YBCA Fellows

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.

Description

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. Each Fellowship cohort explores and responds to a question that emerged from our annual YBCA 100 Summit and together they’ll use art and culture to inspire community transformation. Fellows projects will be presented during our Fellows Forum (Feb) or as Public Programs (Mar-Jun) and can take the form of panels, performance or visual presentations, writing, screenings, visual arts, workshops, etc. These projects provide platforms to share new ideas and information and drive new possibilities into the public imagination.

2017-2018 YBCA Fellows questions:

  • How do we find and empower TRUTH?
  • Where is our PUBLIC IMAGINATION?
  • Can we make CREATIVE DISSENT matter?
Truth Fellows

STELLA ADELMAN
Program Director, Dance Mission
Performer/Dancer
 

ANNIE ALBAGLI
Interdisciplinary Artist 

LARRY (LAURA) ARRINGTON
Dance-Artist

CHRISTY CHAN
Artist / Writer

LORRIE CHANG
Program Associate for Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development

RAPHAEL COHEN
Writer, Performer, and Arts Educator

COURTNEY DONOVAN
Associate Professor in Geography, SFSU

KATIE FAULKNER
Choreographer/Performer/Teaching Artist 

JOHANNA HOFFMAN
Designer. Associate, Urban Fabrick. Founder, SHIFTWORKS 

ALEJANDRO JIMENEZ JARAMILLO
Interdisciplinary Storyteller, Facilitator & Community Builder

SAM LEW
Editor of the Street Sheet    

ERICA MOLESWORTH
Artist/ Educator  

VIVIENNE MULLER
Writer, Dancer, Researcher

NKECHI NJAKA
Neuroscientist, Multi-Disciplinary Artist/ Choreographer + Meditation Guide 

ADRIENNE SKYE ROBERTS
Organizer and Educator 

ERIK SCHMITT
Partner and Creative Director, studio1500

VIVIEN SIN
Artist, Product Manager at LinkedIn

 JACINDA TOWNSEND
Novelist/Professor                  

ANIA TROSZKIEWICZ
Artist & Designer

JEREMY VILLALUZ
Artist and Lecturer (San Francisco State University)

RACHEL WYLEY
Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer, International Performer

Public Imagination Fellows

JUSTIN CARDER
Designer, Founder at Wolfman Books 

SAROLTA JANE CUMP
Conjuror at Chimera Obscura 

JULIANA DELGADO LOPERA
Writer/ Community-Organizer/ Historian 

SAMANTHA “SAMMAY” DIZON
Interdisciplinary Artist; Activist; Kinetic Storyteller; Founder of URBAN x INDIGENOUS

 COURTNEY FERRIS
Design & Engagement

 CLAIRE FITZSIMMONS
Co-Founder and Director, Storefront Institute

BRITNEY (BRIT) FRAZIER
Actor/ Director/Educator

 YOLANDA HIPPENSTEELE
Social Change Strategist, Organizer and Convener             

 CYNTHIA HUA
Artist and Researcher

 KAYLA JONES
Designer, Visual Artist & Art Director

DARRELL JONES III
Organizer and Co Founder of TechEquity Collaborative

MARGARET MCCARTHY
Performance artist, San Francisco Neo-Futurist

MOKSHA OSGOOD
Designer and Builder of small dwellings

PAUL PILLITTERI
Designer. Contributor. Thinker. Maker.

JESIKAH MARIA ROSS
Media Artist & Senior Community Engagement Strategist, Capital Public Radio

ZOE SAMUDZI
Writer, PhD student in Sociology at University of California, San Francisco 

ANNA SERGEEVA
Artist  

KATE SPACEK
Artist / Facilitator / Producer

THUY TRAN
Artist | Events Producer
Public Programs Coordinator, JCCSF
 

ALEX WERTH
Geographer & DJ

Creative Dissent Fellows

MISHA ABBAS
California College of the Arts

MICKEY BELMER
San Francisco State University

CYNTHIA M BELTRAN-ISLAS
San Francisco State University

RIVER BLACK
California College of the Arts

JULIA BLUME
San Francisco Art Institute

JENNIFER BRANDEL
California College of the Arts

BARRETT COONEY
San Francisco Art Institute

KATIE CURRY
San Francisco Art Institute

LIEYAH DAGAN
University of California, Berkeley

PAIGE DAVIS
University of California, Berkeley

MOLLY DOW
MPA Candidate, Columbia University

BEATRIZ ESCOBAR
California College of the Arts

ALLYSON FUENTES
San Francisco State University

CAMILLA HAMMER
California College of the Arts

GERALD HENDERSON
High School Teacher

AUSTIN INMAN
San Francisco State University

JACKIE KATZ
California College of the Arts

STACY KELLNER
University of California, Berkeley

JEAR KEOKHAM
University of California, Berkeley

PATRICIA LEAL
California College of the Arts

YVETTE MARTHELL
San Francisco Art Institute

CARLOS ALBERTO MAYER
San Francisco Art Institute

STEFANIE MCGINNIS
University of California, Berkeley

XENIA MOSELEY
California College of the Arts

ANNA MUESSIG
Founder of West Coast Women Unite, Project Manager at Gehl

 

HOLLY NGUYEN
San Francisco State University

MAIA NUNES
Artist

JUAN OCASIO
California College of the Arts

CHAYE PAGEL                   
San Francisco Art Institute

YULA PALUY
Recovering academic and aspiring Renaissance woman

MARY PETERSEN
San Francisco State University

ELLEN PONG
University of California, Berkeley

RANDY REYES
Choreographer-dance Artist-Curanderx

IMRI RIVAS
Anarchist Organizer and Writer

CATIA ROMERO                 
San Francisco State University

JOANNA RUCKMAN
San Francisco Art Institute

SUZANNE RUSSELL
San Francisco Art Institute

JULIA SCHEINMAN
University of California, Berkeley

ETHAN SILVER
University of California, Berkeley

CAROLINE SINDERS
Designer, Researcher, Artist

KAVLEEN SINGH
University of California, Berkeley

BRADLEY SMITH               
San Francisco Art Institute

SOPHIA SOBKO
Artist and Educator; PhD Student, Education, UC Berkeley

KARLY STARK
Experimental Filmmaker, Curator, and Lecturer at San Francisco State University

JAMIE TURNER
California College of the Arts

RAPHAEL VILLET
Artist, Publisher

RACHEL WEIDINGER
Artist, Researcher & Community Organizer         

ANNA XU
Designer and Activist

VANESSA ZAGAROLI
San Francisco State University

MARIA ISABEL ZAMARRON
San Francisco State University

Past Fellows

See our YBCA Fellow cohorts from past years

Class of 2016-2017 YBCA Fellows