Brittney Valdez

The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions: supporting the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Launched in 2017 in honor of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the five-year, $8 million initiative awards 10 commissions annually in five performing arts disciplines. These artworks will bring communities together in the Bay Area and go on to inspire, engage, and challenge audiences across the country and around the world in years to come.

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Theater, Spoken Word & Musical Theater

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Brenda Wong Aoki
"J-Town, Chinatown, Our Town," a work about personal and community history in San Francisco.
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Rafael Casal
“The Limp,” a performance piece at the intersection of musical theater, spoken word, and hip hop.
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Marcus Gardley
California Shakespeare Theater
"A Thousand Ships," a play about the Richmond shipyard workers of WWII.
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Destiny Arts Center
"The Black (W)hole" an elegy for Oakland youth killed before they turned 30.
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Taylor Mac
Magic Theatre
"Calamity Joy," a play about the founder of Christian Science and the playwright's mother.
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Weyni Mengesha
Stanford Live
"Treemonisha," a reimagining of Scott Joplin's ahead-of-its-time opera.
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Michael “Quess?” Moore
“We, the 100 Million,” choreo-poems about inequity in the U.S.
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Salomón Santiago
Teatro Vision
“Alas y Raices (Wings and Roots),” a community-driven work about migration.
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Árpád Schilling
The Imaginists
"The Gun," a play exploring the role of guns and gun violence in American society.
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Karmina Šilec
“BABA,” a vocal theater work about the “sworn virgins" of the Balkan highlands.

Music Composition

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Michael Abels
Kronos Quartet
“At War With Ourselves” explores race relations in America
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Taylor Eigsti
Community School of Music and Arts
“Imagine Our Future,” a jazz piece crowdsourced from students
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Jake Heggie
Music at Kohl Mansion
“Violins of Hope Bay Area Project,” using historic instruments
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Laura Kaminsky
Opera Parallèle
“Today it Rains,” an opera inspired by the life of Georgia O’Keeffe
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Dohee Lee
Peralta Hacienda
“MU巫: 9 Goddesses,” a mythological performance ritual
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Jimmy López
Cal Performances at UC Berkeley
"Dreamers," on the U.S. immigrant experience
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Meredith Monk
Mills College
"Indra's Net," a soundscape connecting people with nature
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Huang Ruo
Del Sol String Quartet
“Angel Island Oratorio,” inspired by immigrant poetry
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DJ Spooky
The Internet Archive
“Quantopia,” an acoustic portrait of the Internet
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Miguel Zenón
“Golden City Suite,” rooted in San Francisco's communities

Dance & Movement-based Performance

Coming Soon

Folk & Traditional Arts

Coming 2020

Film & Media

Coming 2021

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