Announcing the YBCA 10

In April 2021, we announced the YBCA 10, a cohort of artists the organization would work with in deep relationships over the course of a year, to allow their creative practice to lead us towards a more equitable future.

Over the past nine months, the artists that make up the 10—dancers, photographers, wordsmiths, architects, technologists, farmers, and multidisciplinary practitioners—have been working with each other and in community to imagine and design creative prototypes that impact community health and well-being, by addressing racial justice and climate equity.

While these issues are undeniably urgent, creative practice also needs time. This is an entirely new way of working for us as an organization *and* for these powerful artists, all happening at a time when deep care is required more than ever. After months of listening, movement workshops, and community conversations, it is now time to open up their process to you—our community.

YBCA 10 Artist Cohort

YBCA 10 Podcast

At the intersection of art and activism stands the 10 – a multidisciplinary cohort of artists brought together by YBCA. This podcast is dedicated to highlighting each member of the YBCA 10, making space for pivotal conversations about their cultural motivations, civic engagement, and how each are designing creative prototypes that directly address racial justice and climate equity for the betterment of community health and well-being.

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More extended conversations with the YBCA 10? Yes please! In this episode, we reconnect with organic farmer, memory keeper, and YBCA 10 artist Nikiko Masumoto. We hear an update on the Plant Library, the prototype collaboration between Nikiko and fellow YBCA 10 artist Darryl Ratcliff. We also welcome to the table Galería de la Raza, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Xicanx/Latinx art and culture. Galería de la Raza’s Ani Rivera, Executive Director and Ivette Diaz, Curatorial Programs Coordinator join the conversation for a synergetic dialogue about memory keeping and cultural work, thinking of artists as professional feelers and essential to community development, the importance of maintaining relationship with elders, deeply personal intergenerational stories with land, and so much more!

The Creative Cohort

The Creative Cohort is a group of 20 experts of multiple disciplines who will advise, mentor and provide feedback to the YBCA 10 artists through the process of conceiving, building and refining their prototypes. In this program, collaboration is essential at all levels in developing projects and is part of the evolution that emphasizes YBCA’s commitment to building transformative relationships with artists and investing in them to develop the deepest work we can together.