This blog is dedicated to a variety of social art practices including: urban interventions, utopian proposals, guerrilla architecture, new genre, public art, social sculpture, project-based community practice, interactive media, service dispersals, service design, activism and street performance. The primary material of social practice is person-to-person exchange, interaction, or participation. These situations, organizations and events can involve various media including photography, video, drawing, text, sound, sculpture,, political art, design, eco-art and performance art.
Theatrum Mundi, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, New York, has launched a “Designing for Free Speech” challenge. The challenge asks architects, designers, activists, artists — and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression — to identify public spaces in New York City and propose re-designs that transform them into places that activate the rights enshrined in the First Amendment.
In an open letter, anonymous members of Pussy Riot announce a split from their formerly imprisoned colleagues, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, citing ideological differences and emphasizing their ongoing dedication to radical feminist...
Theaster's Way Huffington Post ... "an anthropologist, urbanist, activist -- the 21st-century artist," "the poster boy for socially engaged art," #40 in Art Review's "2013 Power 100, A ranked list of the contemporary art world's most powerful...
Meet Goldie Peacock, Brooklyn Drag King And Performer Huffington Post Accompanied by a larger movement to understand drag culture outside of the pageant circuit, many individuals engaged in the drag community in this borough approach drag culture...
Study finds creative arts sector contributes billions to state economy The Detroit News Released for the first time, a new study measures the economic boost Michigan gets not only from its nonprofit but also its for-profit creative sectors.
Getty presents what the Kitchen has cooked Los Angeles Times The material will now reside alongside strong complementary holdings such as an archive of the New York City-centric Fluxus movement that unfolded in the decade or so before the Kitchen...
The Timeanddesire pseudonym was created originally for outdoor work done independently and collaboratively by Denise St Marie and Timothy Walker. Their current work examines the concept of public and private spaces, as well as the role perception plays in constructing … Continue reading →
You might think it surprising that, as the dean of an art school, I was invited to participate in innovation "research." Despite common misperceptions, the work artists do is a type of research into the complexity of human concerns.
Faculty research explores social justice, democracy through the arts Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Education who used the arts in education to begin dialogues with students about social justice...
Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. Our Mission It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
Bertolt Brecht once wrote that whoever intends to fight lies and ignorance must overcome, at the very least, five difficulties. First, one should have the courage to write the truth, despite the measures others take to stifle it. One should possess, moreover, the intelligence in order to find the truth in the midst of noise and manipulation. One should, at the same time, master the art of making truth a weapon. One must present, in the fourth place, the ability to target those who will use that weapon most effectively. Finally, one should possess the cunning means to spread this weapon among them. Judging by these words, it’s very likely that Brecht would have smiled gratefully, if he had gotten his hands on this book.
Artists have a way of provoking new forms of being, examining and challenging the ways that we live and work, proposing alternative approaches, and suggesting ways of navigating and negotiating existing systems. What are the impacts of artists living and working in community? What is the work of art today? How has the idea of life’s work changed in the 21st century?
Aboriginal arts in the spotlight Lithgow Mercury Minister for the Arts George Souris said Aboriginal artists and arts groups in regional communities contribute to the social and cultural richness of the nation.
This is The West Country Penryn based arts for older people project gains £250000 This is The West Country A government survey has shown that, despite the positive impact the arts can have on the physical, mental and social well-being of older...
No living American musician was as involved in as many waves of protests as Pete Seeger — from the Depression to the McCarthy era to the Vietnam War to Earth Day — and that was just his first 50 years. Mr. Seeger, who died on Monday at the age of 94, spoke about using music for political ends in a 2009 interview with Alec Wilkinson, author of “The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger.” In the 1930s, Mr. Seeger said, he became aware that “the powers that be like to keep songs from questioning, asking questions which shouldn’t be asked.” Most of those songs, he noted, “were sentimental, beautiful, funny.” “One of the purposes of music is to help you forget your troubles; another, help you learn from your troubles (some do), and some will help you do something about your troubles.” Music, he said, can “help you understand the world.”
REV- (as in to rev an engine) is a nonprofit studio whose public art projects combine creativity, bold ideas, and sound research to address critical issues. We are a women and minority-led team of artists, techies, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens producing work to impact the issues we face. www.studiorev.org
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation's leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. www.domesticworkers.org
NuLawLab at the Northeastern University School of Law, MIT Center for Civic Media, Terravoz, Brazilian Immigration Center, MIT Open Doc Lab, Arizona State University Art Museum, Hand in Hand: Domestic Employer Association, National Employment Law Project, Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, The California Coalition of Domestic Workers, affiliated and unaffiliated domestic worker groups across the nation.
The NannyVan, the NannyVan App, and these initiatives' predecessor (New Day New Standard) are made possible through the support of Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, Funding Exchange, North Star Fund, Franklin Furnace, MIT Community Service Fund, and MIT Council for the Arts.
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