Artistic activism might be cutting edge but if it doesn’t deliver the goods what good is it? Research into making artistic activism more effective, and affective, is at the core of our work.

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  • The Powers of Art
    The Powers of Art

    Art is powerful. And social scientists can tell us why. A couple years ago, Center for Artistic Activism Executive Director Rebecca Bray started to research what social scientists tell us about the powers of art. She dug into the literature looking at the role art and creativity play in our world. Rebecca wanted to put…

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  • Towards an International Research Co-Lab on Artistic Activism
    Towards an International Research Co-Lab on Artistic Activism

    Last week we held a second meeting to give shape to what we are calling an international research collaboratory (co-lab) on artistic activism. This is an initiative bringing together researchers from the Aoteroa/New Zealand, China, Denmark, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Our collective objective is to generate a…

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  • New publication! Creative vs. conventional activism
    New publication! Creative vs. conventional activism

    Stephen Duncombe and Silas Harrebye’s evidence-based, empirical study demonstrates the effectiveness of creative activism The Copenhagen Experiment: testing the effectiveness of creative vs. conventional forms of activism On a busy bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark, C4AA Co-Founder and Research Director Stephen Duncombe, along with Silas Harrebye, designed and staged a public experiment. They tested the comparative…

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  • How to talk about voter suppression
    How to talk about voter suppression

    How do you talk about voter suppression and election issues without amplifying the doubts and fears seeded by those who benefit from voter suppression? This resource we’ve been sharing with our Unstoppable Voters Project participants. It’s an interview with Anat Shenker-Osorio in Rolling Stone: “There’s a Right and a Wrong Way to Talk About Trump’s…

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  • The Copenhagen Experiment: The Report
    The Copenhagen Experiment: The Report

    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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  • The Copenhagen Experiment
    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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