2017 YBCA 100 Summit

Oct 28 2017
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Walk-up Tickets

We’re sorry — advance Summit tickets are no longer available. Walk-up ticketing lists for all sessions will be available at the YBCA Theater box office starting at 11:30AM on Saturday.

Please note: You will need to be physically present 15 minutes prior to the start time of the session you sign-up for in order to process your walk-up sale.

The Summit takes you on a provocative exploration of culture, politics, truth, and equity.

Through talks and performances, YBCA 100 honorees share the urgent questions that drive their work. In turn, we create space and time for YOU to respond to these questions and engage in dialogue with our honorees and each other. Not in the mood for conversation? Feel free to simply soak in the inspiration, knowledge, and energy of the day! Stay for the full day, or see the lineup for each session below.

What is the YBCA 100 list?
The YBCA 100 is an annual compilation of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that inspire us most. It celebrates the creative leaders and provocateurs who are using their platform to create cultural movement. See the full list of 2017 honorees.››

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Featuring talks and performances by fifteen YBCA 100 honorees, including:

Keynote Speaker

Jill Soloway

writer, director of Transparent and I Love Dick


Jose Antonio Vargas

journalist, filmmaker, CEO of Define American


Abdi Soltani

executive director of ACLU of Northern California


Lil Buck

dancer, choreographer


Saul Williams

poet, musician, actor


Lateefah Simon

President of Akonadi Foundation, Bart Board of Directors


Boots Riley

performer, producer, community organizer


Malkia Cyril

founder and executive director of Center for Media Justice


Zahra Noorbakhsh



Samora Pinderhughes

jazz pianist, composer


Staceyann Chin

spoken-word poet, LGBTQ activist

and more!

12:30–2:30PM, SESSION 1

Comedy by Zahra Noorbakhsh
Instigation by Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, CEO of Define American
Instigation by Malkia Cyril, founder and executive director of Center for Media Justice
Performance by Lil Buck
& Samora Pinderhughes

Moderator: Liz Lerman

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Performance by Staceyann Chin
*Just Added* Instigation by Boots Riley, filmmaker, producer, and lead vocalist of The Coup
Instigation by Lateefah Simon, activist and BART board president
Performance by Saul Williams & Samora Pinderhughes
Comedy by Zahra Noorbakhsh

Moderator: Liz Lerman

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*Please note: Joaquin Alvarado will no longer attend due to a schedule conflict.

5:30–7PM, SESSION 3


Keynote instigation by Jill Soloway, writer and director of Transparent and I Love Dick
Jill Soloway in conversation with Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director of YBCA and Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of ACLU Northern California
Performance by Lil Buck, Staceyann Chin, Samora Pinderhughes &
Saul Williams

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Don't get hungry! Food stands Rasoi, Noodle Girl, and Mixiotes will be on-site all day long!

By Session: $20 in advance / $25 at the door

Student, Senior, Teacher: $18 in advance / $23 at the door
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.

Full Day: $45 in advance / $50 at the door

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The YBCA 100 Summit


YBCA’s Engagement Programming is made possible by The James Irvine Foundation.

The Creative Ecosystem in 17-18 is supported by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lead Image: Drew Altzier