A Vision for America: Artists on Leadership & Creative Imagination
Artist Constance Hockaday continues the conversation from her latest project Artists-in-Presidents in a discussion with singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero and Daniel Alexander Jones as they address the role of empathy, transformative leadership, and the presidency.
Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and her fiery, emotive live shows, Meklit has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base), to New York, London, DC, Montreal, Nairobi, Chicago, LA, Arusha, Rome, Zurich, Rio Di Janeiro, Seattle, Cairo, and more. She currently serves as Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Daniel Alexander Jones exemplifies the artist as energy worker. His wildflower body of original work includes plays, performance pieces, recorded music, concerts, music theatre events, essays, and long-form improvisations. Energy is his true medium. He creates multi-dimensional experiences where bodies, minds, emotions, voices, and spirits conjoin, shimmer, and heal. Daniel aims to return us in full to ourselves and one another.
Constance Hockaday is a queer Chilean-American from the US/Mexico Border. She is a director and visual artist who creates immersive social sculptures on urban waterways. In 2001, she began making work with the Floating Neutrinos, a family of psycho-spiritual wanderers who sailed around the world in handmade vessels. She has collaborated with Swoon’s Swimming Cities projects, sailing floating sculptures along the Hudson, Mississippi, and the Adriatic Sea (2006-09). In 2011, she created the Boatel, a floating art hotel in NYC’s Far Rockaways made of refurbished salvaged boats—an effort to reconnect New Yorkers to their waterfront. The New York Times described her 2014 piece All These Darlings and Now Us—as a “powerful commentary on the forces of technification and gentrification roiling San Francisco.” Hockaday holds an MFA in Social Practice and MA in Conflict Resolution. She is also a Senior TED Fellow and an artist in residence at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance.
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