Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company Builds Vibrant Contemporary Dances To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of The Challenges Attributed To Mixed Heritage.

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As we move into a new space, we are raising funds to expand our programs.


Through a steady stream of partnerships and collaborations, we’ve been able to intersect values found in dance and community engagement. The next logical step in our progression is to enhance our programming  by expanding onto our own floor in the multi-tenant arts hub run by the Community Arts Stabilization Trust.

The BIPOC Artists Sanctuary & Enrichment or BΛSE is the new home of PUSH Dance Company. Growing Sanctuary is our campaign to raise $300,000 for artistic, educational and community engagement during our 2022-2023 season.

3rd Floor Plan


Dedicated to the performing arts, the sanctuary encompasses over 2,400 sq ft with affordable rate access to individual artists, choreographers, community partners, audiences and students. The design is ADA compliant to enhance accessibility for artists with disabilities. The primary focus of space is to serve as a refuge for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and artists.

See what’s happening over at PUSH >> Learn more


100% of your donation will fund powerful artists and educational programs —with Your help, we’re halfway to our goal!

Will you join us?

Be a part of something new, a cause to bridge humanitarian work with the arts. The past few years have demonstrated how meaningful dance is to our lives.

Small donations

We welcome tax-deductible donations of any size or amount. Gifts of $25 or any amount receive a thank you in our newsletters, website & social media.

Leadership donations

Incentives in this tax-deductible donation level include naming recognition on our lobby wall and newsletters, website and social media.

Watch as the Company Artists of PUSH talk about what sanctuary and home mean to them. Learn more about 447 Minna.
We’re raising funds for
Health & Wellness Programming
Office & Sound Equipment
Mirrors & Barres

Help us reach our goal

Empower our ability to reach more people.

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BΛSE Vision

This vision includes BΛSE, a monumental endeavor to share reparative and restorative dance practices through classes, workshops, residencies and performances. The exceptional design allows for a convertible studio for large or small gatherings. By supporting us, you’ll be growing a dynamic vision to amplify the voices of BIPOC artists in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Our Growing Sanctuary campaign is a bold step to significantly enhance our programs in a rapidly changing climate.

Raissa Simpson Sanctuary
Raissa Simpson, PUSH Artistic Director at 447 Minna. Photo by Scott Horton.


It started in 2020 with a rigorously orchestrated plan to respond to the George Floyd uprising and the global pandemic.

1. Initiation

Aug 2020 // Raissa engages Victor Gotesman Performing Arts Facility Planning

2. Planning

Oct 2020 // A work group made up of community members is formed to assess the feasibility study and space planning

3. Collaboration

Jan 2021 // Community Arts Stabilization Trust or CAST is engaged as a potential landlord at 447 Minna

4. Soft Opening

Mar 2022 // Popup events and informational meetings in the local SOMA district community.

5. Build-out

Underway (started Aug 2021) // This is where we are now: Development of architecture, renderings and contract work on the 3rd Floor

6. Grand Opening

September 2022 // Our target date to move into 447 Minna on the 3rd Fl

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    Every penny goes towards enriching the lives of artists, children & families. Our total operating expenses currently allow for 85% of our income to go to programming that benefits the community as a whole.

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    Through a compassionate & life-affirming approach to programs based on community input, we intersect dance with amplifying the voices of BIPOC artists.

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