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Alternating Currents – The Albany Bulb Event Series

was conceived and designed in spring 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting severe limiting of safe performance venues for Bay Area artists and audiences. 


Alternating Currents celebrates both the rich and diverse creativity of Bay Area artists and musicians working in all media and genres  and the extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of the Albany Bulb. Alternating Currents is a project of “Love the Bulb.” 

Co-curator | Co-director
Debra is an artist and writer. She previously served as the director of exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.


In addition to working on two book projects, she recently led the Oakland-Berkeley Cone Mask Group, a volunteer organization of seamsters that produced high quality masks for Covid-19 care providers and front line workers.

Co-curator | Co-director
Jon is an artist, researcher and educator. Through 2019 he was professor and director of the Intermedia Program in the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History.


He is currently working from Berkeley with the University of Mississippi and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council in Oxford on a public multimedia voter engagement community-art project. He has worked with artist-centered organizations in Iowa, Nevada, California and Washington, D.C. .

Raquel Baker
Special Projects.
Raquel is a professor at California State University Channel Islands in  English and  Africana Studies. Her  research includes a focus on Oakland and creative writing. 

She earned a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa; a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.

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