Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco Bay Area presents Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism. This year, we pull back the complex layers of professionalism—capitalism, equity, respect, commitment, control, creativity—and imagine a new and better version for all of us.
What makes a person a professional? When is the term “professional” used as a weapon vs. a demarcation of respect, commitment, and value for your work and colleagues? What really is professional in an intersectional, creative field?
Join us for a day of mental and physical deconstruction of professionalism, and work towards a better definition, at Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism — presented by Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area (EAP) in partnership with SOMarts Cultural Center.
Emergence 2019: Peeling Back Professionalism
Monday, June 10, 2019 | 10am – 5pm at SOMArts
934 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Light breakfast and refreshments and a no-host lunch will be provided on-site
Emergence, the annual convening of the EAP network, provides a collaborative platform for Bay Area arts & culture workers to connect, share ideas, and elevate their work and voices. EAP is committed to curating Emergence as a participatory experience that encourages deep connections and inquiries that are omnidirectional through generations, career levels, business models, and disciplines. Our goal is for you to walk away with actionable next steps, as well as tangible tools and a strengthened network to support your work.
- PLENARIES: Opening and Indigenous Land Acknowledgements by Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash artist, poet, and activist Kanyon CayoteWoman Sayers-Roods; Keynote by Oakland-based artist, writer, and curator Leila Weefur (She/They/He).
- SESSIONS: Join workshops and roundtables on institutional support (or lack of) of professional development, the glory and the agony of code-switching, and the productive act of being unprofessional; work collectively to build an enlightened Professionalism Manifesto, a living archive, and a vision of a better arts future!
- AMENITIES: Light breakfast, snacks, and refreshments will be provided; a no-host lunch will be available on-site; for all you caregivers, a family room will be available for hanging out, playing with kiddos, breast-feeding, and other family needs, so you can participate as your full self!
- Plus, find out what this year’s EAP Fellows have been learning and creating, collect a “recipe” book of resources from the sessions, gather knowledge in the Library… and so much more!
- What makes a person a professional?
- How is the term “professional” used as a weapon in favor of xenophobia (“your kinky hair is not professional”) or exploitation (“it’s not professional to discuss your salary at work”)?
- How can the word “professional” be a demarcation of respect for your work and colleagues (“It’s not professional to blow off that grant deadline”) or note the depth of knowledge and commitment to your creative practice (“This isn’t a hobby; I’m a professional artist.”)?
- When capitalism falls, what will professionalism look like? What will we continue to value?
- What kind of professionalism would your ancestors get down with?
- When crisis and injustice erupt, what kind of “professionalism” should we or should we not maintain?
- What is professional in an intersectional, creative field?
SOMArts is a vibrant, art-full place to visit whether you are seeing a performance, viewing an exhibition, taking a class, connecting with your neighbors or engaging with one of the Bay Area’s many cultural communities.