Lead Mentor/s: Melpomene Katakalos, Theatre
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.