Shane has been involved with social change nonprofit programs in art, education, and human rights in SF, NY, and Paris. Extrapolating from these experiences, she recently completed a book entitled “Repose”, set in a world where dance is a social movement. Before developing the Advisory Council at Destiny, Shane was a Destiny Arts Center Board member.
Juana Alicia is a muralist, printmaker, educator and activist who incorporates issues of social justice, human rights and environmental health into her art. Her public works can be seen throughout the country—from the San Francisco International Airport to the United Electrical and Machine Workers Union Hall in Erie, Pennsylvania. Grade Schools, universities and community centers are adorned with her vibrant murals and her works have hung in art museums and galleries nationwide.
Marc-Bamuthi Joseph is among an emerging class of hip hop theater artists, who has successfully captured the politicism, volatility and intimacy of the spoken word genre and brought it seamlessly to the theatrical stage. Bamuthi has been San Francisco’s Poetry Grand Slam winner twice: he won the 1999 National Poetry Slam with Team San Francisco, and he founded and continues to host “Second Sundays,” the nation’s largest ongoing monthly spoken word gathering. His first solo evening-length work, “word becomes flesh,” has been commissioned by the National Performance Network, La Peña and the New World Theater. Bamuthi is a former Destiny Board member.
A distinguished actor of the stage and screen, Danny Glover is known for his work in both Hollywood blockbusters and serious dramatic films. A native of San Francisco, Glover attended San Francisco State and received his dramatic training at the American Conservatory Theatre’s Black Actors’ Workshop. In 1997 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from San Francisco State University. He has also won five NAACP awards for his achievements as an actor of color. Glover is very involved in social and political activism. Currently serving as board chair of the TransAfrica Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to focusing on conditions of people in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Claire Greensfelder has been engaged in environmental, peace and justice activism for 35 years. Claire works primarily in the policy areas of ecological sustainability, safe energy, non-violent resolution of conflict, youth development, nuclear policy, international security and cross-cultural communication through the arts. She also works as a campaign, fundraising and media consultant to grassroots, electoral and international advocacy campaigns. Claire was Co-Chair of Peace Activists for Jesse Jackson in California in 1988, when she was elected to the Democratic National Platform Committee.
Rennie Harris is the artistic director of Rennie Harris Puremovement, a brilliant and critically-acclaimed hip-hop dance company that blends hip-hop poetry, rap music and movement with traditional African dance. Harris is a hip-hop pioneer, bridging the usually disparate worlds of street and theater, self-empowerment and artistic inspiration. Harris uses hip-hop to express universal themes that extend beyond the boundaries of racial, religious and economic elitism while acknowledging its roots in inner city African and Latino American communities. The Philadelphia Citypaper says, “If Rennie Harris Puremovement were any hotter, it would incinerate before your eyes.”
David McCauley was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is currently the Director of Berkeley/Oakland Ailey Camp, a free 6-week summer dance camp that provides a chance for at-risk kids to learn critical life skills through the art of dance. The camp integrates serious dance training with personal development for middle school kids ages 11-14, and it’s multi-disciplinary approach gives students an opportunity to learn how creative expression can help them explore their own identities, hopes and dreams.
Alice Walker is a world-renowned author, speaker, and activist. Among her numerous awards and honors are a 1983 Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple, the Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts & Letters, a nomination for the National Book Award, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a Merrill Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Front Page Award for Best Magazine Criticism from the Newswoman’s Club of New York. She also has received the Townsend Prize and a Lyndhurst Prize.
William Wong, author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America, grew up in Oakland, California’s Chinatown during the 1940s and 1950s, then went on to a distinguished career as a journalist and writer. He has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, Asian Week, Salon.com, and other news outlets. Once a regional commentator on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting System, Bill is often heard on other national and local radio and television public affairs shows. He has taught journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Dominican College, San Rafael, and Asian American Studies at San Francisco State.
Neil Young is one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers. In a career that extends back to his mid-Sixties roots as a coffeehouse folkie in his native Canada, this principled and unpredictable maverick has pursued an often winding course across the rock and roll landscape. He’s been a cult hero, a chart-topping rock star, and all things in-between, remaining true to his restless muse all the while. Young has recorded and toured tirelessly for over 30 years, releasing over 35 albums during that time.