I’m honored to be a collaborator on a year-long project with Anné M. Klint (previously of Tracy, now residing in Oakland) exploring the housing collapse in the San Joaquin Valley. Our project, Inhabit Your City – Voices of Tracy, opened on Saturday, June 8th with a premiere screening of Anné’s documentary HOME, and was followed by an Opening Reception for the feature exhibition, Fire Sale (Everything Must Go).
Over 250 patrons were part of the activities Saturday evening, and I offer and sincere “You’re most welcome!” to the dozens of participants and visitors who thanked us for bringing this project to life in Tracy, California.
The media seems to have left the proclaimed aftermath and ongoing effects of the recent and historic economic depression behind, while artists are finding ways to explore impact and forward needed discourse.
Anné has created an empathetic, respectful and direct way to document the real stories of the housing collapse, working with nearly 100 participates. Behind the statistics and market reports are the experiences of families who have redefined the concept of “home” and “the american dream.” This is important work that should seen, heard, shared and discussed in any community that was damaged in the wake of 2008.
Project: Inhabit Your City – Voices of Tracy
Exhibition & Events: Fire Sale & Gallery Talk
This project is made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by the generous grants from ArtPlace, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation. The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is the first organization in San Joaquin County to receive this prestigious recognition from The Creative Work Fund/ArtPlace.