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Intrinsic Value: Art Celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area BIPOC Community

This series promotes and celebrates the voices of Bay Area BIPOC artists. We believe art, intrinsically, has the capacity to heal. Health professionals and artists alike are engaged in healing, but that connection is often lost. We want to foster this connection by providing a collaborative community arts space to bridge the gap between the medical community and some of the Bay Area’s incredible artists.

Who are we?

We are a group of UCSF medical students, faculty, librarians, and San Francisco Bay Area artists that came together to create an arts series out of the love and desire to connect our university with the broader arts community.

  • Aude Bouagnon, PhD
  • Antoine Hunter
  • Polina Ilieva, PhD
  • Joey Lew, MFA
  • Sarah McClung, MS
  • Aimee Medeiros, PhD
  • Chinaza Ochi
  • Julius Rea
  • Ashley Smiley, MA
  • Patricia Zamora
  • Connie Zhou


 The theme of this series is unlikely connections

We hope that applicants will question the meaning of connection and explore the concept of unlikely. Artists will be able to present meditations on mysterious or deep connections while showcasing unique interpretations of the theme. 

The Events

The series will take place on Zoom and is comprised of four different events during the spring of 2021.


March 15 from 6-7:30 pm

De’Ana Brownfield and Nicole Godreau Soria

April 6 from 5-6:30 pm

Eki Shoka and Farah Hamade

April 26 from 6-7:30 pm

Rashad Pridgen

May 17 from 6-7:30 pm

This series is funded by “Human Conditions: UC Humanities Initiative,” Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) award. Grant ID #MRP-19-600791.