Adrienne Skye Roberts works in the crossroads of art, education, and social justice organizing. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the descendant of Eastern European Jewish immigrants imprisoned during the McCarthy Era for their political beliefs. Her work focuses on the radical potential of storytelling to shift politics and to transform our understanding of ourselves and our communities. Her current creative and political projects are in resistance to the prison industrial complex and in collaboration of those most directly impacted by incarceration.
Adrienne’s background as an organizer is in housing rights, reproductive justice, and feminist, youth organizing. She is a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP), a grassroots prison abolition organization that provides support and advocacy for women and transgender people in California state prisons. Adrienne is a founding member of Fired Up!, a self-empowerment collective building from both inside and outside San Francisco’s county jail.
As an educator she will forever be developing and implementing an anti-oppression, feminist, queer art curricula that challenges the false divide between cultural work and politics. She believes that art classrooms are fertile for grounds developing self-awareness, collectivity, and liberation politics. Adrienne has taught at UC Santa Cruz, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Asian Art Museum.
Adrienne’s past curatorial projects include the radical queer film and photography exhibition, “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” at SFCamerawork (2010), “Home is something I carry with me,” an exhibition and film screening addressing the housing crisis and funded by Southern Exposure (2009), “For Lovers and Fighters” at The Spare Room Project (2009) and “Sweet and Matchless” (2009) and “Between Memory and Invention” (2008) at PLAySPACE Gallery.
Adrienne writes for the Culture section of the online political forum, Organizing Upgrade. Her writing is published on SF MOMA’s Open Space, Art Practical, The Rumpus, and Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion. She was an artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Art Hotel (2011) and Elsewhere Collaborative in Greensboro, North Carolina (2009). She has a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and a BA in Feminist Studies and Studio Art from the UC Santa Cruz.
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