Celebrating Community

Overview & Information

Saturday, September 26

It’s time to celebrate community with a free, day-long festival of music, dance, film and interactive artistic and cultural activations from Bay Area Bold partners and festival participants.

Featured performers include: Alliance for California Traditional Arts, AXIS Dance Company, Dance Brigade, Destiny Arts Center, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Embodiment Project, Handful Players, Imagine Bus Project, Krista DeNio & CounterPULSE, Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Los Cenzontles, Sean Dorsey Dance, Youth Radio, Youth Speaks and more!


  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Axis Dance

  • 12:30–1:15 PM

    Embodiment Project

  • 1:45–2:30 PM

    Sean Dorsey Dance The Missing Generation

  • 3:00–4:00 PM

    Dance Brigade

  • 5:30–7:00 PM

    Community Leadership Awards (CLA's) Visit the Awards page for more information

Esplanade Stage

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

  • 12:30–1:15 PM

    Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Eastern Music & Dance

  • 1:45–2:30 PM

    Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center Mexican Song & Dance

  • 3:00–3:45 PM

    East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) African Dance and Drum

  • 3:45–4:00 PM

    EBCPA Latin Dance


  • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

    Connection Lounge Youth Radio / Interactive Media Station / Imagine Bus Project

  • 4:00–5:30 PM

    CLA Reception Visit the Awards page for more information

Screening Room

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Youth Radio Beyond Broadcast: Young People Telling Stories Through Tech

  • 3:00–4:00 PM

    TSFF Literary Awards Reading and Award Presentation (visit the Awards page for more information)

Other Areas

  • 1:15–1:45 PM

    Handful Players Audience Participation for Kids

  • 2:30–3:00 PM

    CounterPULSE: Krista Denio Site-specific dance

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Voices That Speak With Movement

Through word, song, and dance these programs make bold statements
about social issues through dance theater.

11:00 AM

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

Presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist and composer Dr. John Calloway, these high school players collaborate with legends like Armando Peraza, Jerry Gonzalez, and John Santos, and write their own material.



11:00 AM

AXIS Dance Company

AXIS teams up with choreographer Joe Goode to create “to go again”, a new dance theater work that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes.

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Beyond Broadcast: Young People Telling Stories Through Tech

Youth Radio, Oakland’s award-winning media production company that trains youth in digital media technology, will showcase how its young media professionals are telling their stories on some of the biggest issues facing the Bay Area and the nation.Known for its journalism as the Official Youth Desk of National Public Radio (NPR), Youth Radio will not only showcase its latest broadcast stories, but also its youth-designed web and mobile apps that take YR’s reporting beyond broadcast, and into the hands of audiences.
Join us for this interactive and informative session on how the Bay Area’s youth are using media and technology to raise awareness on important issues, from juvenile justice in the nation to gentrification in West Oakland.



12:30 PM

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Sounds of California

ACTA will present two ensembles: Palabuniyan Kulintang (music of Mindanao, Philippines) and Chaksampa Tibetan Dance & Music Company, representing master artists and culture-bearers who make the Bay Area home.

Chaksampa Group Pic


12:30 PM

Embodiment Project: Chalk Outlines

Chalk Outlines is a hip hop dance theater production that interweaves street dance, poetry, live song, and documentary theater in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

This production includes all original music by the acclaimed Valerie Troutt and is performed live by her vocal ensemble MoonCandy. Chalk Outlines is based in interviews and brings diverse perspectives to the center of a timely conversation about race relations and white supremacy in America. The piece is dedicated in loving memory to Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and the countless other African American men who have unjustly lost their lives due to police brutality.

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1:45 PM

Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds)

Los Cenzontles perform rancheras, boleros and many varieties of Mexican son including those from the traditional mariachi of Jalisco, pirekuas of Indigenous Michoacan and son Jarocho of Veracruz. The group also composes new music in traditional and cross-cultural styles that promote socially conscious messages of cultural awareness.



1:45 PM

Sean Dorsey Dance: The Missing Generation

THE MISSING GENERATION is a new dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors – those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.



3:00 PM

Dance Brigade: Hemorrhage

Excerpts from the end of the world

Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, and the continued attack on the rights of women. Using the backdrop of the Mission District and the onslaught of evictions, Choreographer Krissy Keefer will explore the connection of the these current events via her hair-trigger analysis.

Dance Brigade Full company


3:00 PM

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts: Deep Roots Wide World

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts presents members of four resident companies: Son de la Tierra, The Richmond Jazz Collective, Youth West African Music and Dance Ensemble, and Voices of Reason.

