The 2017 YBCA 100 List
Each year, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts releases the YBCA 100 list, celebrating the innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders who are using their platform to create cultural movement. On this list, honorees can come from the Bay Area or the farthest reaches of the earth, and the famous can sit alongside the unsung hero. This year, the list takes on a renewed urgency and importance. In the face of uncertain social and political headwinds, we must give voice to those who can lead us towards a more hopeful and equitable future.
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community education and empowerment initiative
For cultivating the next generation of community leaders.
Trans Latinx Disabled organizer
For striving to create a world that is safe for all people, regardless of gender identity.
For upending the relationship between capital and urban development.
co-founder, International Indigenous Youth Council
For demanding respect for her cultural heritage.
For providing the fuel to question those in positions of power.
For creating work that challenges current social and political systems.
Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
girls’ empowerment organization
For helping every girl embrace who she is.
For connecting her contemporary art practice to the community she came up in.
cultural architect, artist, educator
For enhancing Oakland through music, activism, and community organizing.
Tarell Alvin McCraney
playwright, actor, screenwriter, educator
For turning his own search for identity into a powerful screenplay in Moonlight.
political protest movement
For sparking a movement of civil disobedience to protest unjust legislation.
founder and director of artEquity
For training artists to facilitate important conversations around social justice.
For reviving crucial historic and cultural narratives.
founder of Project Wallflowers
For reimagining public spaces with “ailmento para el alma.” She is magic!
poet, writer, playwright
For challenging the notion of a post-racial society.
president and CEO of Delancey Street Foundation
For providing a path for ex-felons and others to contribute to the vitality of our communities.
Smart Bomb Oakland
futurist arts and music community collective
For showcasing dynamic, innovative, and marginalized voices.
artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater
For conjuring issues of race, gender, and the environment through dance.
The Stud Collective
For smartly disrupting cultural displacement through resistance economics.
For using music to promote healing and community.