Lead Mentor/s: Melpomene Katakalos, Theatre

Project Description:
The problems in the San Francisco Bay Area are many, and at the top of the list are economic disparities, housing, hunger, access to social services... Solving such problems requires a convening of energies, minds, and hearts - a combination of creative imagining and practical construction of possible solutions. This project will partner with theatre and performance companies in the Bay Area to design and develop community-based, arts-derived, viable solutions to socio-economic problems, and partner with social organizations to build pipelines to implementation for those solutions. Year 1 will be spent largely exploring the landscape of existing community-based arts programs, and determining what innovative approaches might be taken in collaboration with community members, organizers, and activists to dream, design, and construct local-level solutions that will improve quality of life for many in the Bay Area.