Your ticket for this program includes a reception (with one drink ticket), which will be held in the theatre’s lobby, immediately following the panel discussion/Q&A.
5:20 pm: Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map (8 min)
Keynote Speaker: Teresa Alfeld, Director, Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map
A short documentary profiling veteran activist and first-term Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson as she works alongside the next generation of anti-poverty activists fighting systemic inequality.
6:00 pm: Alice Street (70 min)
Keynote Speaker: Spencer Wilkinson, Director, Alice Street
Two Oakland artists, Pancho Peskador, a Chilean studio painter, and Desi Mundo, a Chicago-born aerosol artist, form an unlikely partnership to tackle their most ambitious project to date, a four-story mural in the heart of downtown Oakland. Their site is situated at a unique intersection where Chinese and Afro-Diasporic communities face the imminent threat of displacement and gentrification. Prior to painting, the mural faces numerous obstacles: complex negotiations with profit-minded property owners, satisfying a community of diverse residents, and resolving the artists’ own aesthetic conflicts.
As the mural takes shape on the wall, Oakland’s unique cultural legacies come to life through historical flashbacks. Past exclusionary policies replay themselves in the present as gentrification threatens to uproot long-term residents. The mural is fraught with its own challenges. A disgruntled neighborhood resident launches a vendetta against the artists, unleashing a blizzard of letters to city officials and newspapers. Simultaneously, the property owner of the mural site schemes to demolish it and construct the city’s largest luxury condo. Nonetheless, Desi and Pancho conclude the mural with great fanfare and a vibrant celebration. Three months later, news comes that another forthcoming condominium development will obscure the mural, which has become a source of neighborhood pride. Despite last-ditch opposition to the condominium, it receives city approval, effectively dooming the mural. Meanwhile, the city unveils its urban planning process for the downtown district. Ultimately displaced, the mural becomes a spark for the community to rally to protect cultural arts, and coalescing the community resistance to gentrification.
7:10 pm: Joint panel discussion/Q&A with Spencer Wilkinson, Director, Alice Street; Desi Mundo, Muralist, Film Subject, Alice Street; Pancho Peskador, Muralist, Film Subject, Alice Street; Brandon Gabriel, Multi-media Artist/Muralist, Council Member, Kwantlen First Nation; Teresa Alfeld, Director, Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map; Jean Swanson, Former Vancouver City Councillor, Housing and Anti-Poverty Activist, Film Subject, Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map.
Moderator: Michael Ma, Department of Criminology, KPU
Sunday February 26