Kaitlin McGaw

Kaitlin (she/her) is a writer, listener and artist based in Oakland, CA on Ohlone lands.


Kaitlin is a co-founder of Alphabet Rockers. Her path in anti-racism and art began as a high school student in Belmont, MA, where community dialogue, activism, and poetry framed her purpose and relationship with the world.  Kaitlin is a graduate of Harvard University with a BA in Afro-American Studies. She is also a two- time GRAMMY nominee, an artist fellow and a deeply committed partner for change, often stepping back for others to shine, and stepping up for truth and our collective humanity.  Kaitlin believes radical imagination begins with the way we read, sing, and ask questions of the world with our children. She is the mother of two creative children of her own, whom she is raising with her husband Adhi.

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Learning Lab: Cultural Strategies for Belonging: Learning from Doing 2019-2021
Two years into our cultural strategy efforts, the work has affirmed the importance and power of culture’s role in creating belonging. Learn from four projects - on care, climate displacement, planning and development, and abolition - that exemplify the four practices of our strategy. Designed for: Artists, cultural strategy practitioners, n on-profit staff, organizers and funders interested in strengthening cultural strategy in organizing, research, planning or other social change work. Lab registration is open to conference participants only. After registering for the conference, you will...
The Work: We Take Care of Us (A session on bridging with music by the Alphabet Rockers)
Alphabet Rockers (2020 OBI Artist-in-Residence) reveal how their songwriting process relies on inquiry into the human experience to effect cultural change. This anti-racist work centers children and families, listening to the questions they hold and developing musical responses. The process and products are intergenerational spaces for envisioning, finding joy and building cultural infrastructures of care and understanding. In this session they’ll focus on three projects that demonstrate how they embrace human experiences (LISTENING), embody community practices (EXPANDING), and use their art...