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CELLspace (1996-2012) was a 501c3 non-profit providing space and facility usage for the creation and presentation of the arts. As a volunteer-driven organization, CELLspace did not provide any direct programs.

CELLspace occasionally offered fiscal sponsorship for emerging community projects, including Green Depot Sustainable Solutions Project, HealthFuel, The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, and the Hoffman Music Project.

CELLspace was founded on the Spring Equinox of 1996 when a group of artists and educators leased a former screen printing warehouse on Bryant Street to develop a communal workspace for collaborative and community-based arts. This dedicated staff of volunteers nurtured and developed their vision over the years, and eventually filed for 501c3 (non-profit) status. Events, classes, exhibits, and other types of arts and programming happened while the community developed the actual space inside of CELL, and grants soon came in to support our mission.

CELLspace grew in its scope and outreach, expanding into youth services that offered after school arts classes, tutoring, counseling, off-site workshops, leadership opportunities, and vocational training. A three year capital campaign helped a city-mandated renovation project needed to obtain our Place of Entertainment permit. Since its inception, CELLspace worked to provide affordable space for artists to work in many types of media. This not only includes events and exhibits, but also puppetry, circus arts, metalsmithing, fine arts, performing arts, craft making, music recording, and more.[1]


2050 Bryant Street, San Francisco


Jonathan Youtt, Justin Bondi and Tryntje Rapalje

Dates of Operation


Type of Space

Performance Venue/Art Gallery/Studio space

Community Served

Youth/Mission community

Additional Information and Resources

Web Archive

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.


  1. http://www.cellspace.org/new/node/3