From the beat of the drum to the stroke of the brush to the power of the spoken word, art has been central to the Bay Area’s long history of activism. It’s those movements that have partnered closely with artists that have had some of the strongest ripples, from immigrant rights to the LGBTQ pride movement. In its many forms, art has the power to touch hearts, change minds and strengthen communities during difficult times.

Today, as we face a new set of challenges, protest art is experiencing a renaissance in the Bay Area. With the click of a mouse, movement artists are engaging new audiences on a whole new set of platforms. Join the San Francisco Foundation, together with some of the Bay Area’s most renowned “artivists,” to discuss the role of art in today’s social justice movements.

This event is the latest in the San Francisco Foundation’s series on People, Place and Power.

This panel is proudly sponsored by the Bay Area Leads Fund of the San Francisco Foundation.

Image - Hiroshi Kashiwagi
Hiroshi Kashiwagi
95-year-old Nisei, Incarcerated in U.S. Internment Camp; Actor; Author, Starting From Loomis and Other Stories
Image - Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez
Interdisciplinary Artist; Political Activist; Executive Director, CultureStrike, a national arts organization advocating for migrants' rights
Image - Cat Brooks
Cat Brooks
Performer; Activist; Co-founder, Anti Police-Terror Project
Image - Jose Navarrete
José Navarrete
Dancer; Activist; Producer, Live Arts in Resistance, Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland
Image - Mina Kim
Mina Kim
Anchor and Host, KQED — Moderator