Artist as Problem Solver: Artists and Cultural Workers as Civic Leaders

We spoke at The Joyce Foundation's summit in Cleveland last week, navigating equitable communities, economic mobility, spatial justice, and collective civic imagination.
Institutions in gentrifying communities of Chicago. Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis-St. Paul were invited to take part in the sharing of observations and strategies.

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask [Martinique] 


Filmmakers Isaac Julien and Mark Nash join us In SF and OAK for screenings on Fanon–the pre-eminent theorist of anti-colonial movements who pioneered studies of the psychological impact of racism on the colonized and the colonizer. 

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Mississippi Masala [India] 


Passion. Tradition. Mix it up. Our Nomadic Cinema series continues with a (sold out) dinner, a screening of Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala, and Tropitaal Desi Latino Soundclash! The program documents the cultural resilience of the South Asian and African diasporas.

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Mdou Moctar [Niger] 


NPR called it, "the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century." Mdou Moctar returns following two sold-out shows with us in previous years. The program pairs a desert blues performance with a screening of the Sahara remake of Prince's Purple Rain. 

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LISTEN: DJ Anjali for Tropitaal

Music for the Commute Home

Portland's DJ Anjali is the co-founder of the longest-running Desi dance party in the diaspora. We commissioned a new mix in advance of her returning for Tropitaal, an epic pairing of South Asian and Caribbean sounds. We've thrown a lot of parties; DJ Anjali's are some of the very best. 

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Presenting The Nomadic Cinema
MATATU presents The Nomadic Cinema as a curated activation with our partners Red Bay Coffee, one of the nation's quickest growing specialty coffee roasters. By bringing beautiful stories and beautiful coffee to the people, these precious resources underscore our shared purpose of bringing people together across the globe. If you're with us then you already know, and if you're not, we hope you'll hop on soon.

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As an institution, MATATU is fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, established in 1965 and the oldest alternative non-profit art space in San Francisco, California. 

MATATU was founded as a cultural experience vehicle in 2013. Mimicking rural share taxis as a mode of publicly accessible transportation, our programs shuttle local communities and global diasporas from one arthouse experience to the next. The platform engages in a public inquiry around the role of the African Diaspora in a contemporary urban American context, asking, “How does an Afro-Future actually materialize without some intentional framing by creative citizens from around the Diaspora,” and “Where are the occasions to envision strategies for health in post-colonial Black culture?”

Our year-round programming builds momentum towards a fall festival, which brings together two thousand visitors each year.
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