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The Copenhagen Experiment

Created: 19 May 2018

May 14th, 2018: We are here in Denmark to launch the "Copenhagen Experiment" with our Danish colleague and friend (and C4AA workshop alumni) Silas Harrebye. This is the first ever public experiment on the ...

Webinar #26: Social Emergency!

Created: 18 May 2018

Social Emergency! Creative Interventions in ...

Webinar #25: How Do We Know If It Works Part 2

Created: 20 Apr 2018

This is the second part of one of our most popular webinars ever! How do we know if socially-engaged art works? We talk with ...

Webinar #24 Art Action Profiles

Created: 09 Apr 2018

In this webinar, we got to talk to two of our 2017 Artistic Activism grantees, Arian Kajtezovic of Croatia and Kate McGrew of Ireland about TRANSummer Camp, A Day in the ...

Why Artistic Activism?

Created: 09 Apr 2018

Sometimes we're asked, "What's this artistic activism thing all about?" and "What's the difference between artistic activism and regular activism?" and "Is this something you guys made up?" So, here's a ...

Creative Action Accelerator

Created: 05 Feb 2018

Our Creative Action Accelerator Program is a new initiative we started to help groups jumpstart their social change campaigns through intensive C4AA mentoring and project implementation. It is in-depth, on-site ...

Webinar #18: How Do We Know If It Works? Part 1

Created: 25 Jan 2018

  This is one of our most popular webinars. We're sorry if you missed it happening live, but you can check out the video, which is 97.587% as great. Sign up for future webinars to get in on the live action. In this webinar, Steve and Steve ...

Why Give to C4AA?

Created: 12 Dec 2017

At The C4AA, your contribution goes a long way. It's tough times and artists and activists reach out to us regularly, wanting more training and resources so they can do their best work for social and environmental justice. People like Carrie in Houston, ...

Webinar #17: Intelligent Mischief and the Culture of Black Liberation

Created: 04 Dec 2017

In this webinar, Steve Lambert has a great talk with Terry about how he uses satire, story, surrealism, comics, video, stickers, art exhibits, products, and so much more to create transformational experiences. We love how he talks about fearless ...

Webinar: Guerrilla Futures

Created: 14 Nov 2017

Our new webinar season launched December 1st, 2017 with Stuart Candy and Jake Dunagan of Guerrilla Futures. They use future studies to understand how we can all use visionary thinking to imagine and create better tomorrows. While many futurists ...

We Got a “Silver Medal” at the World Democracy Forum!

Created: 13 Nov 2017

On November 8 - 10, 2017 C4AA was invited to present to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg France at their annual World Forum for Democracy. The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organization. C4AA Co-Founder Steve Duncombe made the case for artistic activism as a way ...

West Africa Training in December

Created: 07 Nov 2017

West Africa Art Action Academy December 17 - 21, 2017 OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa), C4AA (The Center for Artistic Activism) and Association Culturelle La Muse invite artists to apply to participate in a 5-day Art Action Academy from December 17-21, 2017 in Conakry, Guinea. ...

Press: We Make Money Not Art on C4AA and Artistic Activism

Created: 19 Apr 2017

Yesterday, We Make Money Not Art featured our webinars and one of our favorite examples of truly artistic activism, the occupation of Alcatraz Island by Native American activists in 1969. We talk about this in our trainings as one example of fully realized creative activism that incorporates ...

What Would Jesus Do? (as a Creative Activist)

Created: 14 Apr 2017

By C4AA Co-Founder Stephen Duncombe My proselytizing here is of a political rather than religious nature. It isn’t the divine figure of Christ I am interested in but the purely historical Jesus, a radical Mediterranean Jewish peasant building a revolutionary movement two millennia ago. Jesus ...

How to Win #14: Learn from Hollywood

Created: 05 Apr 2017

With a savvy entertainer in the White House, we need to really understand how entertainment works, and wield that knowledge like a flaming sword on a windy but beautiful hilltop. What makes a hit show? What makes a bomb? And how can we help the Donald ...

Artistic Action: Sex Worker Rights in Dublin

Created: 22 Mar 2017

As part of our Arts Action Academy in December 2016 in Dublin, sex workers, artists and activists created and performed this creative action to raise awareness about, and fight against, laws that criminalize sex workers. All of this was conceived and implemented by the Academy participants in ...

