Our Creative FuturesOur Creative Futures

Two years into the pandemic, artists are charting new paths forward. Across the Bay Area, they’re advocating for better pay, sharing resources and looking out for their communities’ wellbeing. Welcome to Our Creative Futures, a KQED Arts & Culture series that takes stock of the arts in this unpredictable climate.

Project Manager/Editor: Nastia Voynovskaya | Contributors: Carlos Cabrera-Lomelí, Alan Chazaro, Sarah Hotchkiss, Pendarvis Harshaw, Julian Sorapuru | Photographers: Beth LaBerge, Amaya Edwards, Estefany Gonzalez | Designer: Kelly Heigert | Engagement: Justin Ebrahemi, Ria Garewal, Ashley Ng | Additional Editing: Sarah Hotchkiss, Luke Tsai, Gabe Meline

Theater Helped Him Feel Free at San Quentin—Now He’s Paying it Forward

Oakstop Nurtures An Ecosystem of Black Artists and Entrepreneurs

How to Build a Filipino American Cultural Center Without a Roof

For La Doña, SF’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Supports A Rising Music Career

Oakland is Unaffordable—Meet the Hustlers Securing Spaces for Artists

A colorful collage features portraits of event organizers and vogue dancers competing at a ball.

Beyond Ballroom, ‘Oakland to All’ Uplifts LGBTQ+ Health

A view of the Bay Area, including the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco skylines, with the text "Our Creative Futures."

Building ‘Our Creative Futures’ in the Never-Ending COVID Era