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Agents of Change: Ben Davis of Illuminate/City of Awe

June 6, 2023 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Join us for the first in our new series Agents of Change: an inspiring presentation by Ben Davis, founder of Illuminate and producer of projects such as City of Awe, The Bay Lights, Honoring Harvey Milk, The Golden Mile, The Pink Triangle, Pi in the Sky and more art light installations around the city.

Boom. Bust. Boom. Bust. Welcome to San Francisco.

Our city’s natural beauty and self-expressive nature have always saved us. Throughout history our vistas and creative citizens have consistently inspired awe. Today we make it formal, declaring San Francisco the City of Awe.

It’s an open-source moniker, one we hope will be embraced locally and internationally as we reinvent ourselves yet again. Feel free to use the term. You need not ask for permission. Let the words inspire you. Consider them a call to action. Make it your goal to do all you can to have our City live up to the label.

Ben Davis
Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

About Illuminate:
Illuminate rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity’s better nature. Founded in 2011, we’ve been working quietly to create a city-wide foundation of artful endeavor that embraces the multifaceted spirit of San Francisco, in all its nuance and vibrancy. After 12 years we’re ready to bring the story into focus, in service of community. Bust times are the best of times when we take charge of the place we call home. Let’s create the city in which we want to live.

About Agents of Change:
A new series produced by Design Bay Area in partnership with Pact Studio deciphering the magic of change and how it happens and amplifying the voices of change makers. Through presentations, panels and workshops the Agents of Change series examines pathways for change and to share stories from experiences of change-makers making a difference.

Across industries and disciplines, we examine how to harness sources of disruption for creativity, innovation and growth. By amplifying fresh perspectives from diverse groups of people, Agents of Change aims to help seed connections, create economic opportunities, and provide a starting point for taking action.

About Design Bay Area:
Design Bay Area is a platform dedicated to promoting design and amplifying the voices of the California design community, and those in adjacent fields, to create economic opportunities by fostering the local and international community.

About Pact:
Pact Studio is a Mission-based branding studio built on partnership, integrity, and trust—committed to developing distinct and strategic brand identities with intentional points of view.

Get to know us, and you’ll find a team of passionate collaborators seeking out new perspectives to create more equitable and meaningful outcomes.


June 6, 2023
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm