California Humanities is proud to build international bridges with France through the arts and humanities.
The project includes these major components:
- A comprehensive publication released in September 2020 which further defines the cultural exchange and offers examples of how arts and cultural institutions work with artists
- A short documentary film about how Oakland and Saint-Denis are creating more equitable cities by filmmaker Camille Servan-Schreiber, with funding from California Humanities
- SPACES, an immersive performance that merges contemporary dance with local storytelling; this will take place in July 2021 at Oakland City Hall and Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
- In September/October 2021, performances will occur in the Basilique of Saint-Denis and Saint-Denis Market. Learn more here: https://www.kaimeraproductions.com/spaces-st-denis.
- A series of public conversations with Villa San Francisco in the United States and France to further expand the ideas and solutions raised by the initiative; we will update this list as dates are confirmed:
- October 13, 2020 – City/ Cité: Translating Cities and Cultures, a community conversation to celebrate the release of the Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project publication. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1-btjPLpCw
- November 12, 2020 – City/Cité: The Humanities at a Global Crossroad at the 2020 National Humanities Conference
- December 3, 2020 – The Brooklyn Rail // Oakland/Saint-Denis: How Culture Makes the City This conversation featured Juliette Donadieu, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Lori Fogarty, Juliette Bompoint, and Malvika Jolly. You can watch it here: Watch the conversation here.
- January 13, 2021 – City/Cité: Two Cities, Two Mayors, One Goal
Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf and Mayor Mathieu Hanotin from Saint-Denis, France discuss what makes their cities special and their shared goal of engaging artists and communities to build creative and inclusive cities. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/xapttJkDUVY
- March 29, 2021 – City/Cité: Oakland/Chicago/Detroit
Cultural leaders Roberto Bedoya, Connie Spreen, Anya Sirota, and Juliette Donadieu, came together to share their perspectives and experiences. The event was moderated by Shannon Jackson from UC Berkeley. The panel discussed the role of artists, urban planners, scholars, and elected officials, in developing community-oriented cities across the US—Oakland, Chicago, Detroit—and Saint-Denis. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ah3VvRXZE8
- May 20, 2021 – City/Cité: Reframing Sacramento – Looking ahead: lessons from Oakland/Saint-Denis brought artists and city government representatives from the Oakland/Saint-Denis project together with Sacramento artists and representatives in a conversation produced by UC Davis Humanities Institute. What can Sacramento learn from the project? You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqw7g3TyZQE
- June 2, 2021 – City/Cité: Translating Urban Development
Join us for this new talk in the City/Cité series, presented by Spur, California Humanities and Villa San Francisco, with the support of Institut français. New developments can radically alter not only the physical form of a place, but also who can, and will, live, shop, work and feel safe there. A single project can serve as an inflection point in a community, with the changes it brings echoing throughout the neighborhood. What can developers and municipalities do to implement culture- and artist-friendly policies in their projects to ensure more equitable cities? How can artists help define and advocate for these policies? Innovative urban and cultural experimentation occurring in both California and France will be discussed, as well as the new projects that are shaping places for everyone to belong.
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- The best trips for culture vultures – an art lover’s guide | Financial Times
- A San Francisco, une « résidence » pour artistes français
Thanks to Our Partners!
Thank you to all the people who made this project possible:
In France…. Pierre-Emmanuel Becherand, General Manager/Grand Paris Express, Julien Beller, Founder and Director/Le 6b, Juliette Bompoint, Director/Mains d’Oeuvres, Didier Coirint, Cultural Affairs Manager/City of Saint-Denis, Louise Fourquet, CEO/Baluchon, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Artistic Director/Kaimera Productions, Ben Lamyne, Artist, Julia Lopez, Artist & Founder/Maison Jaune, Emilie Moreau/APUR – Atelier parisien d’urbanisme, Valentine Roy/Territoire Culture et Création, Plaine Commune.
In California…. Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager/City of Oakland, Benjamin Burke, Founder/Shade Tree, Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director Emeritus/ Destiny Arts Center, Moy Eng, CEO/Community Arts Stabilization Trust, Lori Fogarty, Director/Oakland Museum of California, Ben Frost, Music Director/Youth Radio Media, William Gilchrist, Director/ Planning and Building Department/ City of Oakland, Shannon Jackson, Vice Chancellor Arts + Design/UC Berkeley, Kelley Kahn, Policy Director, Art and Economic Development/City of Oakland, David Keenan, Safer DYI Spaces, Robert Ogilvie, Consultant, Matthew Passmore, Artist & Founder/Morelab and Steven Raspa, Associate Director/Burning Man Project, and Katharine Wallerstein, Associate Director/Davis Humanities Institute.
Thank you to Oaklandish for their graphic design for this project.