REGARDING THE ROLE OF ART AND CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL AND POLITICAL MOVEMENTS
|JUNE 22-26, 2 0 1 0
field trip to the US Social Forum and an invite to consider the role of art and culure in contemporary social and political movements.
Participating in Detroit
For the Social Forum, we provide below a long and a short description:
Short: An open debate about the role of art in the development of diverse social movements and the relation between cultural and artistic work, institutions, and political struggle.
Long: Creativity is important to all vital social movements. With arts and humanities funding cuts in schools and universities, culture is an important site of struggle. The perception among many is that "artist" is not an inclusive category, but one that maintains gender, class, and racial divisions. Gentrification and urban revitalization schemes geared toward the 'creative class' have introduced confusion about the role of engaged art and artists in the city. This has elevated the profile of cultural producers while debilitating artists from picturing their potential role in contemporary struggles. This workshop will seek to answer the questions:
What is and can be the role of culture and art within a context of mounting political, social, and ecological challenges?
Individuals from artistic, academic, activist, and community organizing groups will be invited to give responses to these questions. This will ground an open dialogue and debate about the role of art and creativity in the development of diverse social movements.
This part of our participation will depend on the contributions of all of those who wish to join us virtually and literally. More discussion of this event will develop as those who are interested in our project contact us-- we have some ideas for how to frame our discussion but want to leave it open to the contributions of our various collaborators on the day of the event.
For those who would like to participate in this conversation, but not able to come to Detroit, please see the next section.
For those who would like to watch the event, we will be participating in "detroit expanded" which is an attempt to bring this year's Social Forum to thousands of people who cannot come. For updates on how you might be able the conversation live online, please check: