The Arts: A Medium for Exploring Racial Issues: Past, Present, Future
|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), available online here at 415-771-AFRO (2376)|
Sherri Young - executive director, African-American Shakespeare Company
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.
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 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 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.
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.