The 2019 Summit

Every year, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts releases the YBCA 100 list, which recognizes the artists, leaders, activists, thinkers, movers, and dreamers who are using their creative and political power to enact change.

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, YBCA hosted the fifth annual YBCA 100 Summit to honor the people who are using their platforms to create social change. At the Summit, artists, activists, policy makers, and cultural and community leaders gathered for an afternoon of performances, dialogue, and collective dreaming. The YBCA 100 Summit built community and inspired creativity, imagination, and critical solutions for social progress.

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Moments from the 2019 YBCA 100 Summit


The Summit centered and uplifted those who are at the forefront of radical change. Taking inspiration from the dynamic change agents on the YBCA 100 list, the Summit served as a trusted space to spur creative solutions, resiliency, and action in a pivotal time.

Performers and presenters included activist adrienne maree brown; YBCA’s CEO Deborah Cullinan; YBCA’s new Chief of Program, vocalist, singer-songwriter, and composer Meklit; the legendary Rita Moreno; blink!LAB architecture design principal June Grant; Rise founder and CEO Amanda Nguyen; rapper Ruby Ibarra; SF Urban Film Fest’s Fay Darmawi; arts funder and strategist Ted Russell; visual artist and performer Zulfikar Ali Bhutto; poet, educator, and activist Terisa Siagatonu; spoken word poet and writer Samuel Getachew; pioneers of dance and disability Axis Dance Company and more.

2019 Summit: Full Presentations