Stepping Up: Resourcefulness and Resilience in the Arts

Join us at The Commonwealth Club for a celebration of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, featuring a performance by legendary blues and jazz singer Miss Faye Carol, and a festive reception with many Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions awardees. 

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Hewlett Foundation launched the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions to support the creation of 50 new works of performing art that celebrate the dynamism of the San Francisco Bay Area. To realize the wide-ranging new works, artists and organizations faced unprecedented challenges, through which their inventiveness and resilience, and importance of creativity, shone brightly. Join us for a conversation with three visionary women about the future of the arts: Chloe Veltman, NPR Culture Desk correspondent; Liz Lerman, artist, choreographer, educator, and 50 Arts Commissions awardee; and Zannie Voss, professor and director of DataArts at Southern Methodist University.


Program generously supported by The William and Flora Hewtett Foundation.


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Faye Carol photo by Curtis Jermany; Zannie Voss photo by Kim Leeson Photography; Liz Lerman photo by Christine Johnson; Chloe Veltman photo by Jim Ratcliffe.

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Faye Carol

Singer; Performer; Educator

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Liz Lerman

Artist; Choreographer; educator

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Zannie Voss

Director of DataArts, Southern Methodist University

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Chloe Veltman

Correspondent, NPR Culture Desk