In an age of division, potential environmental collapse and political instability, it’s easy to feel that change is too far away or impossible. Art can hold up a mirror, tell a story, or plant a seed to that changes minds and spurs action. Provoke Hope is a campaign and event series featuring art, music and projects with a purpose to wake up and shake up.
Our goal is to lift up stories, voices and artists that are questioning the dominant narrative and instigating action towards positive social change. Join us for the second event in the Provoke Hope series and learn more at www.provoke-hope.com
Vernon Keeve III
Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer. He currently lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from CCA, and a MA in Teaching Literature from Bard College. His full-length collection of poetry, Southern Migrant Mixtape, was published by Nomadic Press in 2018 and is the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award.
Dark indie-pop with haunting vocals, this SF Bay Area project creates dynamic, cerebral music covering themes relating to the passage of time, the human mind, and current socio-cultural topics. The unifying force behind New Spell's sound is songwriter Leanne Kelly's airy vocals and synth-centered songwriting. Drums by Jacob Frautschi and electronic bass embellish compelling layers of sound in a uniquely captivating style.
Tess Posner is an artist, activism and entrepreneur from the Bay Area. She began singing in coffee-houses as a teenager and in 2017, her passion for music reignited and she began writing songs. Her music has been called “addictive, haunting and unapologetically honest” and her songwriting often intertwines deeply personal stories with political and psychological themes.