smArtAction: A estudiar y a luchar!

On November 6th, Stephen Duncombe will present a special program as part of smArtAction, a student-led art exhibition presented at El Puente and Hostos Community College featuring various art forms and creative interpretations relating to the University of Puerto Rico student movement of 2010 and 2011.  Details included below. The smArtAction exhibition will be hosted […]

West-Coast Director Larry Bogad to Present at UC Berkeley TONIGHT!

Larry Bogad, CAA’s West Coast Founding Director, will lead a panel discussion at UC Berkeley tonight entitled “Tactical Performance: Symbolic Sabotage and Satirical Surprise”.  This presentation will examine recent attempts by creative activists to use theatrical techniques to enhance the impact of social movement interventions – in public squares, corporate meetings, military recruiting centers, commercial […]

Love, Liberty & Protest: Souvenir Vendors Sell Stop & Frisk T-shirts

New project from the Center for Tactical Magic Friend of the Center for Artistic Activism, Aaron Gach, has a new project in partnership with some great organizations. You can read more about Aaron in our Artist Interview section. Stop & Frisk T-Shirts Sold on New York Streets Souvenir vendors along Battery Park and beyond are […]

SCA Boston Attendees Announced

Michael Young “Michael coordinates the Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative (TFOC), a network of 28 grassroots organizations in 24 states that are working to increase the fairness and adequacy of the state and federal tax systems.  Prior to joining UFE, he organized for safe, secure and affordable mortgage products for low-to-moderate income residents in Massachusetts, and […]

CAA Awarded Grant to Publish Book

For Immediate Release Contact: directors at artisticactivism-dot-org CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM AWARDED GRANT TO PUBLISH CREATIVE ACTIVIST MANUAL A Blade of Grass to Support CAA’s First Book Project A Blade of Grass, a New York-based non-profit which supports interdisciplinary arts programming designed to engage communities, recently awarded the Center for Creative Activism a grant to […]

How to End Evil: 5 Days of Art and Activism   Friends of CAA are hosting a huge gathering of artistic activists in Barcelona from March 27-31.  ‘How to End Evil: 5 Days of Art and Activism’ (or Cómo acabar con el Mal: 5 días de arte y activismo) is open to ALL and needs your support.  This huge event is running on a […]

Creative Activism Thursdays with the Yes Labs

Announcing the Yes Lab’s Spring 2012 lineup!  Stay tuned for additions. All lectures are at 7pm at 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, unless otherwise noted.  Come meet the revolutionaries who have changed or are changing the world, and those who study them. We’ll be meeting many Thursdays for a series of lectures, workshops, and other […]

CAA Awarded $75,000 Grant by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations

For Immediate Release Contact: directors at artisticactivism-dot-org CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM AWARDED $75,000 GRANT BY GEORGE SOROS’S OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS Grant to expand CAA’s School for Creative Activism after Successful Inaugural Year The Democracy and Power Fund, an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, awarded $75,000 to the Center for Artistic Activism.  The grant will allow […]

“‘Political Expressionism’ & Other Fallacies of Political Art” at Carnegie Mellon

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are directors of the new Center for Artistic Activism. Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York, where he teaches the history and politics of media. Steve Lambert was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center […]

NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group

MEDIA ALERT Contact:  Stephen Duncombesd47 at NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group Awarded 10K Funding For Two Years New York University awarded $10,000 to support research in Artistic Activism beginning this fall. The research group will be headed by NYU professor and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, Stephen Duncombe, and NYU professors […]

The CAA supports Beautiful Trouble. Will you?

Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best ideas and tactics of creative action in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, connecting the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest to the popular outrage of the current political moment. From prank websites to militant carnivals, flash mobs to […]

SCA New York participants announced

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in New York,NY. (this is a partial list) Amita Swadhin Amita Swadhin is dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Her commitments stem from her experiences as a queer woman of color, a daughter of immigrants, […]

School For Artistic Activism: ”Re-Teaching” at the Super G

From Lee Walton’s site: School For Artistic Activism:  ”Re-Teaching” at the Super G Recently, Lee Walton and Donovan McKnight were invited to participate in a the School For Artistic Activism in Mebane, NC. Taught by Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe, this 3 day intensive was extremely informative. This month, Lee and Donovan will be re-presenting […]

SCA North Carolina Participants Announced

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in Mebane, North Carolina. LaWana Mayfield My name is LaWana Mayfield and I reside in Charlotte, NC. I am a community activist working in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community along with bringing the Hispanic and African American […]

Q&A with the Art Newspaper

We were asked these questions by the folks at The Art Newspaper… Is political art more relevant today? Stephen: Political art, or at least artistic politics, have been around for a long time. Think about the Bible: it’s a story before it’s anything else, Moses and Jesus were pretty stellar performance artists, and their acts […]

Creative Activism Recieves Soros Grant

MEDIA ALERT Funds Awarded to Support Artists and Activists Working Together in “School for Creative Activism” Stephen Duncombe (NYU) and Steve Lambert (SMFA) Receive $45,000 Through George Soros’s Open Society Foundations Grant Founded and directed by Stephen Duncombe, a professor at the Gallatin School of New York University and long-time activist, and Steve Lambert, a […]