ByMette Jensen & Gabe Pannell & Anthony Piscitella•Aug 14, 2013
This story is voiced here by Mette Jensen, and was produced along with Gabe Pannell and Anthony Piscitella for the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department of San Francisco State University.
"Be fruitful and multiply the earth," God said in the old Testament. This was his very first command to human kind.
And humankind followed his demand. Around seven billion people later, times have changed -- especially in America, where 20 percent of women today end their childbearing years without giving birth to a child. That is one in five, compared with one in ten in the 1970s.
For those who do have little ones, the Bay Area has a lot of preschools for you. There are close to 200 in San Francisco alone. And that’s not even counting Head Start programs, which operate in all 50 states.
Many people believe that Head Start was America’s first government-run educational program for young children. It launched in 1964. But World War II actually produced an earlier model, right here in the city of Richmond.
Solvitur Ambulando is the name of the performance piece that’s part of an artist in residency program at the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
“It translates into it ‘is solved by walking,’” says Edward Schocker, a musician and collaborator in the group. “Just constantly moving because they have to move because of political situation or adoption or because of their choosing.”