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Spring 2020 Schedule: Arts + Design Thursdays

*Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions, all remaining events will be moved online. Please check back for more details regarding individual events.*

Spring 2020 Schedule
Arts + Design Thursdays: Public Art and Belonging

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Monument Lab: Process and Power in Public Art
Paul M. Farber (Artistic Director and Co-founder, Monument Lab)

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race, Resegregation, and Public Arts
Jeff Chang (Author, Vice President, Race Forward)

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
Navigating the Landscape of Public Art
Lava Thomas (Artist), Mildred Howard (Artist, Activist, Educator)

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Soft Power
Eungie Joo (Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice: Black Public Art
Rodney Leon (Founder and Principal, Leon Architects PLLC)

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POSTPONED - Thursday, February 20, 2020
Vision & Justice: Art, Race, and Power in a Contested Democracy
Sarah Lewis (Associate Professor, Harvard University)


MOVED ONLINE - Thursday, March 12, 2020
Dignidad Rebelde
Melanie Cervantes (Artist), Jesus Barraza (Artist)

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POSTPONED - Thursday, March 19, 2020
Food Justice and Belonging: A Demonstration and Conversation
Bryant Terry (Chef, Educator, Author)


MOVED ONLINE - Thursday, April 2, 2020
Ronni Favors
Ronni Favors (Rehearsal Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

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MOVED ONLINE - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The New Eagle Creek Saloon
Sadie Barnette (Artist), Dena Beard (Executive Director, The Lab)

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MOVED ONLINE - Thursday, April 9, 2020
mak-huššištak / Our Vision
Vincent Medina (Co-founder, mak-'amham and Cafe Ohlone), Louis Trevino (Co-founder, mak-'amham and Cafe Ohlone)


MOVED ONLINE - Thursday, April 16, 2020
Social Engineer: The Artist as Bridge Builder
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Artist)

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MOVED ONLINE - Thursday, April 23, 2020
Breaking Down the Gates: A Conversation About Curation and Inclusion in the Arts
Gerald Casel (Artist, Director, Gerald Casel Dance), Dustin H. Chinn (Playwright), Maria Jenson (Creative and Executive Director, SOMArts), Miyuki Baker (Artist, Activist)

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This lecture series explores relationships between art and belonging, with a focus on race. Might more art remind us of the forgotten, excluded, and devalued contributions of marginalized people to our rich history, or is public art merely a way to manage multiculturalism and silence dissent? How would Berkeley look if art and design were used to create spaces of care for relationships of justice and equity? Join a range of artists and thinkers to investigate how publics might be represented by, formulated through, or critiqued in artworks. For more information, visit


Arts + Design Thursdays is made possible thanks to support from the Big Ideas Courses Program in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley and from generous supporters of Berkeley Arts + Design. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.

Image credit:
Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino (Co-founders, mak-'amham and Cafe Ohlone)