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the C4AA Streaming Soiree

If you donate to the C4AA this month, you’ll get a ticket to the big, live, online meetup we’re calling “The Streaming Soiree

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Alumni Spotlight: Ummi A. Yakubu

Ummi Yakubu is a young professional in the interactive multimedia and design industry and is currently working on a mobile game that’s aimed at increasing civic responsibility.

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Creative Resistance 5: Success & Failure

Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is

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Creative Resistance 4: Context

Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is

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Why Support C4AA for 2019?

Why support artistic activism right now? What does artistic activism do? And how does it help? And what the heck is C4AA doing about it?

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Creative Resistance 3: Tactics & Strategies

Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is

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Creative Resistance 2: Audience

Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is

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Creative Resistance 1: What is Artistic Activism?

Creative Resistance is a special edition podcast mini-series in affiliation with the Center for Artistic Activism and is

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Coming soon: Creative Resistance Mini-Series!

Enjoy C4AA’s podcasts? Donate now! Pat and the Steve’s have been doing C4AA work around the world, so

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Alumni Spotlight: Ibrahima Amadou Niang, IBOU

Ibrahima Amadou Niang (@IbrahimaANiang) is the Head of the Guinea Country Office at Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and participated in C4AAs 2016 School for Creative Activism in New York City. The following year he performed at two major literary festivals. Originally from Senegal, Ibou works on social justice issues through his work as an NGO activist and through his writing.

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Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Catalina

Victoria Catalina brought her creative activism and graphic artist skills to C4AA’s 2016 Art Action Academy in Dublin, working to decriminalize sex work and workers, and has been working as a graphic designer and illustrator since then, often going back to sex worker rights and other activist themes in personal and commercial projects. Catalina has been designing for the Dutch sex workers union PROUD, and P&G292, a health organisation for sex workers in Amsterdam, among other collaborations.

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Alumni Spotlight: CODO Cédric Wilfrid

Art Action Academy alumni Cédric Wilfrid Codo has been using media for social change, working with African youth, women and girls. “I am working on a cultural education project for girls and children in schools, on the presence of women in culture and sport (promotion and training) and finally on media that gives visibility to all this. I am convinced that the projects of the future will be projects that will bring together Anglophones and Francophones on projects in French. It will change the world.”

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Alumni Spotlight: POETYK PRYNX

One of our amazing alumni, Prince Poetyk, is a prolific Ghanaian poet, who is using his creative activism training to organize around mental health issues.

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Alumni Spotlight: Vivian Peng

Vivian Peng took part in C4AA’s 2016 Queens Arts Action Academy, supported by the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the Queens Museum.  She is a visual artist and activist, and is currently a communications manager at Doctors Without Borders.

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Case Study: Artistic Activism at the AIDS Conference

C4AA shook up the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam with a pop-up Artistic Activism Accelerator.

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Art Action Academy: Macedonia 2018

Behind the Scenes: a C4AA Art Action Academy in Macedonia, where artists are fighting corruption.

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Alumni Spotlight: Cecilia Lim

Cecilia Lim is a Queens-based artist, designer, and community-based trainer and capacity builder who believes that we thrive when we connect to ourselves, each other, and our environment.

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Amsterdam 2018 Creative Action Accelerator

During the 2018 International AIDS conference in Amsterdam, we will be meeting with advocacy groups to develop creative actions.

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The Copenhagen Experiment

This is the first ever public experiment on the comparative efficacy and afficacy of artistic activism vs more traditional forms of activist intervention.

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Webinar #26: Social Emergency!

We’re talking with the fantastic Kenneth Bailey, lead at The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI).

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

Part 2 of one of our most popular webinars with scholar/activist Jan Cohen-Cruz and Executive Director Deborah Fisher from A Blade of Grass (ABOG)

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Webinar #24 Art Action Profiles

Two of our 2017 Artistic Activism grantees, Arian Kajtezovic of Croatia and Kate McGrew of Ireland, talk about TRANSummer Camp, A Day in the Life of An Escort and their other projects.

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The C4AA is withdrawing from Facebook

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The C4AA Artistic Activism Grants 2017!

Last year, we were able to give out grants to some of the thousand-ish C4AA workshop alumni. These

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Creative Action Accelerator

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Webinar #19: How Change Happens: Artistic Activism’s Theory of Change

How Change Happens: Artistic Activism’s Theory of Change Behind all successful transformative action is a Theory of Change.

