Collective Approaches – State of the Arts & Society – EMERGENCE 2015 – Morning Panel


Collective Approaches – State of the Arts & Society

Forum – 12:00pm


Rhiannon MacFadyen, Founder/Director of A Simple Collective
Ashara Saran Ekundayo, Impact Hub Oakland, LLC , Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Omi Gallery, Director/Curator
Julie Potter,Creative Ecosystems Senior Program Manager, YBCA
Kristi Holohan is a member of Rock Paper Scissors, founder of Arts and Creative Expression (ACE Arts). 

How do we harness social, cultural and financial capital through collective impact and efforts? Artists working in collaboration achieve many practical and values based goals. Participants of this roundtable will share moments/tactics for their successes and challenges relevant to artists/arts organizations working in and outside of alternative forms to the Non-Profit and For-Profit dichotomy.

Panel Participants

Rhiannon-MacFadyenRhiannon Evans MacFadyen is a curator and project-based artist, as well as an independent consultant for artists, small institutions, and budding collectors. A San Francisco native, having over 15 years of in-depth experience in the arts–including 10+ years in the commercial gallery world and a number of years with Bay Area folkloric performance companies–Rhiannon has focused on projects that push boundaries of scale, scope, medium, venue, and content. In 2013 she founded A Simple Collective: an organization dedicated to fostering creative independence for professionals, and professional independence for creatives, and ASC Projects: an experimental project space in San Francisco’s Mission district. Deeply involved with several community-building, cultural, and arts marketing organizations, she spearheaded the creation and curation of Yerba Buena Night: the free outdoor arts festival in downtown San Francisco, now in its fourth year, and is on the Advisory Board for WEAD (Women’s Environmental Artist Directory) and Curatorial Committee for Root Division. She has curated exhibitions at Visual Aid Gallery, the New Media Lounge at Yerba Buena Night, ASC Projects, and SCOPE New York, and her shows and words have been included is The New Asterisk Magazine,, Art Practical, and KQED, among other publications.


Asjara-Saran-EkundayoAshara Saran Ekundayo is a cultural strategist and convener who consultants with start-ups and organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement in their ventures through the uses of social permaculture design, creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. Her combined passions for media, food, art and tech also inspire her to produce events such as Pecha Kucha Night Oakland and “Grits & Greens” and she can be heard on KPOO Radio amplifying the voices of women creatives with her “Sweetwater Sessions” segment as part the weekly Ibeji Lounge show.  Most recently Ashara serves as the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland and is also the Director for Omi Gallery located in Oakland, CA.  She also participates in the Urban Futures Think Tank at YBCA, and holds Advisory Board Positions with KQED Arts, Urban Protoyping, and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.  She is a 2014 Emerging Arts Professional Fellow and Institute For the Future just pinged her as 2015 Fellow4Good inquiring on the Future of Collaboration and Spirituality.  She happily Tweets from @Blublakwomyn


Julie-PotterJulie Potter is a community engagement specialist, performance curator and writer based in San Francisco. As the YBCA:You Senior Program Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Potter designs programs stimulating the frequency, diversity and community of art-going, including the Smart Night Out and Smart Night Outing performance programs. She also conducts creative case management developing individualized curricula as part of YBCA:You and manages inquiry-based networks as part of the Programs and Pedagogy team at YBCA. Potter was the 2013 Writer in Residence at the ODC Theater and completed studies in the 2013 class at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Potter has been a guest curator for ConVerge at YBCA, presenting Unproductive Time/A Party With Rules in 2014 and An Evening of Word/Playin 2013. She also curated Dance Discourse Project #13: Dancing in the Museum presented by Dancers’ Group, CounterPulse and the de Young Museum. Potter was a 2011-12 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow organizing public programs in the Bay Area including Artist As Citizen, The Artist-Administrator Balancing Act and Collaborators in Situ.


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Kristi Holohan was raised in a craft family from Finnish-American decent and works in diverse mediums in the Bay Area.  Her personal work in visual and textile Art is heavily influenced by her relationships and constant street presence in Oakland community, policy and advocacy work, political comics and satire, through membership at Rock Paper Scissors Collective-as gallery curator and community/youth director, as an educator in Arts from an oppression/liberation framework with Restorative Practices, and her current mentor fine artist and muralist Dan Fontes.  Most always surrounded by Oakland community, natural urban homesteading and youth interns, Her work in visual Arts, curation, organizing, and education has been locally and nationally recognized for its base and intent in intensive community incorporation.   []
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