San Francisco nonprofit Lyrical Opposition is pleased to announce the hiring of Bailey Fan as Program Director for its Lyrical Academy. She has previously performed at a range of Lyrical Opposition events as an artist, and in her new role will focus on creating writing workshops where artists can come to write and express themselves.
Bailey is a talented artist in her own right, specifically as a spoken word poet. Much of her work focuses on social issues and impactful subjects. She is nearing completion of her Psychology degree and is a big advocate for wellness and mental health.
“We want to focus on other people and their stories. Rather than be experts trying to teach people how to become poets or writers, it’s really just focusing on allowing people to be able to express themselves and write out things that they've been feeling,” she says. “And so my day-to-day involves a lot of thinking of different ideas on how to be interactive, thinking of ways to engage the community in healing, art, and artistic expression.”
Bailey is a big believer in stimulating different senses throughout the day, and will often light a range of different candles to subtly change her environment. She also places huge importance on switching off from work and technology and makes a conscious effort to shut down her laptop instead of just closing it.
Bailey has worked in her community for the last 15 years, mostly helping young people with inequity, injustice, and other related issues. A proud Asian American, she sees her role as a lifestyle rather than a job and aims to equip people with the tools they need to positively influence their communities and their own lives.