Art of Change Fellow Amitav Ghosh Answers Your Questions on Climate Change and Creativity
On January 12th, the Ford Foundation hosted a live chat on Facebook with novelist and Art of Change Fellow Amitav Ghosh. The renowned Ibis Trilogy author has spent time during his yearlong fellowship to examine the intersections between literature and climate change, which he feels is the most important issue of our time. "But the subject has only a minor and marginal presence within the arts and literature," he said. "The same is true of politics: people around the world turn out in hundreds of thousands for issues related to identity, belief and so on. Yet they seem to be indifferent to an issue that poses a threat to their very survival."
Art of Change Fellow Deeyah Khan on Using Creativity to Combat Extremist Movements
Art of Change Fellow Deeyah Khan answers questions for the Art of Change on combatting extremism, social media as creative resistance, and the human side of radicalization. Read Deeyah’s answers below, and then tune in on January 15 to watch the live stream of The Artists of Change–a daylong interactive forum with Khan and the other Fellows presenting about their work.
Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang on Diversity and Equity in the Arts
Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang answers questions for the Art of Change on shifting demographics, diverse voices and representations in all forms of art and media, and why it's important to critique "mainstream" stories. Read David’s answers below, and then tune in on January 15 to watch the live stream of The Artists of Change–a daylong interactive forum with Hwang and the other Fellows presenting about their work.
How Can Literature Teach Us About Climate Change? Join Us for a Facebook Chat With Art of Change Fellow Amitav Ghosh on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30am ET
Join us for a Ford Foundation Facebook chat Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30 am ET. Renowned novelist and Art of Change Fellow Amitav Ghosh will chat with you about literature and climate change.
Art of Change Fellow Pedro Reyes on How Art Can Help Us Win the “Culture War” of Gun Violence
Art of Change Fellow Pedro Reyes answers questions for the Art of Change on how serious issues like gun violence and the drug trade can be understood and addressed through art and play, even where formal political methods have failed. Read Pedro’s answers below, and then tune in on January 15 to watch the live stream of The Artists of Change–a daylong interactive forum with Reyes and the other Fellows presenting about their work.
Art of Change Fellow Amitav Ghosh on How Fiction Miscategorizes Climate Change
Though politicians have “catastrophically failed” at addressing the powerful impact of climate change on our world, author Amitav Ghosh also believes that writers too must also assume some of that blame.
Art of Change Fellow Robert Battle on Dance and Social Justice
The power of dance doesn't just exist in the ability to elicit emotion through choreography, movement and form. As artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Robert Battle--an Art of Change Fellow--implicitly understands the social and political impact of this art form.
Art of Change Fellow Arnold Lehman on the Changing Face of Museum Leadership
Arnold Lehman has been a museum director for four decades. The profession today, he says, "looks exactly like it did nearly a century ago"--that is, dominated by white males. Lehman believes that in order to fully realize the creative potential and artistic impact of these institutions, leadership roles must be filled by a more diverse group.
Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang on the Duality of Art
Big ticket shows like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Hamilton are normalizing multi-racial casting on a very public--and hugely popular--scale; for playwright and Art of Change Fellow David Henry Hwang, this diversity offers the perfect means for the medium to unite the "dual function of expressing difference and commonality at the same moment."