Anyka Barber is founder, director and curator of Betti Ono gallery in Oakland, California.
We reached out to Anyka in response to Betti Ono’s fundraiser to power arts, culture, and community resilience. Contribute at https://bettiono.com/donate/.
Betti Ono is an experimentally minded space for art + culture + community. They are 100% Black women led and operated, dedicated to amplifying the work and voices of under-represented artists. Their vision and creative practice embody the bold, curious and unapologetic spirit of the gallery’s name-sakes Betti Mabry Davis and Yoko Ono. At Betti Ono, making art is a function of activism, community transformation, and cultural resilience.
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Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, curator and entrepreneur. In 2010 Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and center for arts, culture, and community committed to the cultural, social, political and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has curated and produced more than 60 exhibitions and public programs, as well as designed and integrated art, enterprise and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She was most recently Director of Engagement and the Center for Audience and Civic Engagement at the Oakland Museum leading the museum’s signature education and public programs teams. She was Program Officer and Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color and bring greater racial and economic equity to the region.
Behind the scene, Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015 and Betti Ono was nominated and voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past five consecutive years 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 by East Bay Express.
Music Credits for this episode:
Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Contribute to Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland:
Visit the gallery @ 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
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Bio: William Padilla-Brown is a certified permaculture designer taking a multidisciplinary approach to designing models of living systems that can be utilized to replace the anti-biotic (against-life) systems that our societies have provided us. He educates locals, and travels teaching workshops on Mushrooms, Spirulina, Insects, Information Technology and Permaculture. He runs a micro/molecular biology lab out of his home, and experiments with applicable models for food, medicine, and energy production.
The title of this episode comes from a quote by him: “Homeostasis will only be achieved via Symbiosis with local Systems.”
William is a stellar creator and citizen scientist, changing people’s lives with the way he educates people to grow nutritious foods and create economic and arts sovereignty. Here we talk about cultivating mushrooms, music and art, neighborhood permaculture, and some fun stories about William’s journey with entheogens.
My favorite quote from this episode: “yeah I teach a class called microherding invertebrates.” One of the insects he has been working with eats styrofoam. I can’t stop thinking about larvae that eat styrofoam ever since listening to this!
And last but not least, William’s recent album Beautiful Chæos is absolutely incredible. If you don’t have enough psychedelic rap in your life, get this.
This interview is a super inspiring conversation with one of the artistic, community oriented, entrepreneurial people that seem to pop up through Bloom Network all over the world. I learned of William’s work through Mushroom City Art Festival, a yearly family festival about the mushroom kingdom produced by Bloom Baltimore leader Robin Gunkel.
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Mycosymbiotics Festival in Harrisburg, PA, August 2-4 2019: http://mycofest.net
Books, cultures, cordyceps by William: https://www.mycoshop.net/
Follow William Padilla-Brown’s Instagram for gorgeous fungi photos and permaculture amazingness: @mycosymbiote
Become a Patron on Patreon for rad perks: https://www.patreon.com/PositiveFuture
And find his music as It’s Cosmic on Apple Music and Soundcloud.
Artists William mentioned in this episode include:
Wes Period – http://www.wesperiod.com @wesperiodsteven
Steven Michael Hass – visuals @stephenmichaelhaas on Instagram and music as Flower Garden on Bandcamp
Mushroom trading cards – @sporestash on Instagram – FYI the US states of California, Oregon, and Idaho have legal restrictions that prohibit the sale of some kinds of spores, so look that up first if you live there.
Mush love, happy growing and arting!
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Music Credits for this episode:
Intro: Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Outro: Xylem by It’s Cosmic
In this episode we interview Joshua Fields about Consciousness Hacking’s upcoming conference: Awakened Futures Summit, May 18-19 2019 in San Francisco. It addresses the intersection of psychedelics, technology and meditation.
Bloom Network is a community partner for this conference, and we’d love to learn with you there! Tickets and full speakers lineup are here. It’s going to be fascinating.
Bio: Joshua is a graduate student in Philosophy and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and in a previous life, an Oxford economist, Morgan Stanley analyst and Scottish amateur boxer. After a series of transformational personal events, he turned his focus away from finance and has since dedicated his life to understanding the ideas and techniques that lead to human flourishing.
Lastly, as this interview gets into the heavy topic of the collapse of civilization, we recommend listeners also tune into America Adapts, a podcast all about the kinds of adaption different communities are doing to deal with climate change and its interconnected pressures and causes. This episode gives an introduction to several related podcasts anchored in different countries.
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