About Us
YBCA Fellows

 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is the Bay Area’s creative home for civic action. We believe that culture precedes change, and it is the responsibility of arts organizations to spur and support societal movement.

The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area – artists and everyday people alike – to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue and project generation. Each Fellowship cohort will explore and respond to a question that emerged from our annual YBCA 100 summit. Together, they’ll use art and culture to inspire community transformation and drive new possibilities into the public imagination. Fellows’ projects will ultimately be presented at YBCA’s bi-annual Public Square, event that provides a platform to share new information, surface big questions, and enact change.

Who We're Looking For

YBCA is interested in working with changemakers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is not just an opportunity for artists; rather, for all creative, socially inclined individuals. This is a place for makers, thinkers, do-gooders and provocateurs to collaborate and work in partnership with YBCA. The only firm requirement is a passion for building a more hopeful and equitable future.

Benefits of Fellowship
  • The opportunity to delve deeply into the intersection of cultural and social responsibility.
  • An illuminating program of tools and ideas; driven by YBCA culture makers and thinkers.
  • Up close and personal access to world-renowned artists.
  • The opportunity to connect and collaborate with an expanded network of Bay Area changemakers.
  • A public platform for the presentation of Fellowship projects, as well as production support.
  • $1,000 honorarium.
Interested in being a YBCA Fellow?

The next application period will open January 2017. Stay tuned!

Participants

Equity Fellows

SHALINI AGRAWAL
Director, CCA’s Center
for Art + Public Life

KRISTY ALFIERI HIGARES
Director of Administration and
Strategic Initiatives, The Crucible

TRISHA BARUA
PhD Candidate, Cultural Studies,
UC Davis

ADARIUS BELL
Artist, Musician, Innovator,
Entrepreneur

ALEX BLEDSOE
Writer, Communications and
Brand 
Strategist

KATHERIN CANTON
Co-Director, Emerging Arts
Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area;
Organizer, Arts for a Better Bay Area

FAY DARMAWI
Founder and Executive Producer,
SF Urban Film Fest

UGO EDU
Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Equity
Institute; Playwright

SAIDEH EFTEKHARI
Musician & Educator

HUNTER FRANKS
Artist; Founder, League of
Creative Interventionists

NOAH FRIGAULT
Policy Analyst, San Francisco Human
Rights Commission; Tenant
Representative, Oakland Housing
Residential Rent and Relocation Board

MALCOLM GIN
Activist and Writer, Technical
Worker/Strategist

JUAN CARLOS IBARRA
Attorney / Mediator / Consultant /
Educator

NIEMA JORDAN
Journalist and Filmmaker
with an MPH

 

MANSI KAKKAR
Change Warrior, Curious Nomad,
Amateur Goddess

JOAN TARIKA LEWIS
Visual Artist / Jazz Violinist

ELI MARIENTHAL
Poet, Scholar, Youth Mentor

OLIVE MCKEON
Dancer / Researcher

HOI-FEI MOK
Environmentalist, Artist,
Changemaker

REBECCA NOVICK
Theater Director

FRAN OSBORNE
Artist, Independent Curator and
Exhibition Designer

MARIAH RANKINE-LANDERS
Educator at Large, Director of the
Integrated Learning Specialist
Program, Co-founder, Canerow

ERIC REID
Actor/Director and Executive
Director at Theater MadCap

CANDACE ROBERTS
Singer/Songwriter/
Filmmaker/Performance Artist

JENNIFER TACHEFF
VP of Business Development &
Partnerships @ Women Who Code

LAUREN MARIE TAYLOR
Social Practice Artist and Sr.
Education Manager, Bay Area
Video Coalition

JUSTIN WARREN
Creative Strategist, Experience
Designer, Multimedia Storyteller

MARVIN K. WHITE
Public Poet, Preacher, Artist
and Theologian

CHELSEA WILLS
Artist, Food Researcher, Educator

 

 

Freedom Fellows

SARA BAHAT
Senior Lecturer, Economics,
California College of the Arts DMBA
Founder, Good Money

LIAT BERDUGO
Artist; Assistant Professor in Art + Architecture,
University of San Francisco

KEITH BROWER BROWN
Musician for Trails and Ways,
Bio Services, Director of Float

BRANDON BROWN
Software Developer

KATIE BUSH
Installation Artist

XXAVIER CARTER
Head Artist & Engineer HA/E
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SIOBHÁN K CRONIN
Writer / Artist

TONGO EISEN-MARTIN
Poet

LISA EVANS
Community Engagement Manager,
California Shakespeare Theater
Co-founder, How Spirit Moves Us Project

STEPHEN FUNK
Creative Director, Veteranartists.org

RAY GILSTRAP
Information Technologist / Musician

KELLY J GREGORY
Social Architect

JAMIL HELLU
Visual Artist

NICOLE HIRSCH
Dancer
PhD Candidate, Sociology, Harvard University

VERONICA JACKSON
Interpretive Exhibit Designer
with an Emphasis on Visual and Critical Studies

SONIA KATYAL
Chancellor’s Professor of Law,
University of California, Berkeley

CECILIA CISSELL LUCAS
Social Justice Educator, Artist,
Activist, Seeker

REETU MODY
Esquire

HOPE MOHR
Choreographer and Curator

KEENAN NORRIS
Professor, Editor, Writer

LESLIE RABINE
Professor Emerita, Women’s Studies and French,
UC Davis

VIVIAN SMING
Artist

HEATHER SMITH
Co-Founder, Shipping+Receiving
Staff Writer at Grist.org

BRETT SNYDER
Architect/Designer. Partner,
Cheng+Snyder and Assistant
Professor, UC Davis

ERNESTO SOPPRANI
Executive Director AIRspace Queer
Performance Incubator

SHUSHAN TESFUZIGTA
Interdisciplinary Artist & Designer

EDUARDO VALADEZ-ARENA
Teaching Artist
Creative Practitioner

WEIDONG YANG
Scientist
Director, Kinetech Arts

PILAR ZARAGOZA
Creative Technologist and UX
Researcher