ABOUT PACIFIC FELT FACTORY
Located in a 6,000 sq ft historic brick warehouse, the Pacific Felt Factory arts building in San Francisco’s Mission District is a hub for makers and thinkers alike ― supporting the rich cultural work in the Bay Area through below-market-rate artist studios, exhibition space, and event space. Along with peer collaboration, workshops and guest speakers, and support programs for professional development, PFF’s ongoing programming and public arts events round out our holistic approach to strengthening community through sustainable arts and culture.
MORE INFO /// www.pacificfeltfactory.com /////
MAPP is a community arts event that takes place in the Mission the first Saturday every two months. MAPP is always free. MAPP encompasses 10 venues (or more) as well as public spaces, street corners, bart stations, cafes, bars, taquerias, homes all over La Mission. The event features taking common spaces and for one orchestrated beautifully chaotic evening, transforming them into whatever we want including free live music, Spoken word, Performance art, Film screenings, BBQ's, garage sales, unorthodox conversations and happenings.
MORE INFO /// www.mappsf.com /////
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
14 BLACK POPPIES //
THE IRUKE PROJECT //
A SIMPLE COLLECTIVE //
MEDIA ALLIANCE //
HANNA REGEV //
14 Black Poppies and the Iruke Project are fiscally sponsored by // INDEPENDENT ARTS & MEDIA //
PACIFIC FELT FACTORY MAPP:
ARTS & ABOLISHING PRISONS
Saturday, October 3, 20105
PACIFIC FELT FACTORY // 2830 20th Street, SF
PACIFIC FELT FACTORY is examining the Prison Industrial Complex as a part of the next Mission Arts and Performance Project on Saturday, October 3 from 7pm to 10pm. The event will feature an artists panel, performance art, and music in an effort to bring greater awareness to the issues that intersect mass incarceration.
The event is being produced by 14 Black Poppies, a project of Independent Arts and Media. It is co-sponsored by Media Alliance, Hanna Regev, The Iruke Project, and A Simple Collective. It is free and open to the public.
EVENT DETAILS /////////////////////////
7PM // ARTS & ABOLISHING PRISONS PANEL w/ Richard Kamler, Kevin Epps, Louis Honoré, and Emory Douglas; facilitated by Jason Wyman
8PM // RITUAL 4 RE-ENTRY w/ The Iruke Project in partnership w/ Johnson O'Dell, Jerdaile Green, Kenny Johnson, Winston Berger, and Rebecca Schultz
9PM // PERFORMANCES by Dregs One, Fred Ross, More TBA
ABOUT THE ARTISTS /////////////////////////
RICHARD KAMLER, artist, educator, curator has for 30 years been engaged with creating art that takes as its premise that of social change and cultural transformation. He has received numerous awards for this work, among them a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Soros Foundation Open Society Artist Fellowship, a California Arts Council Fellowship, and a grant from the Institute for Noetic Sciences. Kamler has exhibited his installations, sound pieces, drawings, sculptures, presentations, actions and events in museums, galleries and public spaces throughout the world.
More info at // www.richardkamler.com
LOUIS HONORE was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies until the bright-eyed age of 6 yrs old when he moved with his mother and brother to Jamaica (that's right...go figure) Queens, NYC. Needless to say, he was very confused at that impressionable age as to how 2 TOTALLY different places like that could have the same exact name!...
Louis has since resolved this complete mind-bending paradox through years and years of never-ending therapy!
His love for the arts and creativity remained with him throughout his 20-year stay in the 'Big Apple' and eventually led to his departure to the 'Beautiful City by the Bay' in 1995 to attend the California College of Arts (and Crafts... at the time). Upon leaving CCA(C), Louis continued his journey in SF as co-founder for a creative arts and culture magazine, a freelance art director and event designer, a creative director and event producer for a creative agency. Louis is currently blessed to be working at the Community (& Veterans) Justice Center.
The Community Justice Center (CJC) is a collaborative court program in partnership with city agencies and community groups with a core focus towards progressive reform to the current criminal justice system. The CJC includes both a courtroom and social service center which includes drug treatment, mental health programs, support groups, counseling, career development and job training. The CJC values the immediacy of intervention with the goal of preventing ongoing cycles of recidivism while improving the lives of participants and residents in the community.
