DaveYoungKIm

Dave Young Kim, visual artist and muralist

Dave is the lead artist for the Webster Gateway Mural.  

What is your inspiration?

I'm inspired by my kids and the way things resonate with people when they see my work. It feels like there's common ground there, a shared value and history.

Can you describe a pivotal moment that defined your artistic career?

I think going the graduate school at Mills College where I got my MFA in Studio Art really helped me clarify what I wanted to make work about. Having the ability to creatively output but without knowing what I wanted to make was a challenge. When it became clear I could start focusing and became much more efficient in my artistic practice.

What makes you passionate about what you do?

There are a few factors that make me passionate about the work but the strongest of the bunch would probably be curiosity or maybe even nostalgia, this longing for a home that I've only known through my family. This desire to understand what brought me here to this country and where I truly come from, Korea.

What are your future goals related to art?

A dream of mine right now is to make murals in Koreatown. Having been born and raised in L.A. there used to be tons of culturally based murals that I grew up with and visually influenced me. Now, none of the original murals exist nor are there any since that reflects the community the way those murals once did. So I'd like to do a few prominent murals there.
 

GeneKahane

Gene Kahane, poet, director, educator

Gene is Directing "Sylvia" on the Healing Garden stage in September.  All proceeds go to the Alameda Foodbank.

What is your inspiration?


The sweet and hard friction of life- how we try so hard to be good, do right, thrive and love, how we fail, endure, revive ourselves and go at it again.

Can you describe a pivotal moment that defined your artistic career?


For reasons that are still fuzzy for me, in 1994 I got on a plane and flew to NYC to see Angels in America. I sat in the theater for 7 hours and was pulled into the stories of people like me, but unlike me, with such force and love. It was a mirror/window experience for me, as all great art can be, for I was able to connect and learn from their lives and struggles. It was the single greatest artistic transformative experience of my life.

What makes you passionate about what you do?


I was read to as a child, then taught, read to my own kids, which morphed into acting and directing, so language and passion and exploring humanity, myself, the nutty world, and beauty, always beauty.

What are your future goals related to art? 



I hope, deeply hope, to make The Food Bank Players, into a theater project that does two things powerfully and beautifully- to tell great stories with great actors, and in so doing to help those who are in need of the most basic of all needs, to not be hungry, to have enough to eat.

What are you most excited about coming out of the pandemic?


To have the chance to be amongst others, to create community, to see performers, to perform, to share stories and celebrate ourselves and how art can teach and heal and inspire and make us honest and better people.

Slimtim

Tim Mcclain SLIMTIM, breakdancer

Tim is the organizer of the Back to School Hip-Hop event at the Healing Garden in August  

What is your inspiration?

My biggest inspiration for dance is the community. I’ve gained so many friends over the years who encourage, and support me outside of just dancing. Celebrating with each other for over 10 years had made them my family.

Can you describe a pivotal moment that defined your artistic career?


The biggest turning point in my career was when I became a teacher, and was able to work with students to create performances. It showed me I can inspire others as well .
 

TaraPilbrow

Tara Pilbrow, dance artist, choreographer

Tara Pilbrow Dance recently presented their latest work Breathe as part of the Healing Garden Summer Series.ebster Gateway Mural.  

Can you describe a pivotal moment that defined your artistic career?


So many small things have given me the confidence to continue dancing:  a few words of encouragement from a dance artist I admire, the incredible of feeling in connecting to an audience on stage, hearing people talk about how my work moved them, or realizing that my dancers look to me for inspiration. Each one is like a building block, and when you look back you suddenly realize that there is a whole building behind you to support you!

What makes you passionate about what you do?



There are a few names I can type into You Tube and know that just watching their work will reaffirm my passion for dance… Crystal Pite, Maresa Von Stockert, Lukas McFarlane, Mats Ek… to name a few. Watching their work brings tears to my eyes and gives sense to life.

What are your future goals related to art? 


To be able to dedicate more time to creation, to see my work reach a wider audience, to continue to make work I feel proud of.