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Programming FOR the Future, WITH the Future

  • Curran Theatre 445 Geary Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

This open public forum is being presented by the National Guild for Community Arts Education as part of the program for the 8th annual Conference for Community Arts Education, November 15-18.

Free registration for this event will open at the end of September.

In the culture of design, we have grown adept at talking about the future without integrating “future citizens” into the conversation. Specifically, this means creating policy and programming decisions that are for and about young people without consulting or including young people in the process.

A number of leaders have begun recognizing this process flaw, and have committed to co-designing next generation systems with young people whose outcomes are justice. Inspired by the multi-city conference Create Justice, organizers in the San Francisco Bay Area have forged partnerships between adults and teens who work with four seminal youth centered organizations, Youth Speaks, Destiny Arts Center, Berkeley High School's CAS program, and YBCA's Youth Fellows.

Join us this evening for an overview of what co-designed systems look like in principle, and participate in a cross-generational workshop on the ground to experience what this modality feels like in practice.


  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Rebeka Rodriguez, Civic Engagement Manger, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
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