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Change from within: Melonie Green on the power of artists to sustain culture

Melorra Green

When Artist and curator Melonie Green and her twin sister moved to San Francisco 15 years ago, they made themselves an integral part of the arts community through art shows, public events, and even their own weekly radio show on KPOO. 

KALW’s Jen Chien spoke with Green about the power of artists to shape and sustain the culture of a city. 

GREEN: "There's this idea that 'I can be the lone hero.' That 'I want to be the one to carry the torch...and say I did it.' And a lot of times when that is the driving force you can bet that there's a hundred people pissed around you. Because I bet you didn't ask questions. I bet you didn't listen."

You can see the multimedia show Melonie curated, Black Matters, as part of the 22nd annual Afrosolo Arts Festival, at the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch through December 15.