An image created for the '100 Days Action Inaugural Ball.’

As President Trump nears his seventh week in office and budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts loom, Forum checks in with Bay Area artists about their work during the Trump
Presidency and the connections between art and activism. We’ll also hear about an ongoing KQED Arts project called “First 100 Days: Art in the Age of Trump.”

Bay Area Artists Respond to the Trump Presidency 1 March,2017Michael Krasny

Chloe Veltman, senior arts editor, KQED
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, poet and dancer; chief of program and pedagogy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Ingrid Rojas Contreras, writer, literature critic and co-founder, "100 Days Action"
Daniel Riera, music director, flute player & electronic wind instrument player, Soltron

  • Paul

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts? Do they do need money beyond the raffle loot?

  • Sean Dennehy

    Where were the bay area artists when Obama bombed civilians in the middle east (and labelled them militants after the fact) or when Obama deported the highest numbers of people in recent history? Or do “artists” only show up when the president has an R in front of their name?

    • Paul

      The Democratic Party is now literally Murder Inc.
      The long arm of the Pentagon is up its derrière and moving the jaw up and down.
      But so long as they murder brown people overseas, Bay Area brown people don’t mind so much. No era nuestra “raza”.

      • Kevin Skipper

        Yikes! What’s happening here! You’re covering all my points! “La Raza” changed the Mission and Fruitvale from Mexican to ‘Hispanic.’ A quiet racial shift that conflated the struggles of brown-skinned immigrants with ALL Spanish speaking immigrants, regardless of racial origin. Homework for the Pentagon and later, INS and Homeland Security.

    • Kevin Skipper

      The “Refugees Welcome Here” campaign seemed to attract the participation of many local artists and activists. The Bernie camp seemed keen on a certain populist brand of neo-hippie ‘protest art.’

  • Noelle

    Well, with a higher military budget, don’t be surprised when NEA and NEH are eliminated.

    • Kevin Skipper

      NEA is crucial for populist propaganda. I expect that they’ll vet their endowments more closely instead of folding. Like Bernie, and the Oscars, they’ll fund projects that are less dissenting and more generalized and demographically accessible.

      • Noelle

        Yes, most likely.

  • Noelle

    The more art, the better!

    • Paul

      But misinformed and shrill political art… not so much.

  • Curious

    Poor, ignorant petals!

  • Kevin Skipper

    Soltron’s “Stand Up” reminds me of The “Brand New Heavies” or maybe even Gil Scott Heron. Influences?

  • I’ve been knitting for 13 years now. I recently have entered into the “craftivism” movement and have begun knitting items that stand up for human rights. For instance, I designed a uterus patterned feminist hat. I have also combined my science with knitting and designed a “Resistor Hat” that for the science march that features an electronic circuit with a battery and resistors (a fun science-y double entendre) – I’ve also joined in the movement to get knitters to make hats to donate to the science march! It has been a good thing to dedicate my energy into producing tangible items that make me happy rather than delving into depressing thoughts about the political landscape.

  • Chess

    This year marks the SF Gay Men’s Chorus’ 40th year and they were scheduled to have a world tour, but after the turn of political events felt that they needed to shift gears and do a tour of the “red” southern states that they now call “The Lavender Pen Tour” in reference to Harvey Milk. The diverse and inclusive Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir felt so compelled to join them. People and organizations out there have been contacting the choirs because there are some groups out there who feel like they need this kind of message and hope. I am part of OIGC and am planning on joining this tour where we aim to spread empathy, inclusiveness, healing, hope, and love that we’ve come to know in the Bay Area. I’m terrified of Trump’s America out in the south, but this is truly necessary and historical.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Craftivism Project Idea #2: WWMD bracelet. What Would Malala Do?

  • Flowering Hope

    I heard this today and wanted to call in but was driving. This segment really resinated. For the past 3 years and through the small nonprofit (Flowering Hope) I founded, I have been slowly collecting “voices” of women survivors of violence by providing art outreach then taking a photo of the art for a broader public awareness art exhibit (#fhmaskproject). I am also building a public participation postcard quilt of a ‘vision’ of a society free from gender-based violence (#hopestories and #campushopestories) where anyone can share a vision, through words, art, poetry…anything of their choosing. Since November, I have felt that bringing awareness and having her stories shared through art, is even more important. While I have always expanded my collection through the voices collected from the last two years of SF PRIDE, I look forward to broadening the postcard quilt by encouraging ANYONE interested in participating to do so. Lastly, now more than ever, there is an urgent sense to collect the voices of women from around the world who will be at this year’s UNCSW. Art is a wonderful way to bring about Awareness * Hope * Change. Thank you for letting me share!


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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