Since 1979 Joanna has been creating work that uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her stages have included grain terminals, a clock tower, the pope’s palace, military forts, and a mile of urban neighborhood streets in the South Bronx. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d'Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal/Alpert Award in Dance, the US Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Most recently, Haigood was a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Joanna has had the privilege to mentor many extraordinary young artists internationally at the National École des Arts du Cirque in France, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in England, Spelman College, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, the San Francisco Circus Center and at Zaccho Studio.
Mary Ellen Strom
Mary Ellen Strom's work has been exhibited in a wide range of contexts including large‐scale video projec ons onto industrial sites. Strom's individual installa ons and collabora ve projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the ICA Philadelphia, The Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Pompidou‐Metz, Paris, France , The Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, among others. She is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Director of their Museum of Fine Arts Program.
Walter Kitundu is a sound artist, installa on ar st, and inventor of original musical instruments that navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance. He also made hand‐built turntables that interact with the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. Kitundu's work has been exhibited and performed at such na onal and interna onal venues as the Singapore Science Centre, the Gunnar Gunnarsson Ins tute, Iceland; the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Cra and Folk Art, and the Aukland Arts Fes val in New Zealand. In 2008, Kitundu received the MacArthur Genius Award.
Bayview‐Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology
Bayview‐Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) is a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, empowers and employs young people from historically underserved Bay Area communi es in the digital media arts including: video produc on, music produc on, anima on, graphic and web design.
Halima Marshall was born in San Francisco and raised in Bayview Hunters Point. After graduating with a degree in communications from St. Mary’s College of California, she returned to SF and began her career in education, elevating the natural curiosity and excitement of learning for students. She worked as an elementary school teacher in
Visitacion Valley and spent nine years at Dr. Charles Drew Preparatory Academy in Bayview as an instructional
While her formal education is rooted in interpersonal communication, educational pedagogy and multicultural principles, her love for the arts anchors and centers her work with communities. Dance is a consistent art in Halima’s life.
She has been a principal dancer for Rara Tou Limen, a Haitian music, dance and culture company, for ten years. Her work with youth and arts led her to serve on the Board of Directors for Zaccho Dance Theater. As an educator, Halima facilitates learning experiences involving cultural responsiveness, personal voice, and reflection. She currently lives in Bayview Hunters Point with her husband and daughters.
Tyra Fennell is founding director of Imprint.City, an organization seeking to activate industrial, underutilized spaces with art projects, encouraging community and economic development.
Imprint.City produces BayviewLIVE, the only urban arts and music festival in San Francisco that also provides technology education resources to address the digital divide.
Prior to launching Imprint.City, Tyra Fennell spent over five years developing and implementing programs for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also credited for starting then SF49ers Vernon Davis' Visual Arts Scholarship Fund, now the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts and 3rd on Third, an activation which continues to occur every third Friday in Bayview.
Tyra currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and Bayview Community Legal. She is also a resident of the Bayview Hunters Point and a Howard University graduate.
Sean Riley is a master rigger, engineering enthusiast and set designer with an expertise in suspension and load transfer involving large masses and difficult access. He has risen to the height of his field through creating functional and architecturally sound installations. Riley is the founder and principal rigging designer for Gravity Design Inc., a company based in San Francisco, CA, that provides innovative rigging and force management solutions for a wide variety of clients all over the world — from circus acts to industrial installations. He is always hands-on (welding, constructing, wiring), and though he is no stranger to high-risk responsibility, he has a flawless safety record. His passion for mechanics is matched only by his passion for extreme adventure. He drives heavy machinery, jumps off bridges, rock climbs and is a back-country solo survivalist. Riley studied theatre arts at University of California Santa Cruz and has taught college-level theatrical design.
Mr. Carpenter designs lighting and scenery for Dance, Music, Theater, and Museum Exhibits and consults on permanent installations. His work can be seen with the Bishop Museum, Oakland Museum, Exploratorium, SF Ballet, SF Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Joe Goode Performance Group, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and Project Bandaloop. Notable productions for Mr. Carpenter include, the world premiere of Angels In America, for the Eureka Theater Company, Ghost Architecture, Picture: Powderhorn, Invisible Wings and Departure and Arrival for Zaccho Dance Theatre, Bound(less), for Project Bandaloop, Beauty Queen of Leenane for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Traveling Light, and Rambler, for Joe Goode Performance Group, Concerto Romantique for San Francisco Ballet, and MLADA for SF Symphony. Mr. Carpenter was recently appointed lighting design lecturer at UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and has received four Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, and five Isadora Duncan Awards.