Field Trips

Field Trips are intimate and interactive programs. During each Field Trip, we use art/culture to explore a different aspect of adoption. Perhaps an exhibition about race in Oakland. A play about motherhood in San Francisco. Or a spoken word performance about citizenship. Given the complexity of adoption and the creativity in the San Francisco Bay Area,  the possibilities are endless.

Upcoming Field Trips

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Past Field Trips

See below to learn about our past Field Trips.

Conversation Agreements

Field Trips are designed for 10-12 people to gather around a table and explore complex questions. Participants are diverse in many ways, including their position in and perspective on adoption. While this kind of interaction can be enriching, it can also be tricky to navigate. To help support productive conversation, we begin each Field Trip by reviewing a set of Conversation Agreements.

Field Trip #3


August 6, 2017

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin St. (at Grove), San Francisco, CA 94108


About the Program

How is adoption linked to disability and civil rights? We’ll consider that question during this Field Trip to the Patient No More exhibition.

Patient No More tells the story of a pivotal moment in social justice history. In 1977, over 150 people with disabilities and their allies occupied the Federal Building in San Francisco for nearly a month to demand their civil rights. This action was known as the “Section 504 Occupation”. It helped pave the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.

This Field Trip offers many learning opportunities: experience an exhibition designed with accessibility as a priority; hear from guest speakers; engage in both individual reflection and facilitated group discussion; and materials for further learning and reflection.


Cathy Kudlick

Catherine Kudlick is Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. As director of the Longmore Institute, she directed the public history exhibit Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. Catherine has published a number of books and articles in disability history, and she is co-editing *The Oxford Handbook of Disability History* with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen.

Corbett O’Toole

Corbett Joan O’Toole is a disability activist, mother, author and artist. She participated in the 1977 occupation described in the exhibition, Patient No More. Corbett’s book, “Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History”, was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards and was selected as a Must-Read Book on American Women by the Women’s March. The San Francisco Art Institute honored her with a one-woman show. A leader on disability rights, particularly at the intersections of women and queer, Corbett’s four decades of activism is shared through her writing and public speaking. Corbett adopted her daughter from Japan.

Angela Tucker

Angela is a nationally-recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and is an advocate for adoptee rights. Angela was adopted from foster care with a diagnosis of Spastic Quadriplegia, and currently wears hearing aids in both ears. Her adopted siblings also have disabilities. Angela’s connection to disability also includes working on inclusion and universal design strategies in a university environment.  In 2013, at the age of 26, Angela’s own story of adoption and search for her birth parents was featured in the groundbreaking documentary, CLOSURE. Angela currently works as the Post-Adoption Program Manager at Amara

Our Partner

We are honored to partner on this program with the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. The Institute studies and showcases disabled people’s experiences to revolutionize social views. Through public education, scholarship and cultural events, the Institute shares disability history and theory, promotes critical thinking and builds a broader community.



Field Trip #2

June 3, 2017

Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108


About the Program

This intimate and dynamic program explored the exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, through the lens of adoption. Since 1992, U.S. families have adopted over 76,000 Chinese children. China continues to send children to the U.S. for adoption. How does adoption fit into Chinese American history and the experience of inclusion and exclusion? We collaborated with Katelyn Dixon, a Chinese adoptee, on program design and facilitation. The Chinese Historical Society of America, the presenter of Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, was our generous host.

Field Trip #1

January 24, 2017
7:00 PM

Warehouse 416
Oakland, CA


About the Program

During our first Field Trip, we prototyped the program concept at the Foster Youth Museum’s pop-up exhibition Tribute: Foster Youth Tattoo Stories. Jamie Lee Evans, Co-Director of the Foster Youth Museum, joined us as we simulated the program. Afterwards, we discussed what worked and what could be changed. Our learning included: hearing from someone who developed the project deepens the experience immeasurably, sharing a cultural experience enables people with different adoption experiences to connect in unexpected ways, and more time is needed for appreciating and reflecting on the exhibition itself.

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