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

  This is one of our most popular webinars. We’re sorry if you missed it happening live, but

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Why Give to C4AA?

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

In this webinar, Steve Lambert has a great talk with Terry about how he uses satire, story, surrealism,

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Webinar: Guerrilla Futures

Our new webinar season launched December 1st, 2017 with Stuart Candy and Jake Dunagan of Guerrilla Futures. They

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

On November 8 – 10, 2017 C4AA was invited to present to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg

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West Africa Training in December

West Africa Art Action Academy December 17 – 21, 2017 OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa), C4AA

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Steve Lambert talks C4AA at Eyeo 2017

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Lessons From Utopia

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Applications Are Open! Art Action Academy at the Queens Museum

Many artists want to create work that has a social impact. Unfortunately, organizing a successful social-change campaign is

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Artistic Action: Sex Worker Rights in Dublin

As part of our Arts Action Academy in December 2016 in Dublin, sex workers, artists and activists created and

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5 Ways to Up Your Artistic Action Game

Here are 5 things you can do if you want to make change in the world: 1. Steal

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Apply for the Johannesburg Art Action Academy

Are you an artist or creative practitioner interested in challenging public perceptions about sex work in South Africa?

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The Creators Project Recommends C4AA to Artists

The fantastic Creators Project just posted a new story on us: “Need More Activism in Your Art? Look

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Give the Gift of Artistic Activism

Give your friends or family a can of Whoop Ass or Canned Do Spirit! Your gift will support

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C4AA’s Steve Lambert talks Artistic Activism on Al Jazeera

Steve Lambert was a panelist in-studio on Al Jazeera’s The Stream on Monday and Tuesday’s show. It aired

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Support Artistic Activism on Giving Tuesday

“Giving Tuesday” is a great reminder to donate your time and money to groups you love. If you

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Rebecca Bray joins the C4AA

We’re growing! We’re excited to announce our new manager, Rebecca Bray. Rebecca joins us from the Smithsonian National Museum

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Letters From Home

This project came out of our recent Arts Action Academy at the Queens Museum. It was conceived of

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Special Post-Election Training

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Steve Lambert on Rushkoff’s Team Human

The C4AA’s Steve Lambert was on Douglas Rushkoff’s podcast, Team Human. Listen to them discuss art, activism, dreams,

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Open Call: Art Action Academy in Dublin

ARE YOU AN ARTIST OR CREATIVE PRACTITIONER BASED IN EUROPE? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CHALLENGING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS ABOUT

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C4AA and SWEAT at 2016AIDS Conference

This short video includes some of the work the C4AA collaborated on with the Sex Work Education and

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OPEN CALL: Arts Action Academy at Queens Museum

You all probably know that we here at the  Center for Artistic Activism regularly train Activists to create

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School for Creative Activism in Berlin – THE MOVIE!

In October 2015, in collaboration with Transgender Europe (TGEU) and funded by Open Society Foundations, we travelled to

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C4AA funded by the Rubin Foundation

We’re extremely proud and excited to announce that we are among one of the first 46 initiatives to

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C4AA Global Fellows Announced

We are delighted to announce that we now have three Center for Artistic Activism “Global Fellows,” who are sponsored by

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We need money for lasers!

You probably know us for the workshops we run around the world, like our work this year with

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School for Creative Activism Berlin Participants Put a Trans Mark on the City!

Last month, in collaboration with Trans Gender Europe (TGEU) and funded by Open Society Foundations, we travelled to

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Creative Time Summit Coming Up

Coming up in November, Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe will be delivering a Center for Artistic Activism workshop at

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Humanity in Action

Last Saturday, October 17th, Steve and Steve gave the opening remarks and presented a workshop at Humanity in Action’s

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School for Creative Activism: Berlin Participants Announced

Hallo! Wie geht es dir? We’re good, thanks for asking, and we’re in Berlin about to start our

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Call for Applications – School for Creative Activism: Advocacy Campaigns to Support Trans Activism in Europe

The Center for Artistic Activism invites trans activists and artists to apply to participate in 4-day School for

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Duncombe and Lambert Keynote at Creative Catalyst

CREATIVE CATALYST SYMPOSIUM ON ART & SOCIAL INNOVATION TORONTO, JUNE 11-12, 2015 Creative Catalyst brings together Canadian artists,

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We Take Over the Perceiving Freedom Sculpture in Cape Town

Working with several advocates for the decriminalization of sex work, we took over the controversial sculpture “Perceiving Freedom”

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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

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Our New Podcast! The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions

A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad

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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

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2014 SCA Barcelona Participants

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Photos from the School for Creative Activism Barcelona

The School for Creative Activism went to Barcelona to work with activists working on access to medicines. They

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“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

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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

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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.

