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Goodwill Label Stories

Public Programs

Goodwill Label Stories

Pop-up with artist Lynda Grose

Saturday, December 30, 2023, 2–4 PM

A dynamic conversation on second-hand clothing, sustainability and the fashion industry at this interactive pop-up event. Bring your own thrifted garment or browse a selection from Goodwill to take home.

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Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Workshops

Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 27, 2023, 4–5 PM

A free yoga class where you can find your flow while immersed in the art of our ongoing exhibition Bay Area Now 9.

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Sip & Sketch: José Figueroa

Workshops

Sip & Sketch: José Figueroa

Presented by YBCA

Thursday, December 21, 2023, 5:30–8 PM

Grab your sketching tool of choice, your beverage of choice, and a seat for Sip & Sketch with BAN9 artist José Figueroa.

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pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: Mapping Our World

Public Programs

pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: Mapping Our World

Workshops presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 2–4 PM

Using pencils, watercolor, brush pens and more, observe your surroundings and put them on paper to create a playful reflection of what you see—and how you see it. This workshop is inspired by BAN9 artist José Figueroa and his practice of abundant observational artworks.

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Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Workshops

Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 20, 2023, 4–5 PM

A free yoga class where you can find your flow while immersed in the art of our ongoing exhibition Bay Area Now 9.

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Insufficient Memory

Public Art

Insufficient Memory

Sean Fader

2019–2023

An interactive Google Earth map which allows you to engage with a digital memorial to LGBTQ+ lives.

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Audio Archive Booth

Public Art

Audio Archive Booth

Sholeh Asgary

2023

Engage with artist Sholeh Asgary’s Audio Archive Booth to record stories, reflections, experiences, hopes, dreams, pasts, and futures of the Iranian diaspora.

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Cyanotype on Film Workshop

Workshops

Cyanotype on Film Workshop

Sunday, December 17, 2023, 11 AM–5 PM

Learn the chemistry, tools, and techniques used to print permanent cyanotype images on 16mm film in this workshop with filmmaker John Davis.

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Dance-Along Nutcracker 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas

Performances

Dance-Along Nutcracker 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas

Presented by San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

December 16 & 17, 2023

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Pilates for Every Body

Public Programs

Pilates for Every Body

Pilates class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 1–2 PM

Get ready to move joyfully in this Pilates class, where you’ll find your ideal equilibrium between body, mind, and spirit.

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Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet

Performances

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet

Presented by Smuin Contemporary Ballet

December 14–24, 2023

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pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: Mixed Media Collage

Public Programs

pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: Mixed Media Collage

Workshops presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 2–4 PM

Explore the art of mixed media collage by experimenting with beads, personal ephemera, photos and a span of art supplies. This workshop is inspired by BAN9 artist Courtney Desire Morris.

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Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Workshops

Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 4–5 PM

A free yoga class where you can find your flow while immersed in the art of our ongoing exhibition Bay Area Now 9.

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The Artist at Work: José Figueroa

Workshops

The Artist at Work: José Figueroa

Presented by YBCA

Sunday, December 10, 2023, 12–3 PM

Drop in on this artmaking session with BAN9 artist José Figueroa and try out his drawing process for yourself.

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Pilates for Every Body

Public Programs

Pilates for Every Body

Pilates class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 1–2 PM

Get ready to move joyfully in this Pilates class, where you’ll find your ideal equilibrium between body, mind, and spirit.

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Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop

Workshops

Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop

Presented by YBCA

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 2–4 PM

Learn some basic tapestry weaving techniques and discover how to transform your personal materials into threads in a Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop with BAN9 artist Indira Allegra.

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21st Annual Parol Lantern Festival

Public Programs

21st Annual Parol Lantern Festival

Presented by Filipino-American Development Foundation & SOMA Pilipinas

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 3–8 PM

A fun-filled cultural festival of food, drinks, art, dance, music, and shopping at YBCA, located in the vibrant SOMA Pilipinas – Filipino Cultural Heritage District.

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Spectral Evidence

Screenings & Films

Spectral Evidence

A showcase of expanded cinema

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 12–2 PM

A dynamic film program from Shapeshifter Cinema, featuring three sets of kinetic, multi-projector, and multimedia performances.

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Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Workshops

Art + Asana: Free Yoga Class

Presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 4–5 PM

A free yoga class where you can find your flow while immersed in the art of our ongoing exhibition Bay Area Now 9.

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pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: 3D Collage

Public Programs

pARTicipate workshop with ChiChai Mateo: 3D Collage

Workshops presented by YBCA

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 2–4 PM

Create a Bangka (boat) using supplies like tissue paper, construction paper and markers, to develop a 3D collage. This workshop is inspired by BAN9 artist Champoy.

