For Freedoms: A Conversation on Artists & Civic Responsibility

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 4–5:30 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Join the City of Oakland's Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director of Attitudinal Healing Connection Amana Harris, and artists Chris Johnson and Karen Seneferu in a special conversation moderated by Unique Holland as they discuss the role of artists in civic dialogue, as well as connections between historic and contemporary artistic practices. This conversation is held in association with the national For Freedoms 50 State Initiative project.

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Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson is a photographic and video artist, curator and writer. Johnson was President of San Francisco Camerawork Gallery for 4 years and served as Chair of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission from 1999–2005. In 1996, he created and produced a one-hour video piece titled Question Bridge: Black Males that investigates class issues within the Black community. He is currently a Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts.

Roberto Bedoya
Roberto Bedoya currently serves as the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Manager. Bedoya also worked as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations from 1996 to 2001. His essays on US cultural policy reframed the discussion on the matter to shed light on exclusionary practices in decision making. Bedoya is also an art consultant and poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications.

Karen Seneferu
Karen has dedicated her life to working as an educator and artivist. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Seneferu is the founder and co-curator of The Black Woman Is God exhibition. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in English at the University of California, East Bay. Her Afrofuturistic aesthetic boldly examines the ancient and contemporary and provides a curative intersection between technological and spiritual.

Amana Harris
Amana Harris is a leader in the field of community arts and a well-respected advocate for the arts in K-12 education. She serves as the Executive Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC), a West Oakland based organization whose mission is to empower individuals through art, creativity and education. She has dedicated 24 years of her professional life to help build and sustain AHC while creating ArtEsteem, an award-winning program that  provides resources to that focus on social justice and self-development to over 67 at-risk schools and communities.

Unique Holland
Unique Holland is an artist and community organizer who has worked as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Alameda County Office of Education. Holland served as the Executive Director of the Bay Area Leadership Foundation, a school to college academic support and scholarship program for youth. She is an advocate for equity in education and developing supportive and healthy communities.