New WORLD Theater hosts Intersection V

New WORLD Theater is hosting Intersection V, a biennial conference and festival on global arts and activism, from April 4-6. This year’s theme, “Creative UpRising(s),” takes a global look at art and activism, emerging aesthetics and the role of performance in cultural organizing.

The conference will bring together a globally-focused group of influential movers and shakers. A central question at this convening of U.S.-based and international artists, activists, organization leaders, cultural workers and educators is, “What is necessary to catalyze a deep and meaningful national movement for change with people of color at the forefront and the arts and culture at its center?” The conference will include panels, round table discussions, artist-led workshops, and case studies that center on regional, national and international models of organizing for social change. A primary goal of Intersection V is to promote a meaningful exchange between U.S.-based artists and activists of color and renowned international artists-activists working for change in a global context.

Begun in 1998, the conference is a diverse national gathering of cultural workers: practitioners, educators, administrators, presenters, funders and activists. As an organization that bridges the worlds of creativity and scholarship, community activism and professional art-making, New WORLD Theater is committed to furthering national and transnational conversations on cultural equity, emerging aesthetics and activism through the arts.

The conference and performance festival will begin on Friday, April 4 with a pre-conference focused on the emergence of an Arab-American cultural movement in the U.S. This gathering will bring together Arab-American artists, cultural leaders, organizers, and allies exploring the aesthetics, approaches and impact of this growing movement (Pre-registration is required).

The conference continues Saturday and Sunday with keynote addresses, artist-led workshops, plenary sessions, panels, case studies and dialogues organized around three concepts:

• Artistic Praxis, artist-to-artist exchanges

• Activist Art and Cultural Organizing, a national focus on conversations about cultural work for progressive change

• Youth Aesthetics, Leadership, and Action, co-organization by New WORLD Theater’s Project 2050 and Youth Speaks of San Francisco

Public performances include:

Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.: Project 2050’s “The Love in Revolution,” a main stage presentation of last summer’s creation.

Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m.: Community/One, a showcase featuring works by a diverse group of groundbreaking solo artists working in an array of aesthetics, ideas and themes.

Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.: “breaking letter(s),” a world premiere multimedia production created by Palestinian-American poet and activist Suheir Hammad in collaboration with media artist Waleed Zaiter.

Public performances take place in Bowker Auditorium. Tickets for the performances only are $15 general public; $8 for seniors and low-income patrons; $5 for students with current ID. Group rates are available. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511.