“It Was a Good Day” Ice Cube and Politics

“It Was a Good Day” is rapper Ice Cube’s biggest hit — a solid rap song with a great beat, it’s easy to see why this record was so successful. What makes this song truly great, however, isn’t Ice Cube’s vivid description of his good day, but looming, omnipresent possibility of a much worse day. […]

School for Creative Activism Awarded Third Year of Funding

For Immediate Release Contact: directors at artisticactivism-dot-org OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION FUNDS THIRD YEAR OF THE SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE ACTIVISM The Democracy and Power Fund, an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, has announced a third year of funding for CAA’s successful School for Creative Activism workshops.

The stories you aren’t reading…

The CAA has been reading a lot about cognitive science lately.  Confirmation bias – the tendency of individuals to filter out those stories and facts that challenge what they already believe – has been on my mind ever since I learned of it during a School for Creative Activism this summer.  The concept is shockingly […]

The Aesthetics of Doing: Ethics

Join us as we attend… The Aesthetics of Doing: Ethics A Panel Discussion from A Blade of Grass With Artists Wafaa Bilal, Andrea Geyer, Dread Scott. Moderated by Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art Thursday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. Do ethics equal aesthetics? This panel discussion brings together three artists who challenge […]

An Archive of Desire

The name sounds vaguely like a catalog of clippings from the back of the Village Voice.  Fortunately it’s not: The Archive of Desire documents evidence of everyday visionary imagination. Ideas for a future thriving sustainable society, from the practical to the impossible, are collected and documented in physical and digital form. These posts are snippets […]

Join us for a New York City premier!

Join us for the premier of ‘Let the Fury Have the Hour’ A documentary film by Antonino D’Ambrosio and featuring CAA Director Stephen Duncombe Friday, December 14th Quad Cinemas 7:25 PM with Q&A to follow From CAVU pictures, “Let Fury Have the Hour” attempts to examine the counter-culture of 2012, through the artists, actors, musicians […]

Event: War, Trauma, and Public Art

Tuesday, December 4 (NEW DATE) 6:00pm (NEW TIME) Rosenthal Pavilion (10th Floor) 60 Washington Square South, NYC This panel discussion commemorates Veterans Day and celebrates Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection (in Union Square Park, November 8th through December 9th). The Lincoln installation features the images and voices of veterans projected onto the statue […]

L.M. Bogad to Perform Economusic at NYU

Larry Bogad’s ECONOMUSICWednesday, November 28, 2012 | 7-9pm Presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Larry Bogad is an author, performer, and the founding Director of the Center for Artistic Activism/West Coast. He writes, performs, and strategizes with mischievous artists such as the Yes Men, Agit-Pop, and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln […]

L.M. Bogad: Paperwork and Economusic in Helsinki

CAA West Coast Director Larry Bogad Performs and Lectures at International Theater Festival From November 7-11, CAA West Coast Director Larry Bogad performed and lectured at Baltic Circle, an international theater festival held annually in Helsinki, Finland.  Check out fantastic photos of his performances here.   From Antii Yrjonen Photography: In the performance PAPERWORK, L. […]

New Yorkers: Help us support WBAI!

WBAI Silent Benefit Art Auction – RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30pmWBAI ART AUCTION Online Bidding until Dec. 4 midnight EST Steven Kasher Gallery 521 W23rd St NYCContact: Andrea Katz 212.209.2828, Jim Wintner 646.242.7909 auction@wbai.iorg The WBAI Benefit Art Show and Auction has been rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. Online bidding continues at wbaiauction.org and will […]

Help Celebrate smartMeme’s 10th Anniversary!

From our friends at smartMeme: JOIN SMARTMEME’S NYC 10TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVITIES DECEMBER 6! Help support 10 more years of story-based strategy! To celebrate our first decade we will reflect on the shifts in politics, policy and culture – and how story-based strategy has made real impacts for peace, people and planet. Join us to discuss the […]

Behavioral Science in Campaigns

This story in the New York Times talks about how behavioral science was used in the Obama campaign. Much of these ideas are echoed in the School for Creative Activism. An excerpt: Another technique some volunteers said they used was to inform supporters that others in their neighborhood were planning to vote. Again, recent research […]

MediaImpact: International Festival of Activist Art

MediaImpact: International Festival of Activist Art Festival presentation, talks and debates 16 November 2012, 7:00pm 34 Stuyvesant Street, Barney Building (Between 3rd and 2nd Avenues at 9th Street) NYUSteinhardt, Department of Art & Art Professions, New York Art that steps out into the public space in order to call for social change is a relatively […]

Richard Wolff on the economic crisis (2009)

Economist, author, Professor emeritus UMass, Amherst, Richard Wolff, speaks about the current economic crises, its’ roots and what we can do about it. The “what to do about it” section touches on where collectivism overlaps with Republican software developers in Silicon Valley (at 1hr 16m) and relates to Gramsci’s “War of Position” we often talk […]

Occupy Faith SCA Participants Announced

Michael Ellick Rev. Michael Ellick is the Minister of Judson Memorial Church, and one of the founders of Occupy Faith. In his ministry, he has worked as an organizer and a social justice advocate for Immigrant Rights, Marriage Equality, Single Payer Health Care, Economic & Environmental Justice, and Racial Profiling. Rev. Ellick is particularly interested […]

Failure Support Group – Saturday 11/3

Failure Support Group Creative, social and activist projects fail. Sometimes miserably. Come share your failure with us in a warm, supportive environment. Saturday, November 3rd, 6PM Boston University’s 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA We provide: Group hugs and bad snacks All are welcome to listen or present. If you want to present your […]