CAA 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 School of Creative Activism is a participatory workshop infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity. The School was founded by the Center for Artistic Activism in 2010 and held two successful workshops for activists in the New York area and North Carolina. In recognition of the workshops’ successes, the Open Society Foundations nearly doubled their funding from 2010 to support continued curricular development and organizer training in SCA workshops over the 2011-2012 year. Upcoming workshops will be held throughout the U.S. Locations and calls for participants will be announced in the coming months.
We’ve enjoyed looking back on last year’s successes as we prepare for upcoming workshops with a new class of artistic activists. Check out some of the testimonials
from last year’s participants.
“This was an incredibly inspiring weekend for me. [It pulled] together long disparate threads of creativity and justice action into a kind of “a ha” moment. Seeing the history and theory of this kind of work opened up a Pandora’s Box inside my brain. I pledge never to be bored with activism again.”
Featured Interview: SCA Alumnus Donovan McKnight
This month we’re featuring our interview with creative activist Donovan McKnight. We met McKnight last Spring when he participated in our School for Creative Activism in North Carolina. McKnight is the co-director of Face to Face Greensboro, a community advocacy organization that promotes grassroots change through old-fashioned, face-to-face dialogue. We caught up with him recently, after he and his colleagues staged a huge event called Show of Hands 2011, a city-wide party to foster community and increase voter participation.
We’re gratified and inspired by all of the positive feedback we’ve received about our work over the last year. 2012 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for us, as well as for activist communities throughout the world. Keep checking our website for updates and let us know what you’re working on by leaving comments on the Artistic Activism site.
Steve Lambert and Stephen Duncombe