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2:30 PM

Krista DeNio & CounterPULSE: EchoTheaterSuitcase

EchoTheaterSuitcase (ETS) brings veterans of military service together with non-veteran civilians, to create originally devised performance work based on personal narrative and addressing multiple perspectives on military and civilian life, culture and war. ETS will ​perform in collaboration with the Martin Luther King Memorial site, in the Yerba Buena Gardens,​showcasing the architecture, waterfall, reflecting pool and Dr. King’s words, in an audience-interactive ​experience.

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Festival MCs

11:00 AM- 4:00PM, Esplanade Stage


Gloribella is a Radio Host on 100.3 Monday through Friday 3-7PM

11:00 AM- 4:00PM, Esplanade Stage


Radio Host of 98.1/99.1, your San Francisco radio station with the best Mexican Regional music Monday to Friday 7PM- Midnight

Your community Festival, join us for live art-making, music, dance, poetry, film and connection.


Cartoon Art Museum

Details to be announced, stay tuned for updates!


Children's Creativity Museum: Aerial Antics

Flex your creativity muscles by designing a flying hovercraft and testing it in our wind tunnel. Children and families can apply their crafty problem-solving skills–along with science and engineering principles–to this hands-on design challenge. Participants can also enjoy FREE admission to the Children’s Creativity Museum and a special discount at the Creativity Store during the Festival.


California Historical Society: History for Half-Pints: Family, Music, and Games

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair that brought 19 million people to the Bay Area and created one of the region’s best-known landmarks: the Palace of Fine Arts. Visit the California Historical Society booth for free passes to see our latest exhibition “City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair” on view at our Mission Street headquarters; and participate in free crafts and activities for kids of all ages.

About the California Historical Society:

Founded in 1871, CHS is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. Visit our San Francisco Headquarters at 678 Mission Street in the heart of Yerba Buena for exhibitions, public programs, and one of the best research libraries in California.


Community Sukkah Building with The Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum will lead an all day Community Sukkah Building Workshop for all ages. Join local installation artist Reenie Charriere to help build a Sukkah (temporary booth) using natural and fine art materials. This workshop is inspired by the week-long joyful Jewish festival of Sukkot, which marks the end of the harvest time, celebrates the relationship between human beings and the divine, and emphasizes welcoming the stranger to eat at your table.

1:15 PM

Handful Players

Theater and Puppet Games: a fun and creative opportunity for audience members of all ages to play group theater and puppet games led by Handful Players professional performers.

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Imagine Bus Project: What Would You Say, If the Whole World was Listening?

The Imagine Bus Project engages and inspires incarcerated youth, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system.

Experience the visions and voices of youth residing in Bay Area Juvenile Halls. In an interactive installation, The Imagine Bus Project (TIBP) will invite participants to listen in and respond to the hearts and minds of youth that society all too frequently pushes to the periphery. After the exhibit, TIBP will share the responses with students to further the connection for those on the outside with those on the inside.

Imagine Bus Project Photo 1



Details to be announced, stay tuned for updates!


SFMOMA Presents: Josh Short's Bomb Shelter Radio

Join SFMOMA Family Projects for a special day in the park with artist Josh Short and his Bay Area Bold radio station for your chance to become a radio star.


11:00 AM

Youth Radio Interactive Media Station

Join us for this interactive and informative session on how the Bay Area’s youth are using media and technology to raise awareness on important issues, from juvenile justice in the nation to gentrification in West Oakland.

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Youth Radio will provide an additional interactive exhibit with a media listening station, opportunities to test out the latest youth-designed apps, and use the official Youth Radio App to crowd-source attendees’ opinion on topics of public concern.


12:00 PM & 2:00 PM



Guided tours will be given by Gallery Guide Rhonda Pagnozzi of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Radical Presence is the first comprehensive survey of performance art by visual artists of African descent from the United States and the Caribbean. The exhibition features work by three generations of artists including Coco Fusco, Theaster Gates, Girl [Chitra Ganesh + Simone Leigh], Clifford Owens, Ulysses S. Jenkins, Shaun Leonardo, Senga Nengudi, Dread Scott, Xaviera Simmons, Sur Rodney (Sur), Danny Tisdale, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Inspired by YBCA’s ongoing Market Street Prototyping Festival, during which Market Street serves as a public platform as up to 50 of the most exceptional ideas for improving San Francisco’s main thoroughfare come to life, YBCA is prototyping one of our galleries to become a social space, featuring a lending and reference library (inspired by our current exhibitions and YBCA staff picks); a video featuring our CEO Deborah Cullinan; and Arena Play, a six-sided ping pong table that was the hit of our 2015 Market Street Prototyping Festival.
Enjoy beer, wine, soda, and snacks while you play, read, watch and connect.
Front Door gallery is FREE for all; drinks and snacks start at $3.