The Arts and Public Service

SFMOMAThe Arts and Public Service

Thursday, May 11, from 6:00-8:00pm
Koret Education Center, SFMOMA, 151 Third Street, San Francisco

What role can artistic engagement play in imagining the future of public life? How might artistic research support public policy or strategies of social change? Join the Arts + Design Initiative, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  to explore the complex interplay between art and public service in the Bay Area.

This gathering invites participants and Bay Area partners to map upcoming activities in 2017/2018 at the intersections of art, design, architecture, activism, and government. It marks the launch of SFMOMA’s new Initiative, Public Knowledge with the San Francisco Public Library, as well as future collaborations with YBCA; it anticipates UC Berkeley’s platform on the theme of Public (Re) Assembly, and it celebrates the publication of Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, co-edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon.


Deena Chalabi (moderator), Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue, SFMOMA

Shannon Jackson, associate vice chancellor for the arts and design; Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities; professor, rhetoric, performance studies, UC Berkeley

Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Practice, SFMOMA

Additional speakers to be announced. 

Note: This is a free event; museum admission is not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.