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Curator Culture: Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Billy Porter

Sunday, Jun 14, 2020
5:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

This program is now online!

Join us for a virtual town hall with former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg and award-winning actor Billy Porter. The e-town hall and panel discussion, moderated by writer and activist Tom Healy, pairs the prominent creative and front-line political leader to propose, provoke and debate art, politics, anger, activism – and changing our world.


Over the past two years, the Curator Culture series at The Bass has brought together prominent artists and leading architects, scientists, journalists and influential leaders from many fields for public conversations about fostering creativity in a complicated world. The world has suddenly become much more complicated. We now ask questions such as – How do we respond to the profound economic and cultural disruptions that are unfolding during this global pandemic? What actions are being taken in the dismantling of systemic racism amid protests and outrage over police brutality?

Pete Buttigieg has served as two-term mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana and was a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. A graduate of Harvard University and an Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve and became a lieutenant when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. In April 2019 he announced his candidacy for president and in February 2020 won the Iowa Caucuses, becoming the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.

In his speech withdrawing from the race on March 1, 2020, he called on supporters to continue championing the values of his campaign and build, “a country that really does empower every American to thrive and a future where everyone belongs.” Pete launched Win the Era PAC and Action Fund because he believes that at this moment in American history when there is simply too much at stake to retreat to the sidelines and that everyone has a role to play in building the era that must come next.

Billy Porter is an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright. He most recently won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor for his appearance in FX’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated drama “Pose,” as well as appeared in “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” A Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee, Porter has numerous theatre credits, including the role of Lola in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” which he originated in 2013 and for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards, as well as the Grammy for best musical-theatre album. Porter’s most recent single “For What It’s Worth,” was released in April. He can next be seen in the second season of CBS All Access’ “The Twilight Zone,” voicing Audrey II in Greg Berlanti’s remake of “Little Shop of Horrors,” as well as the highly anticipated “Cinderella” re-make next year.

Tom Healy is an award-winning poet, curator and activist. He is the chair of O, Miami Poetry Festival and a trustee of PEN America, the organization of writers protecting freedom of expression around the world. Under President Barack Obama, Tom led the international Fulbright Scholars program. He is the author of three books of poetry.

Curator Culture is presented thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

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Sunday, Jun 14, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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