Over the years, social issue campaigners and activists have employed a variety of marketing and communications efforts to attract public interest to their causes to varying degrees of success. More recently, activists have turned to the arts for inspiration and as a way to engage audiences through deep and emotional connections to bring about change. At the same time, more artists are imbuing their work with social and political messaging to advance the issues about which they feel most passionate.
There is a wide variety of language used to describe the field of artistic activism, much of it depending on the author. For artists or artist-led initiatives, terms like “socially engaged art” or“social practice” are commonly used, while activist-led efforts tend to use “artistic activism” or “creative activism.”
Whatever the preferred term may be, there is a growing body of work in the field, and growing interest among grantmakers in the intersection of arts and activism. This session will provide an opportunity to develop common definitions, best practices and methods of assessing impact.
- The union of affective and effective tools to bring about change
- How grantees are finding ways to use artistic practice for social activism
- New techniques and approaches in supporting grantees working on creative/artistic activism
- How to measure the impact of creative/artistic activism
Introduction from Co-Directors of Center for Artistic Activism
- Stephen Duncombe, Professor of Media and Culture, New York University
- Steve Lambert, Associate Professor of New Media, SUNY Purchase
Panel 1 – Marrying arts with campaigns for social change
- Rashida Bumbray, Senior Program Manager, The Arts Exchange at Open Society Foundations
- Deborah Fisher, Executive Director, A Blade of Grass
- Katy Rubin, Founding Executive Director, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
- Brett Davidson (Moderator), Director of Media and Narratives, Open Society Public Health Program
Panel 2 – The impact and evaluation of artistic activism
- Jan Cohen-Cruz, Director of Field Research, A Blade of Grass
- Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts
- George Perlov, Principal, George Perlov Consulting
- Rise Wilson, Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
- Stephen Duncombe (Moderator), Professor of Media and Culture, New York University
All interested funders, policymakers, academics, and researchers.
9:00 – 9:30 AM Check-in & Breakfast
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Program
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