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Pilates for Every Body

Public Programs

Pilates for Every Body

Pilates class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 1–2 PM

Get ready to move joyfully in this Pilates class, where you’ll find your ideal equilibrium between body, mind, and spirit.

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Material Cinema Workshop

Workshops

Material Cinema Workshop

Workshop presented by Shapeshifters Cinema

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 12–5 PM

Learn how to repurpose castaway mid-century 16mm film through scratching, painting, puncturing, boiling, bleaching, and more in this hands-on material cinema bonanza with filmmaker Ellie Vanderlip.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

Dance

The Velveteen Rabbit

Presented by ODC/Dance

December 2–10, 2023

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Prismatic Permutations: Expanded Cinema Performances

Screenings & Films

Prismatic Permutations: Expanded Cinema Performances

Bay Area Now 9 Looping Film Program

December 1–30, 2023, 11 AM–5 PM

An hour-long program of select expanded cinema performances that have been presented by Shapeshifters Cinema over its 11-year history.

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Goodwill Label Stories

Public Programs

Goodwill Label Stories

Pop-up with artist Lynda Grose

Sunday, November 26, 2023, 12–2 PM

A dynamic conversation on second-hand clothing, sustainability and the fashion industry at this interactive pop-up event. Bring your own thrifted garment or browse a selection from Goodwill to take home.

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Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop

Workshops

Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop

Workshop presented by YBCA

November 11, 2023, 2–4 PM

Learn some basic tapestry weaving techniques and discover how to transform your personal materials into threads in a Ritual Repair Weaving Workshop with BAN9 artist Indira Allegra.

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Becoming: On Practices of Queer Belonging

Panel Discussion

Becoming: On Practices of Queer Belonging

Panel Discussion presented by YBCA

Postponed

A panel conversation about examining systems, ancestries, and rituals of belonging, present in Black, Filipinx, queer, gender-variant life—as they relate to the ongoing Bay Area Now 9 exhibition.

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Canyon Cinema Across Time and Space

Screenings & Films

Canyon Cinema Across Time and Space

Bay Area Now 9 Looping Film Program

November 1–30, 2023, 11 AM–5 PM

A selection of films from the Canyon Cinema collection tracing six decades of experimental filmmaking in the Bay Area.

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APAture 2023: Unearthing, a film showcase

Screenings & Films

APAture 2023: Unearthing, a film showcase

In partnership with Kearny Street Workshop

October 29, 2023, 2–4:30 PM

A film showcase featuring Adamu Chan, as a part of Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multi-disciplinary arts festival, APAture.

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Contempora for Every Body

Public Programs

Contempora for Every Body

Movement workshop in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

October 28, 2023, 1–2 PM

Discover the limitless possibilities of movement in this workshop with instructor Fernando Ramos.

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Hip-Hop for Every Body

Public Programs

Hip-Hop for Every Body

Dance class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

October 26, 2023, 10–11 AM

This class with Clyde Evans, Jr. teaches hip hop as a universal language that transcends barriers of age, ability, and background.

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Body Percussion for Every Body

Public Programs

Body Percussion for Every Body

Dance class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

October 21, 2023, 1–2 PM

A dynamic class that combines the fundamentals of stepping and STOMP-style body percussion.

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San Francisco Cinematheque: Contemporary Views from the Bay Area

Screenings & Films

San Francisco Cinematheque: Contemporary Views from the Bay Area

In partnership with San Francisco Cinematheque

October 21, 2023, 3–5 PM

Nine works by ten contemporary Bay Area filmmakers, a cross-section of the Bay Area’s ever-vibrant multi-generational community curated by Steve Polta, artistic director of San Francisco Cinematheque.

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Community Weaving with Charlene Tan

Public Programs

Community Weaving with Charlene Tan

Workshop presented by YBCA in partnership with SOMCAN

Sunday, October 15, 2023, 1–3 PM

A workshop to co-create a large-scale weaving artwork featured in BAN9 by artist Charlene Tan.

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Parol Lantern Workshops

Public Programs

Parol Lantern Workshops

Presented by SOMA Pilipinas

October 14–December 3, 2023

Learn the art of making your own parol lantern at these free, family-friendly workshops led by SOMA Pilipinas.

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Canyon Cinema: Contemporary Bay Area Film

Screenings & Films

Canyon Cinema: Contemporary Bay Area Film

In partnership with Canyon Cinema

October 14, 2023, 3–5 PM

An afternoon of contemporary Bay Area works on film and video from the Canyon Cinema catalog, curated and hosted by executive director Brett Kashmere.

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Body Percussion for Every Body

Public Programs

Body Percussion for Every Body

Dance class in partnership with the International Museum of Dance

October 14, 2023, 1–2 PM

A dynamic class that combines the fundamentals of stepping and STOMP-style body percussion.

