On this episode we chat with artists, gallery curators, and the SF Director of Cultural Affairs to get an insider’s perspective on the Bay Area art hustle
Joan McLoughlin, Owner, The McLoughin Gallery
Joan’s careers have spanned many different specialties from Emergency Nursing at Stanford to Medical Device Startups. She last worked as the European General Manager of EndoGastric Solutions based in Brussels before finally transitioning into the art world, opening her contemporary art gallery in San Francisco in 2010.
Art has always been a passion for Joan, her main criteria for art- It has be color; it has to be unique and it has to make you think.
Joan operate her business like a startup, and manage her artists like new product launches. She is committed to building the careers of her artists, and offering her collectors artists who are innovative with a strong, future career in the arts. Twitter Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | LinkedIn
Maria Jenson, Executive Director, SOMArts
Maria Jenson is the Executive Director of SOMArts Cultural Center. Prior to joining SOMArts, Maria was a key member of the External Relations team managing the reopening of SFMOMA following the museum’s $300 million dollar expansion. At SFMOMA, she worked across departments and built innovative community partnerships as the museum’s cultural and civic ambassador.
A student of dance, theater and screenwriting for many years, Maria has produced and directed live theater in Los Angeles, and launched and directed Salon Oblique in Venice, CA, a boutique art salon and gallery. Salon Oblique, like ArtPadSF, worked with performance, video, installation, and traditional media to create unique and theatrical events.
Maria is active with the Arts for a Better Bay Area (ABBA) coalition and works with her colleagues at other major arts organizations in the region on education, advocacy and inclusion issues as they relate to arts, economic and community-building public endeavors. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
Maxine Holloway, Curator, We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work
Maxine Holloway is a Bay Area sex worker, sex educator, artist and filmmaker. Since 2008 she has been conspiring with Bay Area talent to create and showcase provocative performance, education and advocacy. Her pornography performances earned her AVN nominations, an XBIZ award, and a Feminist Porn Award. In 2014 she founded the Ask First Campaign to raise awareness about consent, and has brought the project to the Folsom Street Fair for the third year in a row. She is the co-founder of Cum & Glitter - A Live Sex Show, a performance troupe taking the Bay Area by storm. With her real-life partner Jesse James, she recently founded a perverse and romantic kink event called, The Push - An Adult Party. Holloway is certified in Sex-Education and HIV/STI Prevention, and recently completed her masters degree in public health at SF State University. Her studies focus on the health, safety, and human rights of sex workers. Holloway advocates for sex worker justice through the ever-intersecting avenues of activism, community organizing, politics, and art. Website | Twitter
Sarah Pritchard, Director of Communications & Strategy at SOMArts
Sarah Pritchard is the Director of Communications & Strategy at SOMArts and a dancer and organizer based in Oakland. A founding member of SALTA dance collective, Sarah has produced dozens of performances in libraries, private homes, warehouses, museums, and even SOMArts. Before joining SOMArts to manage communications and outreach, they developed violence prevention curricula and programs for Futures Without Violence. Sarah brings both their non-profit street smarts and their creative vision to cultural work. They consider it a great privilege and responsibility to create a platform that will support SOMArts’ artists. Website
Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, SF Arts Commission
Before coming to the Arts Commission, Tom DeCaigny was an independent consultant, strategist and facilitator with over fifteen years of leadership experience in the fields of arts and culture, youth development and education. Mr. DeCaigny previously served nine years as Executive Director of Performing Arts Workshop, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to helping marginalized young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and basic learning skills through the arts. Prior to his role as Executive Director, he managed The Workshop’s Robeson and Rivera Academy, an arts-intensive middle school and treatment program for repeat juvenile offenders. He has also managed the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s National Youth Education Program, served as Director of Actor Training for the University of Minnesota’s Adolescent Actors Teaching Project, and conducted research for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Mr. DeCaigny has a B.A. degree in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter
We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work
We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work is a multidisciplinary group exhibition created by, and in celebration of, sex workers. Curated by Maxine Holloway and Javier Luis Hurtado, We’re Still Working is the second exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. The exhibition will encourage viewers to challenge dominant narratives about sex workers. We’re Still Working addresses the complexity of sex work through multiplicitous and diverse sex worker perspectives, creating a space for sex workers to creatively tell their own stories and insisting that sex worker contributions to the history, art and culture of the Bay Area are seen and valued.
Time For Some Action: Visit an independent Bay Area arts organization, support an independent artist with a purchase, and visit SOMArts Gallery and the We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work exhibit now until February 25th, 2017.
What’s the 411? Local headlines from around the Bay Area!
- Thousands use their bodies to spell out Resist on SF beach
- California claims 13th best ‘well-being’ ranking among the 50 states San Jose Mercury News California fell to 13th best in pollster Gallup’s annual ranking of the quality of life in each U.S. state. Categories included Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical.
- With travel ban lifted, Ethiopian refugee girl set to arrive at SJC East Bay Times. 17-year-old Ethiopian refugee will go home to a foster mother in Berkeley as part of a refugee foster program
- The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding Wired. Learning to code isn’t just for engineers anymore. Technical institutes, community colleges, and coding schools have turned the career paths of nerds and gamers into a basic skill set.
- What Facebook's New Bereavement Leave Policy Means For Millennials Forbes. The social network that was built to connect people is leading the way with a new bereavement policy, aimed at allowing employees to take time off to properly care for, or mourn immediate or extended family members.
- S.F. Shipyard project delayed after contractor admits faking soil samples BizJournals. New construction for Hunters Point is on pause, while the Navy reviews the process.
- Longtime SF DJ Builds Online Archive Of '80s And '90s Club Mixes From Long-Gone Nightclubs SFist. Two decades' worth of club mixes from local nightlife luminaries like Larry Reed, Ellen Ferrato, David Harness and others are being transformed from analog tape to digital for public consumption for the SF Disco Preservation Society
The Top 5 Events that Caught Our Eyes!
- Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month on Feb 22 at the store in Union Square. Panel discussion with Jay Ellis (HBO’s Insecure), vocalist BJ The Chicago Kid, announcer Renel Brooks Moon, and our very own former guest, Ms. RyanNicole
- Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimagining Justice on Feb 23 from 7 - 9 pm. This series of talks around ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration will take place at First Congregational Church in Oakland. Tickets are on a sliding scale.
- Noise Pop, through Feb 23. The leading independent music festival has expanded to include film, at various locations around San Francisco.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns at ACT through Feb 26. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set amidst the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.
- The Black Choreographers Festival: Here and Now through Feb 26. The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now 2017 brings three weekends of performances to Oakland and San Francisco,highlighting Festival Favs and a host of premieres - featuring unique and dynamic performances!
Production: Sound Design by Courtney Grace, Production Assistance by Jen Huynh with Hosts Becca, Christianne Harder, LT and j-
360BayArea Intro Music by Courtney Grace with vocals by ElleT
Donato Dozzy “S.T.”
Air “La Femme dArgent”
Nosaj Thing “Night Crawler”
Foreign Exchange “Happiness”
DD Sakora “Valet” and “Malibu”
Clarke Kent “Harambe”
SPACE COMMANDER ZERO “Above” and “My Only Dream”
Nektar_Pro “Inspiring HIp-Hop”
Foreign Exchange “Be Alright” and “Sincere”
Danny Swain “Punjabi Mami”
- The Last Word by Feministing writer Veronica Bayetti Flores
- S.F. Cultural Affairs director Tom DeCaigny champions artists
- How to Keep a City’s Economic Growth from Destroying its Cultural Soul?
- The state of the arts in San Francisco
- SOMArts names SFMOMA veteran as new director
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