Voices of the Community

A weekly Society, Culture and Arts podcast featuring George Koster
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For all of us remembering that the performing arts is kind of like the town square, that everyone comes to better understand their humanity, whether it's through music or dance performance, to interpret the world as it is. And as they want it t
“I feel like George has brought together the pieces of a puzzle of equity with people, your organizations are approaching it from the arts, and from hygiene and literacy, it's just, lovely to see these different nonprofits surviving in this ver
"The Tiny Homes project was going on during the Trump administration and and during and COVID and, it was really a means of people, expressing and keeping hope alive at a time when they were not feeling so much hope" - SallyIn this episode the
"We want to expand the artists footprint and not just preserve what we have, but create more studio space for artists and make this the place where the creative people of San Francisco can thrive and afford to be" - Barbara In this episode our
"I think there's a big learning about like the fragility and humanity and all our interactions. Right. And recognizing that we all belong to each other" - NilsIn this episode we wanted feature the voice of a legacy social service organization t
"As the San Francisco Bay Area experienced its rapid changes as the population exploded. And in some ways, even as a diversity in the bay area exploded the folks who you didn't see, in those new faces, those new careers, those new ways of being
"I think we all realize from the pandemic we all belong. We all matter. Human connection is very important and we all have to look out for each other"- Mahogany RolandIn this episode our featured voice is the Executive Director of Rebuilding To
For folks out on the streets, those who were not lucky enough to get a Shelter In Place hotel room. It's been very, very brutal, not having access to water. A lot of the food sources were cut off not being able to use bathrooms in cafes, et cet
I think sometimes people make the assumption that if someone is unhoused, there's nothing in common with someone who's housed. And that's a real misnomer because I feel like we're all, ultimately one paycheck away from being unhoused - Jen RoyI
“These are people often who are experiencing homelessness, who use the ICU as a waiting room”- Kevin AdlerIn this episode our featured voices are the Founder and CEO of Miracle Messages Kevin Adler and the Director of Community Engagement with
“We've definitely been listening to the needs of artists and artists of color not only opening ourselves up as a venue for them, but also making sure that we're helping them be successful out in the grand world”- AshleyIn this episode, our feat
“It's for the community. We're trying to serve the community. We all live here. You know, how are we going to serve our community going forward?” - Greg In this episode, our featured voice is the president of the San Francisco Radio Club Greg A
“I think just due to pervasive sexism, racism, classism in our society, the needs of under-resourced women of color are often overlooked”- Anu MenonIn this episode, our featured voice is the Executive Director of Oasis for Girls Anu, Menon who
“Really there's nothing that's going to stop the revolving door of clients that have very severe psychiatric conditions, periodically because these are chronic conditions where people do have relapses from time to time” - JenniferIn this episod
"When the private equity money comes in, that's when unfortunately you see the human equity and the cultural equity and the racial equity tends to disappear. Suddenly it's equitable only for the people that have brought the billions of dollars
"Our families are still facing a collective total of about a million dollars in back rent, which is profoundly stressful” – Mary Kate BacalaoOur featured voice in this episode is the Director of External Affairs & Policy of Compass Family Servi
“My joy is seeing the families as they first walked through the door and that support that they feel and that relief that they feel that, finally they have a place that for now they can call home until their real next home is achieved”- Marc Sl
"We made the commitment that even with an expected deficit, we want to give this  gift to the city.  It's so necessary for the community to come back together" - Ilan VasconcelosIn this episode we feature the voice of the Director of Developmen
"There's become a recognition again, internally that artists are seeing themselves as laborers and essential workers and that it is okay to proclaim that doesn't take away of the integrity of your work and your creation" - Julie BakerIn this ep
"So we see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm trying not to use the word pivot anymore. I feel like I've pivoted so many times that I'm just pivoting in a big circle right now" - Tracey SylvesterWelcome to our one-hour special panel discus
"We do whatever it takes to strengthen and advocate for children, families, and adults to realize their hopes, behavior, health, and well being"- Faith JacksonIn this episode, our featured voice is the Transitional Housing Program Supervisor of
We talk about all the pollution and all the issues that surround the Bayview and all the history such as the shipyard and all the changes in land  that has happened in the Southeast - Alex VelascoIn this episode our featured voices are Executiv
You don’t need a building to provide library services to your community - JayantiIn this episode our featured voices are the founder of Common Knowledge Susan Stuart Clark, the Director of Library Services, of the Hayward Public Library Jayanti
“How you get an entire sector back on its feet after 18 months of closure is really difficult and we're going to need support for years”-Brad EricksonIn this episode our featured voice is the Executive Director of Theater Bay Area, Brad Erickso
"Our mantras for the whole course of the pandemic has been trying to get as many resources to nonprofits as possible"-Lucy Salcido CarterIn this episode our featured voices are Public Policy Director Lucy Salcido Carter and Christina Dragonetti
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