5 Ways to Up Your Artistic Action Game

Created: 27 Feb 2017

Here are 5 things you can do if you want to make change in the world: 1. Steal from the Past Borrow from successful creative movements (video). Make time to be inspired by others (check out Actipedia). 2. Know How to Manipulate Change Minds Use cognitive and behavioral science to ...

How to Win #13: Learn from South Africa

Created: 20 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/YwD_5p-SKEc While having an autocratic, erratic and narcissistic madman as a president might be new to artistic activists in the US, this is standard operating procedure for activists in other parts of the world. In this webinar we talked with veteran South African activists ...

How to Win Webinar #12: Loot the Museums

Created: 20 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/QUZl1Afug2E This is one in a series of webinars. You can see all of them here. You don't need to watch all of them, or watch them in order, and they're open to everyone - please share! See the list of all of our webinars.  Feel free to share with friends. Donate to keep ...

How to Win Webinar #11: Recalibrate Reality

Created: 20 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/d4thWzMpuJY Why Recalibrate Reality? Should artistic activists use our work to hold a mirror up to reality to make the invisible visible? Or should we use our talents to imagine new possibilities of what reality could be? Or can we do both? Steve and Steve give a brief course ...

How To Win Webinar #10: Make Your Meetings Inventive

Created: 19 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/2wq7ZIN8Kvk Why a Webinar about Meetings? We've all been in a lot of action planning meetings lately, and some of them... are less than productive. This training is on how to lead Action Planning Meetings that don't suck and are super creative and effective. Steve Lambert and ...

Apply for the Johannesburg Art Action Academy

Created: 14 Feb 2017

Are you an artist or creative practitioner interested in challenging public perceptions about sex work in South Africa? If so, please apply to attend our Art Action Academy in May! In collaboration with SWEAT – Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce and Sonke Gender Justice, we invite ...

How to Win Webinar #9: Mine Pop Culture

Created: 10 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/kt_H047kHTQ How can progressives borrow and steal from pop culture to make real change? Pop culture can be read as a map to popular desire. In this video of our live webinar, Co-founder Steve Duncombe and Chair of our Board Pat Jerido of Leadership Matters Consulting show how ...

How to Win Webinar #8: Change Minds

Created: 06 Feb 2017

https://youtu.be/_3WdWcna9qo Our founders (The Artist! The Historian!) got deep into the Slap Chop, the Snuggie, and the Ginsu 2000! They shared what they've learned from infomercials (and some heavy communications theory) and revealed some simple tools to better understand audiences and ...

C4AA Fundamentals #7: Stay Hopeful & Avoid Burnout

Created: 28 Jan 2017

https://youtu.be/hmErWA9nCYg In the Star Trek universe, Vulcans like Dr. Spock always think objectively and rationally. We’re not Vulcans. Human beings have a tendency toward self-deception – a trait that was a valuable part of human evolution and helped us survive over centuries. But fight ...

Imagine You Are A Superhero

Created: 27 Jan 2017

This is one of the favorite exercises in our trainings. It's a good place to start if you're not sure where to put your energy. 1) Imagine that you are a superhero. Yes, a superhero. Like all superheroes you have special powers – we’ll get to that soon. You also have an outfit. You are very ...

Artistic Activism at the UN

Created: 26 Jan 2017

Steve and Steve were at the United Nations this week, where they gave a presentation to the Arts and Culture Exchange of the UN Development Program. Ostensibly about “new communications strategies to sell old ideas, like the UN”, the Steve’s presentation introduced the audience of largely UN ...

The Creators Project Recommends C4AA to Artists

Created: 20 Dec 2016

The fantastic Creators Project just posted a new story on us: "Need More Activism in Your Art? Look No Further Than This Center." A lot of artists might be thinking about how to incorporate more political activism into their practices right about now, and if you’re one of them then you’re in ...

Give the Gift of Artistic Activism

Created: 13 Dec 2016

Give your friends or family a can of Whoop Ass or Canned Do Spirit! Your gift will support effective & creative activist training to counteract intolerance and fear in 2017. After you donate, click on "Return to Merchant" on the PayPal site, and you will be directed to a page where you ...

Support Artistic Activism on Giving Tuesday

Created: 25 Nov 2016

“Giving Tuesday” is a great reminder to donate your time and money to groups you love. If you would like to support the Center’s work in the next year, or years, as we grow to help more groups win against the dark forces out there, here are some options: Donate Simply donate what you can. ...

Special Post-Election Training

Created: 16 Nov 2016

We are offering free help to individuals and groups who are looking for ways to counteract the dark forces post-election. Join our web-based trainings on the principles of ...

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