Favianna Rodriguez, Jordan Kurland, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph joined KQED senior arts editor Chloe Veltman for a conversation about Art and Resistance at The Battery in San Francisco on Thursday, Apr. 20. Photo: Jim Ratcliffe
Favianna Rodriguez, Jordan Kurland, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph joined KQED senior arts editor Chloe Veltman for a conversation about Art and Resistance at The Battery in San Francisco on Thursday, Apr. 20. (Photo: Jim Ratcliffe)

As 100 Days Approaches, Bay Area Creatives Share Tips for Continuing Resistance

As 100 Days Approaches, Bay Area Creatives Share Tips for Continuing Resistance

100Days_300x300zOver the past hundred days, KQED Arts has been tracking artistic responses to the Trump Administration.

Toward the end of that time period, I gathered a small group of creative people working at the front lines of the Bay Area’s artistic resistance -- interdisciplinary artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez, spoken-word poet and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph, stand up comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and music impresario Jordan Kurland -- for a conversation.

I wanted to know how their jobs had changed, and what strategies they had to keep placing culture at the heart of the ongoing struggle for things like civil rights and environmental justice.

"The role of artists is so critical, because we need to shift culture. And culture moves so much more quickly than politics. In fact, politics is the manifestation of an idea whose time has already come." - Favianna Rodriguez

What follows is an edited version of our discussion which took place before a live audience at The Battery in San Francisco on Thursday, Apr. 20.

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Audio segment created in collaboration with The Battery, KQED producer Eli Wirtschafter and musician Robin DuPont. Read more about Dupont's song "He Will Not Divide Us" and listen to the full track here.

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