Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

Marc Bamuthi Joseph speaks at TEDGlobal 2017 - Builders, Truth Tellers, Catalysts - August 27-30, 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s mobile tricycle silk screen cart.     Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s billboards and banners, San Francisco. […]

re:home: Exploring Place and Identity

Julio César Morales, Boy In Suitcase

Julio César Morales, Boy in Suitcase, 2013, HD animation video with sound, 3:33 minutes, Edition of 3 + 2AP, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. Brian Singer/ someguy, Untitled (Driftwood), 75” w x 60” h x 5” d, Driftwood, acrylic, cotton flags, 2018. Singer uses the flags from the five countries the United States has granted asylum to the largest number of refugees from the past several years (Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Myanmar) are each unraveled, disassembled and reconstructed – exploring the themes of nationalism and assimilation. For Coalition on Homelessness.   […]

The Day Rosa Parks Went Viral

Anna Hentschel + Invisible Playground Screen Shot 2018-11-06 at 8.02.41 PM

As I have continued making my way through Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit, I happened upon a very interesting anecdote about Rosa Parks. Most of us have heard that name and one specific story about the woman that is taught to us in our history books which is that she did not get up when asked to by a white passenger and was eventually arrested. BUT What most people don’t know about is that she was not the first in history (or even that week) to do this. So why is she in the history books? Her […]

Featured Artists: re:home

Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Between Landscape and Memory (1105-D)

This month, we feature re:home, a For Freedoms exhibition exploring the plight of political and social refugees, examining sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit re:home Dec. 1 – 29 at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco  Opening reception on Saturday, December 1 from 5-8pm. Family + Community Day on Saturday December 8 from 11am-2pm will feature free art-making workshops + interventions. For Freedoms Town Hall event will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm. re:home is curated by Pregame art editor Amy Kisch of AKArt Advisory + Collect For Change™, Candace Huey of […]

December 2018: Impact

Patti Bartelstein. AllAreWelcome

A lot of lip service is paid to giving back; to what’s wrong, who’s responsible, who needs help, and how to help them. But how much action is being taken? My hunch is that the ratio of talk:action is wildly disproportionate. This month, we explore what our impact is on our clients and on our community at large. At Pregame HQ, every year, quarter, and month, we set Impact goals. Often the most overlooked area of business, impact encapsulates the areas of reputation, legacy, and community impact. For most solopreneurs and newer businesses, impact goals are the realm of building one’s […]

Past Present: High School Yearbooks, Trump and Immigrants, and Barstool Sports

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In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the history of high school yearbooks, how the Trump administration is defining immigrants as “public charges,” and the awful misogyny of Barstool Sports. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: High school yearbooks have been in the spotlight during the investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Niki cited this Atlantic article that historicizes yearbooks and Natalia recommended historian Paula Fass’ book Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education for its use of yearbooks as historical sources. President Trump came to power promising to tighten immigration legislation, and a […]

Past Present: Brett Kavanaugh, Fraternity Hazing, and the Natural Beauty Industry

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In this episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia discuss the drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming Supreme Court confirmation, fraternity hazing, and the booming natural beauty industry. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s candidacy is being marred by sexual assault allegations. Natalia recommended Anita Hill’s New York Times’ op-ed about the historical echoes with her own experience. The hazards of fraternity hazing are back in the news after the death of a student at the Riverside campus of the University of California. Natalia recommended Nicholas Syrett’s book The Company He Keeps: […]

Past Present: Crafting, the 2008 Financial Crisis, and the Marshmallow Test

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In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss the new reality show Making It, the 2008 financial collapse ten years later, and the death of Walter Mischel, the social psychologist who created the “marshmallow test.” Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:   Making It, a crafting competition show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, is widely considered a welcome break from the cutthroat culture of reality television and of politics. Natalia recommended this American Conservative article on the limits of television crafting. Ten years after the economic crash of 2008, its effects are still […]

Past Present: Nike’s Colin Kaepernick Ad, the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed, and Robin Leach

New York Times

In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss Nike’s controversial signing of Colin Kaepernick as the face of their Just Do It campaign, the anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a senior Trump administration official, and the recent death of Robin Leach. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Colin Kaepernick, best known for “taking a knee” to protest racism and police brutality in America, is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. Natalia wrote about the announcement in the context of Nike’s history of adventurous branding at The Washington Post and […]

Past Present: John McCain, the Catholic Church Scandals, and Loneliness

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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the life and legacy of Senator John McCain, the recent scandals in the Catholic Church, and the latest panic over loneliness. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: Senator John McCain, a leading light of the Republican Party, died last month of brain cancer. Natalia referenced this critical assessment of McCain’s career and character in Rolling Stone. The Catholic Church in the United States is racked with scandal as revelations of decades of abuse – and of cover-ups – are coming to light. Niki cited the Boston Globe’s 2002 reporting of the “Spotlight” series that uncovered abuses at the […]