The Art of Resistance in the Bay Area

The Art of Resistance in the Bay Area

Erin  Reynolds

This event was part of our People, Place & Power series, made possible by support from the San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Leads Fund.

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.

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


Erin Reynolds
Erin Reynolds