Louis is committed to never losing his childlike wonderment for the world which he's been exceptionally honored and privileged to rediscover through the eyes of his amazing (now 7 year old) daughter Noema Honore.
More info at // www.facebook.com/events/1599223443687257
EMORY DOUGLAS was born May 24th, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the San Francisco California Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party, from February,1967 until the Early 1980’s. Douglas’s art and design concepts were always seen on the front and back pages of the Black Panther Newspaper, reflecting the politics of the Black Panther Party and the concerns of the community.
Offering a retrospective look at artwork created in the Black Panther Party, Douglas’s work has been displayed at the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, in Sydney Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles California, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the African American Art & Cultural Complex, both in San Francisco, California, Richmond Art Center, Richmond California, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston Texas. And has appeared in the 2008 June/July volume of Art in America, PRINT Magazine, American Legacy Magazine and the American Institute of Public Arts. Published In 2007, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas provides a comprehensive collection of Douglas’s work. Douglas’s exhibits include the Arts & Culture Conference of the Black Panther Party October 17-18, 2008 in Atlanta, GA and a major retrospective exhibit of past and present work at Urbis in Manchester, England, which ran from October 30, 2008 – April 19, 2009. Douglas had another major retrospective exhibit open in New York, July 21, 2009 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Thereafter Douglas did a forty day art in residence at the Elam International School of fine Arts, in Auckland New Zealand (Aotearoa),with a retrospective exhibitions of his artwork at the Gus Fisher Gallery and onto Brisbane Australia for eight days for an art lecture and exhibit at Milani Art Gallery.
More info at // www.blktwttr.com/emorydouglasart
KEVIN EPPS is a community activist and award-winning filmmaker. He grew up in Bayview-Hunters Point, a predominantly African-American community in southeast section of San Francisco. Epps honed his skills by working on public access shows, and taking filmmaking classes at the Film Arts Foundation.
In 2002, his debut documentary, “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point”, won local and national acclaim, launched him into the spotlight and kicked off a celebrated independent film career. Rap Dreams (2006), The Black Rock (2009), Straight Outta Hunters Point (2012).
Today, Kevin Epps continues to work on projects via Mastamind Productions LLC., he also works with educational, nonprofit, and corporate partners, where he write, direct, and produce films, documentaries, commercials, psa's, webvideos, and more. His list of clients include, Google, Current TV, Yahoo, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The De Young Museum, SF Black Film Festival, The Boys and Girls Club, "The Y" for YMCA, The Hunters Point Family, Black Coalition on AIDS, National Park Service.
His passion for advocacy of underserved communities leads him to give back by working with various community art spaces, as well as serving on the boards of two local non-profit organizations. Epps currently has several projects in the works and looks forward to shooting his first feature film this summer.
He devotes his free time to showcasing, exhibiting and curating film projects at public, private, educational institutions. He is on the Board of the SF Black Film Festival, BABJA (Bay Area Black Journalist Association).
More info at // www.kevepps.com
ANTHONY JULIUS WILLIAMS, The Iruke Project's Artistic Director, is a performance artist and civic shaman based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a Core Ensemble Member of OutLook Theater Project and a member of A Simple Collective/Pacific Felt Factory. He holds a B.A. from Yale College, an M.A. from the City University of New York, and a M.F.A. from the Arts and Consciousness Program of John F. Kennedy University.
Anthony combines theater, dance, music and video to expose and explore issues of sustainable communities and social justice. He approaches these issues from an integral viewpoint that transcends the postmodern aesthetics of fragmentation by insisting on a holistic vision of art that equally values spiritual experience, embodied reality, cultural work and systemic analysis.
Anthony often begins the creative process with journaling and then moves into poetry, movement, song and filming as the needs of the project are revealed. His intention is to express an overwhelming mood or an intriguing idea. Discussions and experiments with collaborators, performers and his varied communities help refine this expression.
Anthony's work provides refuge for those trying to make sense of our society and find their place in the world. He does this by allowing everyday elements – like nature, bodies and conversation – to be ingredients for a shape-shifting spell that moves life from confusion to clarity, bringing more truth and love into the world.
More info at // www.iruke.org
REZA HARRIS // DREGS ONE. “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 is founding his own youth program, 5 Elements, to educate his community through workshops and events, all while living by his words: “My music, my community, and my spirituality.”
More info at // www.dregsone.com