Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Galvanize Gala

Aaron Koblin (Artist and Board Member), Peter Hirshberg (Chairman), and Josette Melchor (Executive Director & Founder)

While volunteering for the GAFFTA Galvanize Gala, I had the opportunity to meet Aaron Koblin before the big rush of people. Yes, was completely artist-struck and geeked out but he was incredibly sweet. I’m really happy I introduced myself because he noticed my GAFFTA Volunteer badge and thanked me for volunteering. Yet, another geek out moment happened when I met John Gage, he was extremely kind. Overall, seeing some of the Board Members and meeting GAFFTA Faculty was fantastic.

Eclectic Method

Eclectic Method DJed the event and I must say, I was pretty mesmerized by the pop culture montage. I captured some video and will post separately.


Finally, the GAFFTA bling created by talented artist Nicole Apetkar.


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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