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Black Voices Performance Series | The Arts: A Medium for Exploring Racial Issues: Past, Present, Future | UNITED IN HEALTH: Community Health Fair | FIERCE LOVE/remix by Pomo Afro Homos | AfroSolo's Jazz in the Gardens "String Virtuosos" | Visual Arts Exhibit: RACE: ART BEFORE ANSWERS | 
AfroSolo Arts Festival 19
The Arts: A Medium for Exploring Racial Issues: Past, Present, Future
A Panel discussion in collaboration with the Commonwealth Club of California
When:
Monday, July 30, 2012, 5:30 pm networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Where:
Commonwealth Club of California (595 Market Street), SF)  map
Admission:
Tickets $20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students (with valid ID)

Moderator
Sherri Young - executive director, African-American Shakespeare Company

Panelists:
Joyce Gordon -founder and director, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland
Sean San José - co-founder, Campo Santo; program director, Intersection for the Arts
Marcus Shelby - bassist; composer, educator; director, Marcus Shelby Orchestra

The Arts Forum of Commonwealth Club, host a lively panel discussion exploring how the Arts have played a central role in examining issues related to race in the United States.

Joyce Gordon
Joyce Gordon
JOYCE GORDON
Backed by her studies at the California College of the Arts, a keen eye for detail and aesthetic, and many years of selling art, Gordon opened The Joyce Gordon Gallery in 2003. Since then she has hosted over 200 exhibitions, primarily focused on Oakland-based and Bay Area artists. Her exhibits celebrate the unique creativity of our culturally rich and diverse region. In addition, the Gallery provides creative and cultural exchanges with artists nationally and internationally.

Sean San Jose
Sean San José
SEAN SAN JOSÉ
San José is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, director and producer. He is the Director of Theatre for Intersection for the Arts. In this position he has shepherded scores of culturally specific, multi-cultural and multi-disciplined works from their conception to production. Many of these productions have received numerous awards, including; the Bay Area Reporter Best of the Season, Cable Car Award, DramaLogue and Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award. He is also is co-founder of the award winning Campo Santo Theatre Company.

Marcus Shelby
Marcus Shelby
MARCUS SHELBY
Marcus Shelby is a celebrated bassist, composer, educator, director and recording artist. He has composed works dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, the blow up in Richmond, as well as, given creative interpretations to the standard jazz repertoire. He is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, The Marcus Shelby Septet and the Marcus Shelby Trio. This background gives him an exceptional position to speak on the theme of how the arts have been used to explore issues related to race.

Sherri Young
Sherri Young
SHERRI YOUNG
A Master of Fine Arts graduate from the American Conservatory Theatre, Sherri Young is the founder and Executive Director of The African-American Shakespeare Company. For the past eighteen years, she has spearheaded the presentation of classical plays utilizing people of color in major roles. Young served as a Commissioner for the San Francisco Arts Commission and as a board member for several arts organizations and foundations. Young she is an ardent speaker and has traveled the country speaking at various colleges and conferences.


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