Be|Art|Now: Earl Lectures 2015

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Be|Art|Now
Earl Lectures 2015

Thursday-Saturday, January 29-31, 2015

A public conference for changemakers, activists, artists and progressive people of faith. 

Experience art from the inside out through arts immersions, productions, and spiritual reflection.  

PSR Faculty and Bay Area Artists will facilitate outings to performances, exhibits, urban artscape, and more with attention to the intersections of arts, spirit and social change.

BE there.  {no arts experience required}



Jinho Ferreira

Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira, plenary speaker & performer
Musician, screenwriter, playwright, actor, activist, police officer.

Be|Art|Now participants will experience and discuss The Piper's revolutionary play, Cops and Robbers, a sharp look at the dysfunctional relationship between law enforcement, the media, and the Black community.

Centered on an officer involved shooting, writer/performer The Piper takes the viewer on an emotionally charged ride with unexpected twists and turns. He seamlessly travels through 17 characters, each with their own convictions, logic, and prejudices. Cops and Robbers takes no prisoners as it challenges the viewer to question all preconceived notions of “right” and “wrong.”

Cops and Robbers is also a project and a book that Ferreira brings to schools and correctional facilities in the Bay Area. Performing the play at a recent mental health workshop offered a powerful opportunity to witness how it brought sectors of the community together.

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira is a rapper, actor, and screenwriter from Oakland, California. He is one-third of Flipsyde, an alternative hip-hop band that has toured internationally with artists such as Snoop Dogg, The Black Eyed Peas, Akon, The Game, Busta Rhymes, and more. Flipsyde has written anthems for the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. The band continues to enjoy several song placements in television, film, and sporting events.  In 2009, Piper won the Creative Promise Award for screenwriter at the Tribeca Film Festival for his CIA thriller: Walter’s Boys.

In the spring of 2010, Piper paid his way through a Bay Area law enforcement academy, eventually graduating in the top percentile and delivering the commencement speech. The paradox of being a member of the Black community and a hip-hop artist, while simultaneously working in Law Enforcement, served as the inspiration to write Cops and Robbers.

Though Piper is not a stranger to the stage, Cops and Robbers is his first venture into theater.  The ingenuity of this play led to him being a scholarship recipient for a performance workshop with Anna Deavere Smith at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Cops and Robbers Project consists of a one-man-play, an audio play, a 6-song musical soundtrack, and a book written by Piper and his wife Dawn Williams Ferreira, Ph.D.


Body Psalms

Tim Holmes, plenary speaker & performance
Sculptor, filmmaker, musician, activist.

Be|Art|Now participants will experience and have the option to participate in Holmes' acclaimed Body Psalms project. Body Psalms is a celebration of the sanctity of the body through performance rituals and video sculptures involving ordinary people unfolding passages of mystical texts painted on their skin to create moving sculptural poetry.

In Tim Holmes' words, "In a capitalist culture increasingly governed by the ethics of pornography, where nothing is too sacred to be exploited by amoral commercial forces, the body becomes the preferred currency. Is this what we are meant for?

"This art is meant to invite dialogue between separate value systems – personal, corporate and religious - that each one of us engages in our own way, but that are rarely addressed together. The current devaluation of the body can be seen as akin to climate change - a world problem that, regardless of whether we ignore it or face it, increasingly affects our lives."

Tim Holmes, American sculptor, filmmaker, and musician, is brother and son to PSR alumni. His work has gained notice also among some of the world's peacemakers. Among Holmes' best-known collectors are Nobel prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, along with many other international figures such as Václav Havel, Coretta Scott King and Mrs. Anwar Sadat. Holmes has created sculpture for many humanitarian projects such as the Physicians for Social Responsibility, PeaceLinks, and Cape Town's bid for the 2004 Olympics. In 2000 he created the bronze sculpture Anima Mundi for the United Nations Millennium Peace Prize for Women, awarded to heroines working to bridge conflicts the world over.

Holmes is a member of the political satire and comedy group the Montana Logging and Ballet Co., billed as National Public Radio’s “resident political satirists” during the Clinton years and which performed around the U.S. from 1976 to 2013 for audiences as diverse as the U.S. Congress, the National Press Club, and the Whitehall, Montana Public Library.

Though Holmes is most well known for sculpture, he has worked in a variety of media from museum installation to film making and experiments in new media, including his acclaimed Body Psalms Project.


In our lives there is a colour like that on a painter’s palette, which gives meaning to both life and art. It is the colour of love. ~ Marc Chagall


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