A Celebration for Resilience

The Annual Celebration held by the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience from ASU. Featuring world-renowned, food-justice advocate Chef José Andrés as the keynote speaker interviewed by current ASU Gammage Artist in Residence, Kristina Wong.Chef José Andrés has a number of accolades including being named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018. Andrés is the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. Andrés holds two Michelin-stars across the East-Coast and created the nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCF), deploying food and aid to countries around the world facing difficult situations be it from environmental, political, or social issues.

Kristina Wong holds her own share of awards, including: the Doris Duke Artist Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama. Kristina uses her talent as performance artist, comedian, actor and writer to inspire social change and justice. She is the founder of the Aunties Sewing Squad, a national mutual aid network of volunteers that sewed cloth masks for vulnerable communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently undertaking a new role as a "Food Bank Influencer”.

This inspiring event will stir the minds and reach the hearts of those who seek change fora brighter future. Accompanied by Spanish guitar performed by Peter Torsiello, the 2023 Fellows honored at the event will pave the way to Arizona’s resilient tomorrow.