Working at the intersection of culture, social change and public life, Potter has designed multiple initiatives from pilot to scale as a program manager specializing in performance and pedagogy. These public programs, focused on engagement and inquiry, illuminate the impact of a multi-sensual practice, which employs a variety of dialogic formats to include not only the verbal and linguistic, but also the somatic social, the commensual, the embodied and reflective listening as part of a nuanced facilitation.
How do the cultural site and participation of artists distinctly affect the nature and output of inquiry-based research and public dialogue? A call and response process entails alternate ways of creating exchange, forming a variety of deliberative modes which go beyond words. These programs encourage improvisation, curiosity, presence and vulnerability.
YBCA Fellows + the Public Square
The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area - artists and everyday people alike - to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation.
In TrendsWatch 2015 I cite YBCA:You as an example of personalized museum services, one which integrates individualized curricula into a membership-based community engagement program...This week, Julie Potter, Creative Ecosystems Senior Program Manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, shares more details about this program, now in its third year...
Smart Night Out
Emerging from Dance Savvy, an Engaging Dance Audiences project designed to determine if a critical pedagogy successful in visual arts can be adapted to inform and educate audiences about dance, Smart Night Out is an immersive program that is part workshop, part happy-hour date, and part backstage sneak peek.