Table to Action Project–Atlanta is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Center for Artistic Activism designed to enrich work for LGBTQ and racial justice supported by communities of faith and moral courage with innovative tactics and strategies to reach new audiences. Join us next month for The School for Creative Activism, 24-27 September 2015.
The School for Creative Activism is a workshop for Atlanta-area community leaders, artist-activists, and inspired trouble-makers focused on infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity. It will be held at The Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307. Schedule includes:
Thurs. Dinner Party 6-9 | Fri. Work 9-6 & Play 6-9 | Sat. Work 9-6
Sun. Work 9-11, Action 11-1:30 & Fun 1:30-3
We hope you will apply.
We believe there is an art to every practice, and we take the art of political activism seriously. As in guerrilla warfare, we must know the terrain and use it to our advantage. Today’s political landscape includes the ephemeral ground of signs and symbols, stories and spectacle. In order to be effective, political activism must harness the power of creativity and culture. Unfortunately, many activists are discouraged from applying creativity to the "serious business" of politics. We believe this to be a critical mistake.
Over the course of the weekend of 24-27 September, participants will share ideas, discuss work, learn from one another, and discover together more creative and effective activist practices. At the conclusion of the weekend (Sunday morning), we will put those ideas into motion on a small-scale public action. All Table to Action dinner fellows are asked to invite members of their various constituencies to join us in a direct action that Sunday.
Participation requires a commitment to remaining fully engaged for the entire weekend—from Thursday evening through Sunday morning (barring emergency, of course). Participants will receive a small stipend in appreciation for their time. At the end of our work together, we will share a toolkit of creative tactics and strategies for use in future collective actions and creative campaigns.
We look to convene a diverse group of experienced grassroots organizers and faith leaders who are committed to engaging communities of faith and moral courage at the intersection of LGBTIQ and Racial Justice. If you have further questions, please contact TAP-ATL co-organizer Melvin Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLY NOW! Deadline: 30 AUGUST 2015
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM
Founded and directed by Stephen Duncombe, a professor at New York University and long-time activist, and Steve Lambert, a professor at SUNY Purchase and recognized political artist, the School for Creative Activism is a participatory workshop infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity. Working directly with community organizers and local artists, the SCA leverages the strengths of grassroots activism and the attention grabbing and complex messaging of the world of art through a curriculum designed to:
- Identify cultural tactics and creative strategies employed effectively by organizers in the past.
- Recognize and draw upon the cultural resources and creative talents residing within individuals, organizations, and communities in the present.
- Collectively run scenarios and plan campaigns that utilize culture and creativity.
- Build a network of organizers and artists using a model of creative organizing more effective in our media-saturated, spectacle-savvy world.
The workshop is context-sensitive and driven by the cultural expertise of the participants - that is, we work with activists on a diverse range of political issues and from regions throughout the U.S. We teach tactics and techniques, but we expect you to be the experts on the politics of your campaign issue and the cultural terrain in which you work.
Participants are expected to meet regularly immediately following the weekend workshop in order to put our curriculum to work. With structured support from SCA staff, groups will implement their new skills and hit the streets with a modest creative action within one month. We don’t expect or even want these actions to be perfect. We believe that that the most effective activist work is honed through the creative process – one of trial and error, critique and revision. These actions should serve as a foundation for a more sustained – and increasingly effective – activist campaign.
If this seems like a big commitment, that’s because it is. All participants will be offered a small honorarium to support your participation and cover the costs of childcare, travel expenses, or whatever else you need in order to make this work happen.
ABOUT DUNCOMBE & LAMBERT
Stephen Duncombe received his PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York and is currently a professor at New York University where he teaches the history and politics of media and culture. He is the author and editor of six books, including Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and the Cultural Resistance Reader. A lifelong political activist, he co-founded the community activist group, the Lower East Side Collective, and worked as a key organizer for the New York City chapter of the international direct-action group Reclaim the Streets. Stephen is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism. stephenduncombe.com
For Steve Lambert art is a bridge that connects uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life. In 2008 Lambert worked with hundreds of people on "The New York Times Special Edition,” a utopian version of the paper announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In 2011 he built a 20 x 9 foot sign that reads CAPITALISM WORKS FOR ME!, allows passers by to vote TRUE or FALSE, and is touring it across the United States. His work has been shown everywhere from marches to museums both nationally and internationally, has appeared in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of numerous museums and cultural institutions. He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is currently a professor of new media at SUNY Purchase. He dropped out of high school in 1993 and picked up an MFA in Art in 2006. Steve is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism. visitsteve.com