|June 11, 2015 at 7pm|
500 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
The beauty of San Francisco lies in its diversity. Our roots originate from people from all around the globe, each with their own story. Through technology, film, food, and art, we celebrate what makes us unique and also what unites us as one local culture.
Join FWD.us in celebrating our diverse culture and the talented artists who have helped make the Bay Area a vibrant community like no other during an evening of free drinks, music, live performances and art exhibitions as part of Immigrant Heritage Month.
Hosted at the Wix Lounge, the event will begin with a guided gallery where you will be entertained and enthralled by artists of different forms and from different backgrounds, and a Q&A with the artists will follow.
Whether you’re new to this country, first-generation, or your family goes back multiple generations, join us to embrace the diversity of our city and celebrate the richness that brought and keeps us in San Francisco.
Rene Yung is an internationally exhibiting artist, designer, writer and thinker, whose poetic and incisive works fluidly cross disciplines to address social and cultural issues in the globalized environment. She develops innovative forms of civic engagement that connect people, history, and place, to reveal overlooked patterns and articulate hidden narratives. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennale; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She has created extensive public projects for national institutions including the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, the City of Oakland Cultural Arts and Marketing Division, and the Goldman Institute on Aging, San Francisco. Yung is the recipient of many grant awards, including from the San Francisco Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, the California Council on the Humanities, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.
Efren Ave in The Game of Hope (El Juego de la Esperanza) and Mazes (Laberintos) exposes two very different views of immigration issues in the U.S. His paintings are based on his own experiences, those of his close relatives and friends, as well as news media coverage of immigration. In his artwork, he expresses his personal opinions about immigration issues with sarcasm and a touch of reality.
David Herrera Performance Company: Founded in 2007 under the artistic vision of David Herrera, DHPCo. provides visibility, agency, & exposure to a diverse Latino American experience within the American fabric. Rich in theatricality and immersed in visceral physical movement the company makes its mark through seamless weaving of dance, story telling, text, music, and media into a textured conversation between Latino cultures and a multicultural American audience. DHPCo. is one of few predominantly Latino focused modern dance companies in the United States.
Alastair Mooney serves as a Senior Product Manager for Adobe Premiere Pro software, a leading video editing software in the market. In his role, Al is responsible for defining, delivering, and supporting Premiere Pro’s overall feature set and functionality. Prior to that, he served as the UK senior business development manager for video and broadcast at Adobe, providing technical workflow consultation for top broadcast accounts in the U.K. Mooney was previously at Apple UK as a Pro Video business development manager and a European sales specialist at Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology. Over the lifetime of his professional career, Al has helped artists bring to life their creative visions on the silver screen.
Rajiv Khilnani is an award winning artist with multiple shows to his credit. Rajiv’s experiences growing up in South Asia have had a major influence on his work, shaping not only subject matter and general motives, but also his color palette. He particularly enjoys creating vivid abstractions restricted to 2 to 3 dominant colors; using line, shape, design, contrast, and texture as his main creative elements. He has also explored monochromatic compositions with great success, winning “Award of Excellence” in the Abstract category from Triton Museum, Santa Clara. Rajiv maintains a studio at the SOMA Artists Collective on 689 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA.
Malika Crutchfield is a Bay Area-based artist, educator, and community advocate. She is Communications Coordinator for La Raza Community Resource Center in the Mission District, an agency that provides wrap-around social services, legal assistance, and crisis intervention for immigrants recently arriving in the US from Latin America. Malika's photography and writing have been featured in exhibitions, galleries, and publications intentionally and across the US. She has worked for the Museum of the African Diaspora designing art history curriculum, and as a writer and editor for UC Berkeley's graduate literary publication, Diaspora. Malika's work focuses on the messages that are sent by the voiceless and unseen in urban spaces, as well as the effect of urban and suburban sprawl on the natural world. Her work looks at the intersections of nationality, race, class, and technology in our modern climate, and the use of public and street art to identify and highlight these issues.
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Participating Food and Beverage Vendors
Sabor De San Miguel
Sabor De San Miguel, meaning flavors of San Miguel, is exactly that. We are a San Francisco based food truck featuring a delicious and eclectic assortment of cuisine hailing from our native San Miguel Ixtahuacán province in Guatemala. San Miguel has been making great food in the mission for over 20 years, It is their hope that with Sabor we can take our flavor further!
Delicieux!, formerly Flavors Kitchen was founded in 2009 by myself (Robbie Khonj) as a part time food vendor at the former San Francisco Underground Market. In 2012 we ventured into catering and moved to our current kitchen in Berkeley. Having a diverse background as a chef and a foreigner, my focus food concept is fusion of different cuisines from around the world that I have been inspired by through my travels and having lived in the UK, France, South Africa and now U.S.
Aedan brings to your table Japanese fermented foods that are essential to flavor and health of every traditional Japanese meal. We hand craft these foods in small batch, bringing you the foundation you need to craft fresh, healthful meals for you and your family. Our cornerstone product is hand-crafted fresh koji (Aspergillus oryzae) Koji is a natural, enzyme rich ingredient that is the starter to make miso, soy sauce, sake, shochu, mirin and vinegar. Using Aeden’s fresh handmade Koji and Koji projects you can craft numerous nourishing meals loaded with Umami.
In the early 1900’s, Nilda Bottazzi’s family migrated to Argentina from Parma, Italy in search of a better life. Her family brought with them the rich traditions of Italian cooking and soon discovered the exotic flavors of South America. Nilda, nicknamed “Nucha” by her family, grew up making delicious Argentine Empanadas traditionally baked and stuffed with simple ingredients. Keeping with tradition, Nucha soon came to teach her son, Ruben, how to make the family recipe. Nucha’s empanadas were always the hit at parties and events. After countless numbers of requests and nudges by friends and colleagues, the family decided to share Nucha Empanadas with the world - or at least the greater Bay Area! Today, Nucha Empanadas are available at some of your favorite local shops and markets.
Blue Oaks Ranch
Ruth Bleau, owner, was born and raised in Switzerland on goats' milk, goat cheese and lots of vegetables. In the early 1960's I immigrated to the United States, met my husband, and we raised three children. In 1978 we moved to the Silicon Valley and I enjoyed a successful real estate career. In 2002 we moved to Grass Valley, California to follow my dream of raising animals. We purchased a 32-acre ranch where she raises Nubian Goats and Friesian Dairy Sheep for their delicious milk. As of this writing, Ruth is milking 10 goats, 8 sheep and one Jersey Cow. All of this variety of milk has made Ruth into quite the cheesemaker! Please enjoy Ruth’s contribution of a selection of artisan handcraft cheeses.
ITO EN (North America) INC. was founded in May 2001 with the mission of introducing ITO EN's line of green tea products and establishing a green tea culture and interest in the United States and beyond. In 2002, the Teas' Tea line of natural, unsweetened bottled tea was launched. The product line functions as the centerpiece of ITO EN (North America) Inc. for it upholds ITO EN's principles of Natural, Safe, Healthy, Well-Designed, and Delicious. The product was first introduced through wholesale distribution in New York City and the Tri-State area. The breadth of ITO EN (North America) Inc. is increasing through the development of new beverage and loose leaf tea products, the expansion of its distribution network to a national level, and the growth of its ecommerce operations. With the attention of industry, the media, and the public, ITO EN (North America) Inc. is well on its way to making green tea a true part of the new American culture.
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