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Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz

June 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

Alchemy of the Reset with Natalie G. Diaz

Alchemy of the Reset is a conversation series hosted and created by Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman and YBCA Chief of Program Meklit Hadero. The Senior Fellows program centers interdisciplinary artists and curators who are interested in developing systems and structures that catalyze artist-driven change as leaders in our organization and in the life of our community.

In the wake of current social crises, including both COVID and ongoing racist police violence, our society must do the work to leap forward, to transform. Already, we are seeing glimmers of this. Over several weeks, Cook, Lerman and Hadero will be dialoguing with thought leaders, including artists, scientists, educators and more whose work points us to some of these new systems. In line with the characteristic community building backgrounds of Cook and Lerman, this is about a heart and human centered approach, with opportunities for audience connectivity and engagement.


Natalie G. Diaz

Natalie DiazNatalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at Arizona State University. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.


Brett Cook YBCA 100Brett Cook is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who uses creative practices to transform outer and inner worlds of being. His public projects often involve community workshops featuring arts-integrated pedagogy along with contemplative practices, performance, and food to create a fluid boundary between art making, daily life, and healing.

Teaching and public speaking are extensions of Cook’s social practice that involve communities in dialogue to generate experiences of reflection and insight. He has taught at all academic levels in a variety of subjects, and published in academic journals at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Columbia and Harvard Universities. In 2009, he published Who Am I In This Picture: Amherst College Portraits with Brett Cook and Wendy Ewald through Amherst College Press.

Cook has received numerous awards, including the Lehman Brady Visiting Professorship at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recognized for a history of socially relevant, community engaged projects, he was selected as a cultural ambassador to Nigeria as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2012 smARTpower Initiative and an inaugural A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art in 2014. Cook’s work has been featured in private and public collections including the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery, the Walker Art Center, and Harvard University.


June 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
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