Todd Thomas Brown is an interdiscipinary artist engaged in performative inquiry and visual arts. As a visual artist, Brown has 25 years combined experience in oil painting and mixed media, with 11 years professional teaching experience.
He has been awarded an artist residencies with San Francisco’s de Young Museum (2009) and Residencia el Otro Lado (EDELO, Chiapas, MX. 2009/10) and was selected as one of the first three artists to initiate the de Young Museum’s current year-long Artist Fellowship Program (20011/12) funded by the James Irvine Foundation. As part of his 2009 his Residency, Brown was also commissioned by the de Young’s Department of Public Programs for the creation of his mural-scale painting “Invisible Passage.” He currently sits on the de Young’s Community Engagement Artist Council, and continues to exhibit work both nationally and internationally, most recently featured in ArtMarket Budapest 2013.
As a performing artist, Brown has been awarded grants in disciplines of music and theater, from the San Francisco Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He is the Founder of the Red Poppy Art House of San Francisco (2003) and the MAPP: Mission Arts & Performance Project (2003). His most recent performance work, Teobi’s Dreaming, explores the “bio-poetic” intersection of ancestry and being, and premiered at the Red Poppy Art House in March 2014.
Melody found the Red Poppy Art House hiding around the corner from her apartment soon after moving to San Francisco. Born in Boston and raised in Taiwan, she enjoys making her acquaintance with various cities and cultures. She began playing the piano at the age of 3 and eventually studied ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, where she found a fascination with West African music and dance. Melody is a strong believer of the power of music, and hopes to influence communities through engagement and discussion of the arts.
Jeremy Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, and audio engineer. He specializes in Venezuelan traditional music, as well as the music of other Latin American countries and the Caribbean.Allen has performed nationally and internationally for over 17 years showcasing the music of Latin America.
He is bassist, percussionist, and founding member of the pan Latin-American jazz group Quijeremá; performing, touring and recording with the multi-media arts ensemble since 2002. In addition to national and international performances with Quijeremá, Allen produces Quijeremá’s original music and sound design for documentary and short feature films. Most recently he recorded, co-produced, and co-arranged the score and musical audio for the PBS/ITVS film “Archaeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi en Trés Cantos”. www.quijerema.com
Allen holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Urban Education and is the owner and engineer of Musiquito Studios, an independent recording studio in Oakland, California. Allen also is an adept instructor of youth multi-media education, producer of the Albany Film Festival and moonlights in customized audio-visual installations for municipal government and arts organizations. www.musiquitoproductions.com
Maggie Wilson stumbled across the Poppy while searching for jobs in the arts and could not be happier. She studied English and Theatre at UC Berkeley and firmly believes that performance and the arts brings communities together and sparks important discussions. She was involved in Vagina Monologues at UC Berkeley as well as several performance art pieces, and play writing. Currently she resides in SF, works with kids in Marin, and spends spare time drinking coffee, playing frisbee, or walking around this beautiful city.
Aleksandra Bril has been a part of the Poppy Team since September 2013. By way of great luck, she stumbled upon the Poppy online. Upon first stepping through its red doors, she could not stop smiling. The unique spirit of the room was evident in the dim lights, the sound of the boiling kettle, and three long paintings covering a bare wall. She first started out as a PR intern and later applied for and became a member of PRESENCE, the Red Poppy Development Cohort, participation in which gifted her a new sense of direction to pursue socially-conscious arts engagement. Currently, she reports on events at and affiliated with the Poppy, assists with drafting and editing press releases and is a participating host during performance programs.
Jaade Wills was born and raised in Southern California, and in six years time has become a San Francisco local and quinoa enthusiast. She recently graduated with a bachelors in Cross-Cultural Relations and aspires to utilize this degree within the nonprofit sector. Jaade is also a trained dancer. Although she favors the modern dance style, Jaade has also performed with West African and urban contemporary dance companies in San Francisco. Within the Red Poppy, Jaade functions as a Public Relations Intern and performance host, and aspires to provide a keen eye on future dance performance bookings.
Piano tunings are generously donated by Brani Piano.