School for Creative Activism Cape Town – Participants Announced

We’re delighted to introduce the participants for our workshop on Campaigns to Support Sex Work Activism, funded by Open Society Foundation and taking place in Cape Town, South Africa THIS VERY WEEK! Say hello to… Dimitri Delibas OSF South Africa Programme Officer A recent addition to the Open Society Foundation team, Dimitri is the Programme Officer …

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: THE PINK CHADDI CAMPAIGN

It’s International Women’s Day! So this week, we’re taking a look at a really powerful piece of collective creative activism that managed to have a real material impact on a very troubling and potentially violent situation. The Pink Chaddi Campaign was an action devised by the “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose, and Forward Women” (PLFW) in …

Coming Soon: The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions

A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad stuff for good? In each episode an an academic, an activist, and an artist from the Center for Artistic Activism will help navigate through the garbage looking for treasure. Coming soon, subscribe now and don’t miss a …

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: WOMEN ON WAVES

So this week we’re doffing our caps to the work of Women on Waves, who worked with our good friends at Yes Lab to create the www.diesalforwomen.com website ‘Misopolis’, a fabricated fashion brand which claimed to provide free abortion pills to its female workers in order to set them free and to create a fun …

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: McDONALD’s VIDEOGAME

This week we’re taking a look at the McDonald’s Videogame, where you own and operate a McDonald’s restaurant. In the game you have the choice to try to operate ethically or make decisions like using genetically modified soy or administering bovine growth hormone. If you go the ethical route, you bankrupt the company and lose. The …

Actipedia: Pigasus for President

CHICAGO At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, the Yippies (Youth International Party) nominated a pig for president, with the campaign pledge: “They nominate a president and he eats the people. We nominate a president and the people eat him.” This porcine political maneuver was the brainchild of sixties activists Abbie Hoffman and …

ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: PRINCESS HIJAB

‘My art has nothing to do with religion.’ This week we’re throwing the spotlight on the guerilla street art of Princess Hijab. Princess Hijab détournes advertising in public spaces: superimposing black veils onto the iconography of popular culture. ‘The Hijab is very powerful, not just religiously. It has been used in fairytales. It is part of the …

ACTIPEDIA REVISTED: PRO-CHOICE TROLLING

From the vaults of Actipedia this week we’re looking at a subtle way of subverting your local store to do your messaging for you! When Hobby Lobby, the US craft store, filed a lawsuit against a federal mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives Jasmine Shea and Nathaniel Peck decided to take action. …

2014 SCA Barcelona Participants

We’d like to introduce you to the participants from our most recent School for Creative Activism workshop in Barcelona… Mara Kardas-Nelson Mara Kardas-Nelson is a journalist, advocate, and activist. She lived in South Africa for five years, where she worked on access to medicine issues for MSF’s Access Campaign and the Treatment Action Campaign, and was …

Call for Applications: School for Creative Activism – Campaigns to Support Sex Work Activism in South Africa

We’re pleased to announce a call for applications to a School for Creative Activism training session taking place this March, in South Africa. “In an open society sex workers should have the same rights to safe working environments as all other workers.” (Open Society Foundation) We’re inviting grantees of the Open Society Public Health Program …

Actipedia Revisited: #occupysmallstreet

This week we’re giving a shout out to small-scale activism with the #occupysmallstreet movement. First inspired by a doll-sized action in Siberia, this example has been created by Arts X Activism  from Melbourne, Australia. Signs are made collectively, by regular Occupy Small Street-ers and members of the public (adults and children) who stop by and have …

Letters of Note: Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope.

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”   –E.B. White Letters of Note provides a snapshot into the faxes, memos, letters, telegrams, and any other fascinating tidbits of correspondence that Shaun Usher can get his hands on. Originally a blog-based archive, it has grown …

Actipedia revisited: Public Movement – ‘Re-Branding European Muslims’ (2012)

Each week we’ll be calling back to an example of creative activism from our website Actipedia – an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. This week we’d like to highlight this really powerful piece of arts activism by Public Movement, a Tel Aviv based ‘performative research body’. In 2012 they created Re-Branding European Muslims to investigate conflict …

An African’s Message for America

A volunteer trip abroad has become almost a rite of passage for a certain set of Americans, particularly students. Head over to NYtimes.com for an Op-Doc video profiling a Kenyan activist who has one simple question for them: “Why?”  “Nearly one million people from America volunteer abroad each year. They are mostly young, mostly affluent and overwhelmingly …

A message from EverdayRebellion.net….

A message from EverdayRebellion.net…. Help us change the world through spreading creative non-violent protest methods on our cross-media platform everydayrebellion.net and support our Kickstarter Crowdfunding campaign to keep Everyday Rebellion alive! Click here to see our Kickstarter campaign and help us with a donation: WE NEED YOUR HELP! Over the course of the last 5 …

“Embodied Place: Ovservations and Notations” OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sierra Nevada College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts “Embodied Place: Observations and Notations” Juried exhibition January 16 – February 27, 2015   Garage Door Gallery: Holman Arts & Media Center 1008 Tahoe Blvd. Incline Village, NV 89451   Open Call for Submissions Deadline:      Monday, December 15, 2014 5PM PST Contact Sarah Lillegard, Gallery Coordinator slillegard@sierranevada.edu This …

CAA Advisor Keri Smith has a new book!

A conceptual artist and author is luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it At 42, Keri Smith still writes to a pen pal. She deeply appreciates secret passageways. And she sometimes rolls dice to determine which way she walks down the street. That won’t surprise her readers …

SCA Participant: Artivism and the “Aha” Moment

Think back to the exact moment when you decided to become an activist.   Go ahead. We’ll wait. Was it…   Because someone sent you a petition? Or because a friend forwarded you an advocacy alert? Or, I know: was it because you read a really great white paper?   Chances are, none of these inspired you …