,629 $174,458

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2015 2016
Material data errors No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

The Radical Collective

ATA is led by a radical collective of working artists who program, staff and lead in close communication and alliance with community.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Board of directors
as of 08/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Alex Cruse

Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer and Curator

Term: 2020 -

Suki O'Kane

Musician / Composer

Fara Akrami

ATA Programming

Gilbert Guerrero

Shapeshifters Cinema

Kent Howie

Artists’ Television (ATV)

Ali Kashani

San Francisco State University

Ariel Zaccheo

Curator / Writer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.