YBCA galleries are free from 11am to 8pm as part of Culture for Community Third Thursdays.

Join us for a game-night featuring works from womxn artists and architects from the Bay Area Now 8 exhibition, including board games designed by architecture-collective Urban Works Agency (UWA). Represented by collective member Janette Kim, they will feature five games set up in our Grand Lobby space with rotating guides to help you design, think, and then re-think what you know about cities.

“Win-Win” is a series of board games that play out climate risk scenarios in cities. By designing interactions among players, objectives and resources, these games model the social justice implications of innovative financial and legal strategies. The games serve as a new kind of decision-making tool for a warming world—one that imagines new relationships among economies, publics and architectural design.


11 AM: Galleries open and free

5 PM: Galleries free, bar open, DJ Hella Breezy (@hellabreezy) spinning, games from Urban Works Agency in the Grand Lobby

6 PM: Play facilitated by Janette Kim from Urban Works Agency in Grand Lobby

6:30 PM: Artist to Artist conversation in the YBCA gallery with BAN8 artists Rhonda Holberton and Charlie Leese

About Culture for Community

Culture for Community, a unique group of Yerba Buena district institutions, will open their doors for free on March 21 and September 19, 2019.  In addition to providing free access to their regular arts and culture programming, each free day will feature programs focused on an issue of special importance to the Bay Area community. This unique partnership arose out of the Culture for Climate initiative, when participating cultural organizations provided free admission for the community in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit last September with the support of the City and the Mayor’s Office.

The inaugural free day on March 21 will honor Womxn’s History Month and carry the sub-brand Culture for Womxn.  Following a series of cultural shifts driven by and impacting womxn, including the Women’s Wave of elected representatives in Washington D.C., the #MeToo movement, and threats to transgender rights, the Culture for Community coalition will tap into their shared communities to amplify a broad cross-section of womxn’s issues.  All members of the community are invited to participate in a full day of special events, activities, and museum and gallery hopping in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood.


Artist Bios

Janette Kim is assistant professor of architecture and director of Urban Works Agency  at California College of the Arts. Janette’s work integrates research, design, and scholarship along two primary lines of inquiry: political ecology and applied research practices in architecture.

Urban Works Agency (UWA)  is a research lab at California College of the Arts that leverages architectural design to affect social justice, ecological vitality, and economic resilience at an urban scale.

Rhonda Holberton is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist. Her multimedia installations make use of digital and interactive technologies integrated into traditional methods of art production.

Charlie Leese’s artistic practice embodies caustic remainders of a world where solutions of an alternate type of elegance are arrived at from brutish gestures. Interiors of left-behind structures are rendered as exteriors, offering new formal possibilities and ever-recombinant content.

Game Descriptions

Bartertown tests how social networks can be re-shaped by an economy of favors and resource-sharing. Game Guide: Jen Tai. Game Design: Janette Kim at Urban Works Agency, with Jen Tai and Clare Hacko for BCDC Adapt to Rising Tides. 

The Other 99% is a Monopoly-style real estate game, except that one player starts with three times the money than the others, who in turn have three times as many votes. Game Guide: Maria Ramirez Perez. Game Design: Shiyun Fan, Huaye Wei, Seungah Lee.   

Delirious D.C. retrofits buildings to recombine tenants instead of evicting them. Architectural fragments define new institutions like the F.B.I.R.S. and “detentucation.” Game Guide: Mira De Avila-Shin. Game Design: Mira De Avila-Shin and Galen Pardee. 


Flip This Hood pits a ‘home team’ of local residents against an ‘away’ team of stadium patrons, to claim land through benevolent and aggressive actions ranging from public art pieces to illegal dumping; squatting to evictions. Game Guide: Rachel Quinn Hammond. Game Design: Rachel Quinn Hammond and Sean Gentry. 

In It Together asks stakeholders around San Leandro Bay with competing interests—like wildlife, a developer, or an East Oakland resident—to decide when to compete or cooperate, as the city changes and seas rise. Game Guide: Claire Bonham-Carter. Game Design: Janette Kim, Shahad Alamoudi, Marwan Barmasood, Georgia Came, Denisse Correa Guerra, Alli Foronda, Eric Fura, Francisco Garcia, Jessica Grinaker, Fathmath Isha, Lori Martinez, Jennifer Pandian and Sabrina Schrader with The All Bay Collective for the Resilient by Design All Bay Challenge.