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Deep Roots 09: Rhodessa Jones

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Inspirational performance artist, teacher, and activist Rhodessa Jones is recipient of this year's Mayor's Art Award. The Mayor's Art Award honors her lifetime achievements and important contributions to the arts and culture of San Francisco, where she has thrived for over 30 years.

Rhodessa is Co-Artistic Director of the performance company, Cultural Odyssey, and founder of The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation for women in the prison system. She boasts a lifetime of multidisciplinary shows performed in San Francisco and around the world.

In this podcast, Rhodessa shares her personal history: from her beginnings as the daughter of migrant workers; her development as a dancer and performance artist; to the formation of The Medea Project. Tune in to learn how the confident Rhodessa Jones became so extraordinary.

Mayor Lee will present the 2013 Mayor’s Art Award to Rhodessa Jones on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at an event at City Hall hosted by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Special thanks to Idris Ackamoor, co-artistic director of Cultural Odyssey, for providing us with the audio clips of Cultural Odyssey and The Medea Project in this podcast.


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