Robin Rodricks is the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture. She sees a thriving arts and culture scene as a powerful force to help the region emerge from the pandemic, both for the economic and emotional recovery. Robin served as Commissioner on the San Mateo County Arts Commission and worked as a manager for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for over a decade.
FOREWORD IN THE YOUTH POETRY ANTHOLOGY, I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation (2021)
“Poetry — and the arts — help both the writer and the audience process and give voice to thoughts and feelings, which very often lead to social action. The youth of today are living through a pandemic, and civil unrest from institutional racism. How they respond to these circumstances will determine their future and the future of society as a whole. Their voices and actions, reflecting visions and dreams for a better tomorrow, will help us all as we struggle with the present, and work towards achieving a more just society.
“The Arts Commission is committed to a healthy and vibrant community, and to connecting and inspiring every aspect of the diverse lives in San Mateo County. Nothing gives me more hope for a better society than that of voices of our youth speaking out — not just for themselves, but for all of us. And I truly believe in what author Johann Goedte wrote, that “At the moment of commitment, the world conspires to assist you.” Thank you, Poets, for putting your visions and dreams to paper and agreeing to having them published here — in doing so you have taken the first step in your commitment to contributing to a better world.”
—Robin Rodricks, Executive Director, County of San Mateo Office of Arts and Culture