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Call for Applications School for Creative Activism: Advocacy Campaigns to Challenge High Medicines Prices

We’re pleased to announce a call for applications to a School for Creative Activism training session taking place

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The Ark: Faith Leaders at Climate Change

CAA had the privilege of working with faith leaders, activists, and community organizers last spring for a collaboration

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Open Engagement 2015: Call for Submissions

A Blade of Grass is pleased to announce      Open Engagement 2015 From April 17–19, 2015, Open Engagement will

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Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

Our good friends and supporters at Blade of Grass are calling for applications for fellowships. Here’s the skinny:

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Sporatorium—THIS SUNDAY

Makers and re-makers, thinkers and rethinkers, composers and decomposers: It’s time to wrestle with climate change. This September,

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CAA working in St. Petersburg, Russia

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert are in St. Petersburg for workshop called “Artistic Activism in the Urban Environment”

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Photos from our action in Macedonia.

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Media Impact Workshop participants announced!

We are excited to announce the next round of participants in our workshop in St. Petersburg – a

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CAA, YesLab, and Beautiful Trouble work on Action Switchboard

On Feb. 8-9, 2014, the Yes Lab, the Center for Artistic Activism, and Beautiful Trouble conducted a workshop

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In-Depth Interview with CAA Directors

Get inside the heads of CAA’s co-directors Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert through their interview with we “We Make

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Lecture on Creative Activism from Co-Founder Stephen Duncombe

CAA Co-Founder Stephen Duncombe’s lecture on Creative Activism from an event in Copenhagen, Denmark has been immortalized on

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Next Weekend–Creative Activist Training in NYC

ONE WEEKEND ONLY! Beautiful Trouble, The Yes Lab (via The Yes Men), and Center For Artistic Activism are

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Photos from Arts Action Academy at PSU’s Social Practice Arts program

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Help our friends The YES MEN double their Funds for an AMAZING Project

The Yes Men have ONE MORE WEEK to reach their $75,000 fundraising goal so that The Kindle Project

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Photos from Changin’ Sctotland

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A Visit from Jay-Z? Imagining a Win with Pakistani Visual Artists

Midway through a workshop on creative activism the morning of November 22, a group of Pakistani visual artists

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Gerry Hassan: Time for some fun with our politics — The Scotsman

Article in the Sunday Scotsman about the School for Creative Activism working overseas with Changin’ Scotland.  22 November 2013

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Photos from School of Creative Activism the Lone Star State

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“Changin Scotland”

CAA recently headed to Scotland for “Changin Scotland,” a weekend workshop run by Gerry Hassan, Jean Urquhart, and

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Clamor Magazine–Help Bring the “DIY Guide to Everyday Revolution” ONLINE!

The Clamor Magazine archive is now available digitally—Can you help us make it more accessible? Clamor co-founder Jason

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Attention San Francisco/Bay Area Activists: Artistic Activism Panel Discussion

Just wanted to share an awesome event happening in the San Francisco/Bay area on NOVEMBER 11, 2013: ATTENTION ALL SAN

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Call for Entries: Exuberant Politics Exhibition

Exuberant Politics Exhibition Call for Entries Deadline: December 15, 2013 Send your revolutionary manifesto, your conceptual social sculpture,

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Trading in Rifles for Art Supplies

Check out two amazing projects from some of the folks we worked with in Chicago focusing on Veteran-Artists.

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New Article – Activist Art: Does it Work?

Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert have a new article in Open! Magazine. Activist Art: Does it Work? The

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Grants for Socially Engaged Artists and Organizations (a blade of grass)

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2013 Lone Star State School for Creative Activism participants announced

Marianela Acuña Arreaza Marianela is a budding community organizer, social researcher and educator. She was born and raised in Venezuela,

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Activists: Four 20 minute steps for online privacy and security

The recent reports on the spying programs of phone records and internet activity is unsettling, but no surprise

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2013 IVAW School for Creative Activism participants announced

The Center for Artistic Activism is proud to hold a School for Creative Activism with Iraq Veterans Against

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CAA’s Larry Bogad TEDx talk – Tactical Performance: Thinking Theatrically for Powerful Protest

Larry Bogad is an author, artist, and professor of political performance at U.C. Davis. In this talk he

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I and We: Collective Movement for Beginners, Workshop presented by Robby Herbst

From some friends of the Center for Artistic Activism: What is Collective Identity? Sociologist Alberto Melucci suggests that

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Photos from School for Creative Activism, New York 2013

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2013 SCA New York Participants Announced!

