Exhibition Events

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Meet Your Maker: A mini festival of Bay Area cultural innovators
Presented by the David Brower Center
Saturday, July 19
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free - RSVP and Learn More

For one afternoon, the David Brower Center will present Meet Your Maker, a celebration of the Bay Area’s alternative economies. Featuring Treasure Island Flea’s artisans, Institute of Urban Homesteading’s radical educators, Urban Ore’s scavengers, and Bay Area Community Exchange’s (BACE) timebankers, Meet Your Maker allows visitors to experience the breadth and depth of locally-generated, more sustainable alternatives to standard commercial production.

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Trashed / Plastic Bag Film Screening
Reel to Real  Film Series
Presented by the David Brower Center
Thursday, August 27
8:00 pm
$5 General Admission/ Students free with I.D. - RSVP

UK filmmaker Candida Brady's documentary Trashed looks at the growing global crisis of trash, highlighting how human health and the environment are threatened by the pollution from burning and discarding waste. 

The evening will also feature a special screening of Ramni Bahrani's short film, Plastic Bag, featuring Werner Herzog.

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Past Events...

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 22
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Free - RSVP

The launch of the exhibition will include a free public reception to introduce the artists featured in the show.  Sara Kraft will present an interactive mobile performance-installation in a car outside the gallery, as part of her new project about the rideshare industry.  Rob Reich of the acclaimed Bay Area band Gaucho and a special guest will treat the crowd to live music in the gallery.

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Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy
Presented by Voice of Witness in partnership with the David Brower Center and IDEX
Monday, June 2
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - RSVP

The Brower Center is partnering with Voice of Witness, a local organization working to illuminate human rights crises through oral history, to present a book launch and discussion on the state of labor in the global economy.  Voice of Witness editor Corinne Goria will share the stage with Berit Ashla, the Executive Director of the David Brower Center, and the Invisible Hands narrator Bere Suanu Kingston, who will share stories and answer questions about his experiences with Shell Oil Company in his village in Nigeria.

Voice of Witness is a nonprofit organization that uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises in the U.S. and around the world. It publishes a book series which depicts these injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them. The Voice of Witness Education Program brings these stories, and the issues they reflect, into high schools and impacted communities through oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support. Voice of Witness was founded by author Dave Eggers and physician/human rights scholar Lola Vollen.

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Reimagining Progress: The Power of Word Reading
Presented by Acentos West, in partnership with the David Brower Center, Impact Hub Berkeley, and Climate Earth
Sunday, June 29
5:30 pm
Free - RSVP

All unclaimed tickets will be released at 5:20pm the day of the event. Rush tickets may be available at the door

The Brower Center and Acentos West will host an evening full of poetry, music, art, and inspiration.  Fourteen acclaimed poets from across the U.S. will read their work addressing environmental health, social justice, and the notion of progress. They include Jason BayaniLorna Dee CervantesPaul FloresSandra Garcia RiveraJosh HealeyJavier O. HuertaDenise JollyRaina J. LeónKatelyn LucasWillie PerdomoPatricia SmithSonya Renee Taylor, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Alex Ustach. Music will be provided by DJ Dion Decibels and the Erik Jekabson Quartet, and Charles Ekabumi Ellik will showcase his recent artwork. Complimentary bites will be provided by The Mixing Bowl.

Founded in spring 2003, Acentos is a community-based organization fostering audiences for Latino/a literature through the discussion, promotion, teaching, performance, and publication of work by Latina and Latino writers. In its various incarnations, it has been a reading series (Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase), a foundation (The Acentos Foundation), an online journal (The Acentos Review), and a poetry workshop (The Acentos Workshops).