"Youth," according to Oscar Wilde, "is wasted on the young." While this old adage remains today, it is this panel's contention that, with proper nurture, youth has the potential to be a powerful force. Youth is, after all, a vast global neighborhood replete with its own government, social networks, and modes of learning. Youth's problems emerge from the unstoppable shadow of the world it enters. Youth as Untapped Capital is the subject of this panel, where mentors and innovators discuss the incredible capacity of today's youth as innovators for change.
Naomi Hirabayashi, CMO, DoSomething.org
Barry McGee, Painter / Sculptor
Carlos Motta, Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Ellin O'Leary, CCO and Chief Content Officer, Youth Radio
Moderator: Dennis Scholl, Vice President of Arts, Knight Foundation
Naomi Hirabayashi is the CMO at DoSomething.org, the largest organization dedicated to teens and social change. Among other things, she oversees the organization’s strategic marketing partnerships for their national cause campaigns.
Barry McGee has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries. His work is the subject of a mid-career survey that debuted at Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive and opened at the ICA Boston in April 2013.
Carlos Motta’s multidisciplinary art draws upon political history to create counter narratives that include suppressed histories, communities, and identities. Motta’s work has been presented at venues such as Tate Modern, London, the New Museum, the Guggenheim, and MoMA P.S.1, New York.
Ellin O’Leary started Youth Radio with a group of Bay Area high school students in 1992 to tell the stories behind gang wars in local urban neighborhoods. Through Youth Radio programs, underserved young people work with industry professionals during after-school hours to learn broadcasting basics and produce their own radio programming.
Dennis Scholl is the Vice President of Arts for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture. He is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of international museums.