Join us Saturday April 27th for the public face of the ongoing Future Soul Think Tank we here at Popuphood have been participating in for the last several months. Alfonso Dominguez and myself are both doing individual projects that night and we want you to be a part of this ongoing "field of inquiry." It has been an inspiring and deep engagement with bright minds from Oakland and beyond which is setting the stage for a pivot point institutional engagement, come get down.
Saturday, Apr 27
Be a part of YBCA’s first-ever Public Square—a confluence of art experiences happening throughout YBCA. From participating in classes to attending performances to engaging with exhibitions, YBCA Public Square incorporates an entire day of activities that allow everyone to passionately engage in creative expression no matter your area of interest or energy level.
Public Square: Future Soul Edition will feature 50 Cent Tabernacle, 11 AM-5 PM; Field of Inquiry, 5-7:30 PM; David Dorfman Dance: Prophets of Funk, 8 PM; and one of YBCA's renowned late night parties with DJ Rich Medina and J. Period, 9 PM-1 AM.
OVERVIEWField of Inquiry
Sat, Apr 27 • 5-7:30 pm
Entire YBCA Campus
Part of YBCA's Public Square: Future Soul Edition on April 27.
For nearly a year, YBCA has pulled together a creative brain trust of some of the Bay Area’s most courageous thinkers and asked them to envision ‘What will soul look like in the year 2038?’ For one night, the group unveils its individual and collective responses, installing performance, food, design, muralism, holistic health, technology, and funk throughout the entire campus at YBCA. Part academic exercise, part intentional community, part JB Horns and Aretha Franklin tribute, YBCA and the Future Soul Think Tank invite you to our first public Field of Inquiry.
The Future Soul Think Tank is a new platform for a creative brain trust, designed to bring together the Bay Area’s most courageous thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and artists into a collaborative cohort as part of YBCA’s Creative Ecosystem. The Future Soul Think Tank has spent its first year working with the question,“What will soul look like in the year 2038?” The question was developed in conjunction with Prophets of Funk, a performance by choreographer David Dorfman that celebrates the music of rock icons Sly & the Family Stone, which will be presented as part of YBCA’s 12-13 performance season. In addition to receiving honoraria for their participation in inquiry meetings and free tickets to YBCA performances that are part of the Future Soul curriculum (including Clas/sick Hip Hop), all Future Soul cohort members are given a free basic membership to YBCA, with benefits that include free admission to our galleries, subscription to YBCA’s monthly calendar, and exclusive invitations to member events. Additionally, each member is given a stipend to develop a physical, interactive, or immersive response to the question, “What will soul look like in the year 2038?”
Future Soul Think Tank participants include: Daniel Alarcón (author); Freddy Anzures (industrial designer); Kamel Bell (co-founder and director, Ankh Marketing); Evan Bissell (artist and educator); Brandon Brown (co-founder, thePeople); Kimberly Bryant (biotechnologist and engineer, founder of Black Girls Code); Brett Cook (artist); Hodari Davis, (national program director, Youth Speaks, co-founder Life is Living); Duane Deterville (visual artist, writer, and scholar); Alfonso Dominguez (architect, co-founder of popuphood); Ashara Ekundayo (social entrepreneur); Allison Elgart (legal director, Equal Justice Society); Sarah Filley (designer, co-founder of popuphood); Zakiya Harris (change strategist); Aleta Hayes (dancer, choreographer, instructor, Stanford University); Esther Healey (licensed midwife); Chinaka Hodge (playwright; screenwriter at the Sundance Film Lab, Oakland); Marc Bamuthi Joseph (performer, educator, curator); May-Li Khoe (dancer, software designer); Dr. Susie Lundy (culture and performance scholar, b-girl); Christina Knight (playwright, art historian); Jered Lawson (co-founder and executive director, Pie Ranch); Dani McClain (communications strategist); Martin Luther McCoy (singer, songwriter); Michael Orange (innovator and cultural developer); Sean San José (actor, director); Bryant Terry (chef, educator, cookbook author); Visra Vichit-Vadakan (filmmaker); Rickey Vincent (educator, author, and professional funkateer); and Jillian C. York (director for international freedom of expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation).