Spring has us growing and stretching in many ways. We’ve hosted over a dozen public offerings this month and we are so excited to welcome Erica Rawles onto the Arts & Cultural Strategy team (read more from Erica below). There is lots more coming in May and we hope to see you out there!
Evan, Christian and Erica
IMAGE: Cultures of Care 14 practices poster.
Cultures of Care launch
Get your Cultures of Care poster! We have posters available to send to you. Supplies are limited so let us know quick if you want one :) Sign up here
IMAGE: Tar Beach (1988), a storyquilt by artist Faith Ringgold, and part 1 of her series Women on a Bridge.
Women on a Bridge
A well overdue retrospective of artist Faith Ringgold is currently on view at the New Museum. This piece, Tar Beach (1988), illustrates the story of narrator Cassie Louise Lightfoot, as she takes flight from her apartment rooftop on a summer day in New York City. The exhibition, Faith Ringgold: American People, will travel to the deYoung in San Francisco in July and we will be there!
Have an idea for using technologies to enable cultural exchange?
C/Change (an initiative of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco in cooperation with Gray Area) is accepting applications from interdisciplinary individuals and teams around the globe for ideas and prototypes that utilize emerging technologies to enable cultural exchange.
IMAGE: Berkeley Arts Recovery Grants for Arts & Cultural Practitioners.
Apply for the Berkeley Arts Recovery Grants for Arts & Cultural Practitioners
The Berkeley Arts Recovery Grants for Artists & Cultural Practitioners provides unrestricted grants of up to $10,000 to support the city’s artists and cultural practitioners who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Applications are accepted until May 4, 2021.
IMAGE: Screen grab from TODAY's video.
Our partners at Casa Pueblo were just featured in a Today video that highlights their work on energy independence in Puerto Rico. Casa Pueblo’s Arturo Massol Deyá also presented this week for our Visionary Frameworks Workshop series about how participatory research, art and culture advance visionary frameworks. We’ll be hearing from Sandy Ho and Dr. Holly Pearson of the Disability & Intersectionality Summit in May. Sign up here.
IMAGE: 10 minute video featuring perspectives from the Artists Circle on Climate Displacement recently opened a panel featuring the UC Berkeley faculty cluster on Climate Equity and Environmental Justice. The Illuminations event was put on by Cal Performances.
A 10 minute video featuring perspectives from the Artists Circle on Climate Displacement recently opened a panel featuring the UC Berkeley faculty cluster on Climate Equity and Environmental Justice. The Illuminations event was put on by Cal Performances.
Belonging: A Weekly Practice
Have you stopped by to our practice space on a Monday yet? Register here In this 60 minute drop-in we’ll mix reflection, movement and critical inquiry to stretch our own understandings and applications of belonging. This is a low-pressure, restorative space for discussion, co-creation and growth. Runs every Monday, 12-1pm PST.
IMAGE: hand drawn portrait of Erica Rawles in crayon.
Erica Rawles, Project Coordinator in Arts & Cultural Strategy and Summer Fellowship
I discovered the joy of making through exploring my mom’s kindergarten-teacher-sized collection of markers, water colors, and construction paper as a kid. We had an ever disorganized “craft closet” at home (imagine an oversized junk drawer that my mom gave a dignified name). If I dug in the nooks and crevices I would find glue guns and stamps, scissors with funky patterned edges, ribbon and yarn, found stones with smooth paintable surfaces, and other random materials, like an elusive and puzzling box of sand. When I think of art, I think of the creativity and expansive imagination of my mom, even though she did not necessarily call herself an artist. These were some of my first examples of the ways arts and culture exist in informal ways all around us.
Now when I think of culture, I think of community and collectivity. I think of Dockweiler beach at dusk in the summer in Los Angeles, where I grew up. It’s in the music blaring Drake and Stevie Wonder from different speakers at the same time and the families and friends gathered around bonfires that are just starting to glow. In Brooklyn, where I live now, arts and culture takes shape in the form of barbecues at neighborhood block parties and book exchanges at my local community garden.
As an artist and writer with a background in facilitation, arts education, and community engagement, I deeply appreciate the unique ability of arts and culture to foster conversation, make information more accessible and inclusive, and build community through things like creative engagements and intentional play. I am excited to step into my new role as Project Coordinator for the Institute’s Arts and Culture Strategy and Summer Fellowship Programs, and to use arts-based strategies to support research and movement-building. I’ve worked across sectors in fair housing, community development, and art and social practice, and I’m especially excited to be at the Institute, where interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration is foundational to the work.
A Poem in Three Parts: A Story of We (Part 2) | #Bridging
The Othering & Belonging Institute commissioned poet Michelle Lee aka "Mush" to write and perform a poem in three parts on bridging and belonging for the 2021 Othering & Belonging Conference. We premiered this poem and accompanying visuals—featuring an array of dancers, aerialists, and performers of all kinds—in three digital shorts directed by filmmaker Yoram Savion, with creative direction from conference emcee Sarah Crowell.
Othering & Belonging Institute
University of California, Berkeley
460 Stephens Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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