Doors will open at 3:30PM, come early to take part in activities that promote a healthy democracy.


We the People deserve to be heard. The news has had its chance. The new president will have too many chances. And now it is our turn.

Since 2015, hundreds of communities across this nation have hosted People’s State of the Union events, coming together in homes, schools, houses of worship, and every sort of gathering space to share their own take on the state of our union. Inspired by these stories, a group of renowned poets compose sonnets, songs, and other poetic responses, performed and broadcast live. That performance is The Poetic Address to the Nation.

This year, on Saturday, March 11, YBCA is proud to present The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation. Produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging, The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation will be emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge, together with musicians, poets, and others, and will address the Trump administration and our nation in the words of, and inspired by, our people.

The Poetic Address will include an ASL interpreter, and will also be live-streamed by Free Speech TV and on YBCA’s Facebook for a national audience.

Democracy is in our hands. And in our voices. And they will be heard on March 11, 2017, at 5PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Performers include:
Chinaka Hodge, Emcee
Dion Decibels, DJ
Tassiana Willis, Singer
Cameron Awkward-Rich
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Bob Holman
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Michelle Lee (Mush)
Hadeel Ramadan
Luis J. Rodriguez
Beau Sia
Marvin K. White
Naudika Williams
Young Gifted & Black

Ticket Info

Regular Admission: $10 in advance / $15 at the door*

Student, Senior, Teacher: $9 in advance / $13 at the door
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-278

*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

YBCA Members

Pay What You Can level: Regular admission

Individual level and above: $8

All Access and Curatorial Circle: Free

To purchase online, login with your YBCA account to unlock member prices.

YBCA Members enjoy 20% off regular admission to all YBCA presented events, with no ticketing fees.


Presented in partnership with U.S. Department of Art and Culture.

Livestream Support provided by Free Speech TV and 5 Steps Forward.