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Fall Season 2023

Performances

Fall Season 2023

Presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

October 12–15, 2023

Alonzo King LINES Ballet will present exquisite moments from repertoire spanning 24 years.

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pARTicipate Workshops with Joyce Nojima

Public Programs

pARTicipate Workshops with Joyce Nojima

Workshops presented by YBCA

Wednesdays, October 11–November 29, 2–4 PM

A series of stand-alone, drop-in art workshops that are open to the public and welcome participants of all ages.

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Curator-Led Tour of Bay Area Now 9

Tours

Curator-Led Tour of Bay Area Now 9

Second Sundays, October 8, 2023–May 5, 2023, 12-1 PM

A free curator-led tour to learn more about the exhibition, background of key pieces, insider details, and more.

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Goodwill Label Stories

Public Programs

Goodwill Label Stories

Pop-up with artist Lynda Grose

October 8, 2023, 1–3 PM

A dynamic conversation on second-hand clothing, sustainability and the fashion industry at this interactive pop-up event. Bring your own thrifted garment or browse a selection from Goodwill to take home.

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Paglinang

Performances

Paglinang

Presented by Parangal & SOMA Pilipinas

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 2 PM & 7 PM

A performance highlighting the rich cultural traditions of Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines.

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San Francisco Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS Film

Screenings & Films

San Francisco Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS Film

Bay Area Now 9 Looping Film Program

October 6–31, 2023, 11 AM–5 PM

Experience selections from fourteen years of CROSSROADS, San Francisco Cinematheque’s annual film festival in this ongoing daily screening.

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Opening Night Party: Bay Area Now 9

Public Programs

Opening Night Party: Bay Area Now 9

Presented by YBCA

October 6, 2023, 7:30—11:00 PM

Join us for a jubilant party featuring drinks, dancing, photobooths, and a first look at dynamic new works from 30 Northern Californian artists.

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Dance Workshops for Every Body

Public Programs

Dance Workshops for Every Body

In partnership with the International Museum of Dance

October 2023–January 2024

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Bay Area Now 9

Exhibitions

Bay Area Now 9

Presented by YBCA

October 6, 2023–May 5, 2024

The ninth iteration of YBCA’s signature triennial exhibition highlighting 30 artists working throughout the Bay Area’s nine counties.

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Let Her Sing 2023: A Celebration of Female Voices

Performances

Let Her Sing 2023: A Celebration of Female Voices

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection

September 23, 2023, 7 PM

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Excelsior Block Party & Community Furniture Unveiling

Public Programs

Excelsior Block Party & Community Furniture Unveiling

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 12–5 PM

A free block party in the Mission district in celebration of the Excelsior Street Furniture Pilot.

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IL DUCATO, The New Mikado

Performances

IL DUCATO, The New Mikado

Presented by Lamplighters Music Theatre

August 19–20, 2023

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Bicycle Silkscreen Printing Workshops

Public Programs

Bicycle Silkscreen Printing Workshops

In partnership with Artivate

Saturdays, August 12–September 9, 2023, 1–4 PM

Make your own print using a bicycle silkscreen at these free, drop-in workshops for all ages.

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As We Go

Performances

As We Go

Presented by Joe Goode Performance Group

August 2–13, 2023

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طراوت | TARAVAT Closing Celebration

Public Programs

طراوت | TARAVAT Closing Celebration

July 22, 2023, 2–5 PM

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pARTicipate Workshops

Public Programs

pARTicipate Workshops

Presented by YBCA

Thursdays, July 20–September 21, 2023, 1–3 PM

Drop-in art workshops that are open to the public and welcome participants of all ages.

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Queer American Memorials Artist Talk: Sean Fader + Maureen Towey

Public Programs

Queer American Memorials Artist Talk: Sean Fader + Maureen Towey

Presented by YBCA

July 9, 2023, 1–3 PM

In this dynamic conversation, Fader and Towey will unveil the design for their new project, Queer American Memorials.

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I Hear a Butterfly

Screenings & Films

I Hear a Butterfly

Sunday, June 25, 2023

This new short film shares vibrant stories of migration and resilience.

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I Also Want to Be an “Iranian Woman”

Public Programs

I Also Want to Be an “Iranian Woman”

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 2 PM

A live music presentation from Iranian multi-instrumentalist Kamila Thunder.

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MU–Connector/When the land stands alone

Performances

MU–Connector/When the land stands alone

Dohee Lee presented by YBCA

Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24, 2023, 7-9:30 PM

A multi-part ritual theater experience from Korean shamanistic performance artist Dohee Lee.

