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Bringing together artists, entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and influencers from around the globe, YBCA believes it will take the imagination and creativity of all of us to create a more hopeful and equitable future.
The YBCA 100 summit is a public event dedicated to exploring how culture can be a catalyst for societal change. Led by luminaries from this year’s YBCA 100 list, we invite citizens from across the Bay Area to help us name and interrogate the urgent questions facing our community.
Instead of panel discussions or individual presentations, the YBCA 100 summit is built upon instigations. YBCA 100 list makers are asked to share the questions and provocations that drive their work. In turn, those questions become a leaping off point for us to discuss how culture can be a tool for social progress. In between instigations, world-class artists provide an inspiring, performative response to these provocations.
Guest registration in the grand lobby
Summit doors open
Artistic response by Taylor Mac
Session 1: The Questions We Need
Featuring Imani Gandy, Teddy Cruz,
Ana Teresa Fernandez , Dan-El Padilla Peralta, and Jeff Chang
With remarks by YBCA Chief of Program and Pedagogy Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Members of the YBCA 100 present the deep-seated questions that are currently provoking their work. After these presentations, moderator Jeff Chang will give the audience an opportunity to unpack what they’ve heard and respond with their own questions.
Artistic response by Somi
Members of the YBCA 100 present their leading-edge work in the fields of politics, performance, and technology. In a caucus-inspired moment, audience members have the opportunity to engage in pop-up strategy sessions with each of these instigators after their presentations.
What is it like to create an idea that galvanizes millions of people worldwide? How does one maintain integrity as that idea gets mobilized in a decentralized way? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we maintain stability and a practice of self-care? Partners in life and in social justice work Alicia Garza and Malachi Larrabee-Garza engage in a candid conversation about staying consistent and aspirational within the beautiful struggle.
Jam Session: A Performed Response to the Questions
Members of the YBCA 100— Somi , Danez Smith, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Sarah Crowell of Destiny Arts Center—join forces with YBCA Fellows Tongo Eisen-Martin and Marvin K. White in a poetic, kinesthetic, and musical performance inspired by three driving questions: “Why Citizenship?” “What does Equity look like?” and “Can we design Freedom?”
Join us in the grand lobby for a complimentary champagne toast and brief remarks by CEO Deborah Cullinan before we close the door on another beautiful YBCA 100 Summit.
YBCA’s Engagement Programming is made possible by The James Irvine Foundation.
The Creative Ecosystem in 16-17 is supported by generous grants from the Surdna Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lead Image: Tommy Lau, 2015 YBCA 100 Summit