ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
Jason Wyman is a social practice artist and curator who specializes in facilitating interdisciplinary, intercultural, intergenerational community-engaged works and exhibitions with/for historically marginalized communities. With over 20 years in non-profit administration and arts education within organizations of varying size, scope, and range, Jason understands the dynamics, strengths, and weaknesses of different models of service and development and knows how to implement strategies that meet diverse communities’ needs. His work explores themes of belonging, identity, myth, and dream. He values cooperation, diligence, creativity, inquiry, iteration, and laughter.
Jason is currently a core ensemble member of OutLook Theater Project, a co-project manager of the Bay Area Youth Media Network, a board member of Independent Arts and Media, and an advisory member of People.Power.Media.
Previous employers and clients include National Youth Media Network, the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, The Partnership for Children and Youth, Urban Services YMCA, TILT, Youth Development Peer Network, Pine United Methodist Church, Community Network for Youth Development, California School Age Consortium, the United Way, Future Homemakers of America, and AmeriCorps.
Nina Parks is a human having a very spiritual experience here in this world and as a human she knows she must create to survive in existing systems :)
Nina has had many incarnations as a Bar wench, bottle service girl, valet, martial arts instructor (still a passion), marketing and distributions for an independent magazine, music artist branding and narrative development, documentary film teacher for youth on probation, retail sales, concert photographer, music video director.... She has also worked as an out of school youth educator for 6 years and was a case manager for 5 years. Nina worked in the Excelsior and Bernal Heights and Mission Communities in San Francisco creating spaces and art work to empower and educate community members in strategies of "community policing", an alternative philosophy that counts on ALL persons in a community to take responsibility and initiative to create safe public spaces. Now much of her art work is a branch off of all the work she did from 2008-2014 and is an expansion of her life legacy of reframing and restoring "Justice."
After all that Nina realized that she is much happier as the Renaissance Woman she is and has now stepped into her journey as an entrepreneur.
Now Nina Parks provides many services that could benefit you on your journey to success. Her goal is to help people access their potential and develop their passions.
ACTIVISM: within & without
TUESDAYS, October 7, 14, 21 | 10am to 1pm
SOMArts Cultural Center | San Francisco
COST: $150 for series (plus ticket handling fee)
ACTIVISM: within & without is specifically designed as a personal and professional development course for artists, youth workers, facilitators, educators, journalists, public servants, parents, and organizers. We believe that simple strategies can build common understanding and pluralistic expression of core concepts of civil society.
ACTIVISM: within & without offers three workshops that use hip hop, poetry, performance, visualization, storytelling, and media to teach civic engagement and community building skills. Each workshop is facilitated by a talented teaching artist, who is an expert in their craft. At the end of each workshop, participants will walk away with:
Additionally, participants will contribute to two growing civically-engaged art projects, #TakingAStandSF and #WhereDoYouBelong by artists and ACTIVISM: within & without producers Jason Wyman and Nina Parks.
#TakingAStandSF was instigated in November 2013 in the wake of the incident of police brutality at Valencia Gardens on the same day San Francisco was celebrating Batkid. #TakingAStandSF is a movement to restore justice in our communities.
#WhereDoYouBelong was founded by OutLook Theater Project and 14 Black Poppies in collaboration with TILT in the Summer of 2014. It is a transdisciplinary, cross-platform, multi-organizational investigation into belonging, which engages artists and community members in creation, exhibition, research, and civic-engagement. #WhereDoYouBelong is both a starting point and an ending point. The investigation is the destination.
WORKSHOP ONE (10/7): Know Our Rights, Know Our Responsibilities
Facilitated by Dregs One | Using: hip hop and poetry
WORKSHOP TWO (10/14): Democracy in Action
Facilitated by Anthony Julius Williams | Using: performance and visualization
WORKSHOP THREE (10/21): The Art of Listening
Facilitated by Jason Boyce | Using: storytelling and media
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
“Each one, teach one,” a proverb hip-hop artist Reza “Dregs One” Harris is living by educating his community in San Francisco. On and off the mic, he works with inner-city youth, and addresses social issues such as gentrification, and police brutality.
As a former at-risk youth, Dregs takes us through his life as a city kid during his early hip-hop career, delivered through his energetic yet poetic rhymes. He produces classic hip-hop instrumentals; jazz influenced yet “grimey-” keeping true to the underground sound of San Francisco.
His next album will be taking a slightly different approach, with Japanese producer Ill Sugi. While Dregs and Sugi have language barriers they’ve managed to work together through music which sparked the upcoming album, Universal Language. Harris describes it as “music for the soul.”
In an effort to keep building and strengthening communities, Dregs One plans to create his own organization and educate his community through workshops and events, all while living by his words: “My music, my community, and my spirituality.”
ANTHONY JULIUS WILLIAMS
Anthony Julius Williams is Artistic Director of The Iruke Project, a multimedia theater company devoted to social justice and sustainable communities. We've performed shows about mass incarceration at Intersection for the Arts, about Blaxploitation movies at the African-American Arts & Culture Complex, and about iconic writer James Baldwin at the Bayview Opera House. Most recently, Anthony appeared with OutLook Theater as the Human Disco Ball in "Where Do You Belong?," an interactive exploration of gentrification and community in San Francisco. He is currently a PhD student in Psychology at Saybrook University, where his research examines the link between creative process, indigenous spirituality and social transformation.
Jason Boyce is a Cinematographer, Editor, Special FX guru, Writer and Director living in San Francisco, CA.