In Diaspora: ID For the New Majority

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On Saturday October 5th 2013 the San Francisco International Arts Festival in collaboration with Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP), Galeria de la Raza and Red Poppy Art House will launch a prototype of a new performance series titled: IN DIASPORA: I.D. for the New Majority.

I.D. is a program dedicated to highlighting the work of Bay Area artists and the thoughts and ideas of community leaders, activists and members of the public whose voices and opinions represent a new emerging American majority demographic.From a socio-political perspective the United States is entering a transcendent period of its history. In the 1988 U.S. Presidential Election George H.W. Bush, the Republican candidate, secured 59% of the white vote and won the election. In 2012 Mitt Romney also secured 59% of the white vote…and lost. The significance and implications of these anecdotal numbers are fundamental to the country’s future. Over the last quarter of a century the profile of the average American voter has become vastly different. It has led to a sea-change in the political discourse of the United States with Republican Senators playing a leading role in the debate to legalize 11 million undocumented people—ostensibly to prove that the Republican Party is not anti-immigrant.

This demographic change is already occurring (or has occurred) in several places including the Bay Area and will break over most of the rest of the country in the coming two decades. The question is what will the new majority want the country to be? And is their world view, and the position of the United States within it, any different and/or more enlightened than that of the old majority? With I.D. SFIAF plans to present, document and distribute the range of opinions representing the new majority from a Bay Area perspective as a precursor to the coming national socio-political discourse over the country’s multicultural future.

This first manifestation of I.D. will take place as part of the next MAPP on Saturday October 5. I.D. performances will take place throughout the evening in many of the multiple venues that comprise the MAPP program.

The evening will begin at Galeria de la Raza where local radio journalist Chelis Lopez will interview San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member for District Nine, David Campos in regards to his thoughts and opinions on the future of the United States given the emerging electorate.

chelis-y-david.pngRadio Journalist Chelis Lopez (pictured left) and Supervisor David Campos

Following the interview, which will be recorded on video, members of the public will also be interviewed on camera by Ms. Lopez and a team of journalists.The whole evening (Campos interview, audience interviews and I.D. performances) will be recorded and edited into a half hour television program that will be broadcast on Community Channel 29.

All events are free. However, we are taking RSVP’s for the interview with Supervisor David Campos and from members of the public who want to be interviewed. Members of the public wishing to be interviewed must also RSVP for the Campos presentation as the questions you will be asked may refer in part to questions posed to Supervisor Campos as this will help provide some context for your on-camera interaction.

If you are interested in participating as a performance artist in the prototype production in October—or in subsequent I.D. presentations in 2014—please get in touch with SFIAF director Andrew Wood at 415-399-9554 or send an e-mail to andrew@sfiaf.org.