Linda Sarsour Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American community activist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently

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New video: What is The School for Creative Activism?

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Event: Paul Engler @ Creative Activism Thursdays

  Thursday, May 2nd; 7 PM NYU Tisch, Performance Studies Dept. 721 Broadway, 6th Floor FREE Photo ID

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Not An Alternative: Internship Opportunity

Not An Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of

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Event: Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:30pm | Room 9206 Center for the Humanities The Graduate Center, CUNY 365

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Hands-on Workshop TOMORROW!

Attention New Yorkers!  This event is FREE and open to the public.  Please join us as we meet

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Tonight! Leonidas Martin at Harvard School of Design

Monday, April 1 12:00 – 2:00 PM Stubbins (Room 112), Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA A

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SCA Application Deadline EXTENDED

We’ve received a lot of pleas for extensions, and we get it.  You’re really, really busy.  We’re extending

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SCA Kenya Participants Announced

Mohamed Awadh Aboud Mohamed is the proud father of two daughters. He is an outreach worker with the

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School for Creative Activism Applications Now Being Accepted

For Immediate Release Contact: manager at artisticactivism-dot-org APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE ACTIVISM NOW BEING ACCEPTED Download

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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

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The Aesthetics of Doing: Ethics

Join us as we attend… The Aesthetics of Doing: Ethics A Panel Discussion from A Blade of Grass

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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

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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

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L.M. Bogad to Perform Economusic at NYU

Larry Bogad’s ECONOMUSIC Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 7-9pm Presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Larry

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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

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New Yorkers: Help us support WBAI!

WBAI Silent Benefit Art Auction – RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm WBAI ART AUCTION Online Bidding until Dec.

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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

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MediaImpact: International Festival of Activist Art

  MediaImpact: International Festival of Activist Art Festival presentation, talks and debates 16 November 2012, 7:00pm 34 Stuyvesant

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Occupy Faith SCA Participants Announced

Michael Ellick Rev. Michael Ellick is the Minister of Judson Memorial Church, and one of the founders of

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Houston SCA Participants Announced

Tarsha Jackson Tarsha began organizing around prison reform in 2003 when her 11-year-old, mentally ill son was sentenced

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Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy – free PDF

 Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy by CAA co-director Stephen Duncombe is now a  free

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Indie Comix 4 All

A New York Comic Con Special Event Sponsored by the Center for Artistic Activism Hosted by School for

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Stephen Duncombe @ Creative Activism Thursdays

From our friends at the YesLabs@Hemispheric Institute: Creative Activism Thursdays Presents Stephen Duncombe, October 11th, 2012 at 7PM

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smArtAction: A estudiar y a luchar!

  On November 6th, Stephen Duncombe will present a special program as part of smArtAction, a student-led art

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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

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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

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SCA Boston Attendees Announced

Michael Young “Michael coordinates the Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative (TFOC), a network of 28 grassroots organizations in 24

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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

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SCA Austin Participants Announced

CAA is excited to introduce the participants for the first School for Creative Activism of 2012, held over

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How to End Evil: 5 Days of Art and Activism

http://vimeo.com/37311580   Friends of CAA are hosting a huge gathering of artistic activists in Barcelona from March 27-31.

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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

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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

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“‘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

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The CAA Announces West Coast Branch

MEDIA ALERT Contact: Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe directors at artistic activism.org CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM LAUNCHES WEST

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NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group

MEDIA ALERT Contact:  Stephen Duncombe sd47 at nyu.edu NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group Awarded 10K Funding For

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The CAA supports Beautiful Trouble. Will you?

Beautiful Trouble will be a book & web toolbox that puts the best ideas and tactics of creative

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SCA New York participants announced

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in New

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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

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SCA North Carolina Participants Announced

The School for Creative Activism is excited to announce the participants of our 2011 workshop training in Mebane,

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Q&A with the Art Newspaper

We were asked these questions by the folks at The Art Newspaper… Is political art more relevant today?

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Creative Activism Recieves Soros Grant

MEDIA ALERT Funds Awarded to Support Artists and Activists Working Together in “School for Creative Activism” Stephen Duncombe

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