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Tend Your Orchard

Public Art

Tend Your Orchard

Cece Carpio and Miguel “Bounce” Perez of Trust Your Struggle

2021–2023

A new mural on YBCA’s glass passageway in collaboration with SOMA Pilipinas.

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Remembering Fereydoun Farrokhzad

Public Programs

Remembering Fereydoun Farrokhzad

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection

June 3, 2023, 2–4 PM

A music, poetry, and community event in remembrance and celebration of queer Iranian activist, poet, and entertainer Fereydoun Farrokhzad.

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SF Ballet School 2023 Spring Festival  

Performances

SF Ballet School 2023 Spring Festival  

Presented by San Francisco Ballet School

May 24–26, 2023

A celebration of School Director Patrick Armand’s final season and honor his transformative impact on the school.

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طراوت | TARAVAT Open House Reception

Public Programs

طراوت | TARAVAT Open House Reception

May 13, 2023, 2–6 PM

Featuring music, poetry, and conversation with artist Taravat Talepasand to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition.

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طراوت | TARAVAT

Exhibitions

طراوت | TARAVAT

Presented by YBCA

May 13–July 23, 2023

A record of one Iranian-American woman’s attempts to grapple with the difficult legacy of women’s freedoms and Muslim identity—to transform it visually, to make something both beautiful and uncomfortable.

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still be here

Performances

still be here

Presented by Post:ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theater with Kronos Quartet

April 21–22, 2023

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Spring Season 2023

Performances

Spring Season 2023

Presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

April 15–23, 2023

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Connect/Reflect/Enact

Public Programs

Connect/Reflect/Enact

A ritual workshop with Dohee Lee

Saturday, April 8, 2023, 10 AM–1 PM

Connect/Reflect/Enact is a multi-part project integrating body-knowledge and art-creation led by artist Dohee Lee.

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Opening Night Party for Future Resonance

Public Programs

Opening Night Party for Future Resonance

Presented by Studio Forward at California College of the Arts

Friday, April 7, 2023, 6–9 PM

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Exhibition Tours: Future Resonance

Tours

Exhibition Tours: Future Resonance

Every Thursday, April 6–27, 2023, 12-1 PM

Learn more about the exhibition and works, guided by the designers who created them.

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Future Resonance

Exhibitions

Future Resonance

Presented by California College of the Arts' Studio Forward

April 1–30, 2023

Designers imagine, prototype, and build possibilities for the present moment  and for what’s to come.

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Exhibition Tours: Reflection & Action

Tours

Exhibition Tours: Reflection & Action

Every Saturday, April 1–June 11, 2023, 2 PM

Learn more about the exhibition overview, background of each piece, insider details, and more.

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Dance Downtown

Performances

Dance Downtown

Presented by ODC/Dance

March 29–April 2, 2023

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If Housing Was a Human Right in U.S. Law

Public Programs

If Housing Was a Human Right in U.S. Law

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 2–4 PM

A free workshop exploring systemic housing inequities and grassroots community action.

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2023 YBCA 100 Celebration

Events

2023 YBCA 100 Celebration

Saturday, March 18, 2023, 6–9 PM

The 2023 YBCA 100 Honorees will be celebrated with a dynamic program of live performances, interactive art, food activations, and meaningful connections.

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The Black (W)hole: calling our young ancestors home

Performances

The Black (W)hole: calling our young ancestors home

Presented by Destiny Arts Center

Saturday, February 25, 2023

An immersive experience featuring dance, poetry, video, and visual art.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Edition of Belonging: A Weekly Practice Space with Othering & Belonging Institute

Public Programs

Dr. Martin Luther King Edition of Belonging: A Weekly Practice Space with Othering & Belonging Institute

Presented by YBCA & Othering Belonging Institute

Sunday, January 15th, 2023, 2 PM

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Voices from the Past | Voices from the Present 

Public Programs

Voices from the Past | Voices from the Present 

Presented by YBCA and Artadia

January 14, 2023, 2 PM

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Legacy Unboxed

Public Programs

Legacy Unboxed

Presented by YBCA

January 12, 2023, 6–8 PM

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WANDERLUST, A Joyful Noise

Public Art

WANDERLUST, A Joyful Noise

June Grant

2022–2023

A public artwork featuring colorful expressions that call attention to locations typically taken for granted.

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Alex Strada and Tali Keren: Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?

Exhibitions

Alex Strada and Tali Keren: Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?

October 20, 2022–March 19, 2023

This incomplete participatory exhibition asks visitors to critically engage with the U.S. Constitution.

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Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action

Exhibitions

Brett Cook & Liz Lerman: Reflection & Action

Presented by YBCA

October 20, 2022–June 11, 2023

This exhibition asks the public to consider the role of an artist within an institution—and in the public sphere—as urgent and responsive.

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