After Dark: Conversations About Landscape

Thursday, March 24, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 p.m. PT

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

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Adults Only (18+)

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Spark your curiosity at After Dark!  As the sun sets, we’ll hit the rainbow lights, turn the music up, and open our doors, inviting you to take your imagination out to play. Tonight, join a conversation with Lil Milagro Henriquez, Executive Director of Mycelium Youth Network, and Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, to learn about finding pathways to making radical progress on climate change.

Conservations About Landscape explores environmental change in the Bay Area and beyond.

Imagining Climate Futures
A Conversation with Debbie Raphael and Lil Milagro Henriquez

7:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio

In this era of uncertainty for people and the planet, how can we find our place in the climate movement? Who decides how we prevent and adapt to climate change, and how? In a dynamic and complex system such as a city, how do we envision our future and find pathways to change? What do Albert Einstein and Gandalf have to do with solving problems of environmental governance?

Join Lil Milagro Henriquez, Executive Director of Mycelium Youth Network, and Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, to learn about their approaches and inspirations, and how they believe we can make radical progress on climate change.

Debbie Raphael believes that cities can take bold action to address environmental harm. A scientist by training and public servant by profession, she has spent most of her career working in government to ensure that everyone has an equal right to a safe and healthy environment. Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy, Debbie is a frequent keynote speaker at international climate conferences and a national spokeswoman on environmental issues.

Lil Milagro Henriquez, MA, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has family who survived Hurricane Katrina—one of the nation’s most infamous climate-change-related disasters. In 2017, she founded Mycelium Youth Network, an organization dedicated to preparing and empowering frontline youth for climate change. In 2020, she received the Women’s Earth Alliance Fellowship and was the 2021 recipient of the Partners Advancing Climate Equity Fellowship. She was recently recognized as one of the top 16 Eco-Warriors of 2021 by Marin Magazine and did a TEDx talk with staff from the City of San Francisco.

Moderated by Emma Greenbaum, Program Manager for the Climate Initiative at the Exploratorium.

DJ Sake-One
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Get ready to dance your way through the night as a DJ from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving all night! Born and raised in the culture of hip-hop, DJ Sake-One joins us tonight. He has been looking for the perfect beat since 1989, kickin’ up dust and making 5,000-person venues feel like neighborhood house parties, from San Francisco to New York City to Atlanta to London and beyond. He’s the Frisco native and Bay legend responsible for both the infamous PST party and his current Art of Storytelling Outkast tribute party.  

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through hip-hop culture. 

Tinkering School Mars Mission Q&A
6:30–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Tinkering School (TS), a San Francisco–based educational program dedicated to youth-centered making and tinkering, created Tinkering School Mars Mission as an Earth-bound program that maintains the accuracy and challenges of real Mars rover operations. Inspired by (but not associated with) NASA’s Mars missions, the TS team, composed of young people ages 14-20, collaborated to build an educational hands-on experience operating rovers in a simulated Martian lava tube. Join members of the team to learn more about their mission and prototypes and to test drive the newest generation of their rovers.

Cash Bar
Bechtel Gallery 3, Classroom 1606
6:00–9:30 p.m.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time..

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