The Radical, Online Vulnerability of SARK
It can be easy to be honest on the Internet, but to be earnest and sincere is somehow tougher, and yet: SARK--aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy--has turned her creative companion workbooks, self-discovery journeys, and emotional openness into a rainbow-emblazoned digital empire. But don't let the bright colors fool you; she explores heavy topics and real issues.
REVOLT C-Suite: Marvin Bing, From Orphan To Art Activist
Read this: Fantastic interview with Marvin Bing--creative director at Amnesty International's Art for Amnesty program--who is a tireless advocate for the arts as a means to engage individuals and communities and enact powerful social, political, and cultural change.
A Year Later in Charleston, ‘Citizen’ Breaks the Silence
It's been nearly a year since Charleston lost nine churchgoing citizens to the hand of a gun-wielding racist, and the city is still recovering. Sharon Graci, artistic director of PURE Theater, believes that art can and should make a difference in the healing process; that silence is not an option; and that a staging of Claudia Rankine's own Citizen offers the opportunity for a much-needed conversation.
The Conflict Around Diversity at the American Alliance of Museums
On May 26th through 29th, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., with the topical and timeless theme: Power, Influence, and Responsibility. With a focus on how museums in the United States and around the world can "use their power to advance society and how they can better address the issue of social inequality," it offered the opportunity for important conversations; AAM Fellow Seph Rodney started some, and observed others.
How Baltimore Photographer Devin Allen Used Instagram to Make a Difference
Photographer Devin Allen was "just a kid from the hood with a camera" documenting his hometown, until his powerful images of protests following Freddie Gray's death--culminating in a black-and-white Time Magazine cover--thrust him into the spotlight. Now, he's using his influence to give the city's youth an opportunity to capture what they see, introduce the world at large to his world, and his vision--and live out his own dreams in the process.
Green Light: An Artistic Workshop on the Refugee Crisis in Europe
Green Light: An Artistic Workshop is a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist and designer Olafur Eliasson and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21), a Vienna-based organization dedicated to experimental creative projects. The workshop---which runs through June 5th, 2016--invites refugees, migrants, and university students to collaborate on building lamp modules.
How the Artisan Sector Can Change the World
On World Fair Trade Day this year (May 14th), Indego Africa--a nonprofit organization and design company dedicated to empowering artisan women in Africa--shared their goals for supporting artisans in Rwanda and Ghana. By bringing their products to a global audience--and paying them a solid income--these creative locals, often women, can help their communities grow responsibly.
Artist Corrects Inaccuracies At The George W. Bush Library With Augmented Reality
George W. Bush left a highly controversial legacy behind following his tumultuous eight years in office as commander in chief. In an effort to offer a more balanced take on history as it is presented at his Presidential Library in Dallas, artist Ellen Chenowith created an augmented reality experience to supplement the information on offer; visitors simply download a free app from Layar, point their smartphone at ten "trigger images," and see this additional visual and textual context.
“Art Is a Demanding Mistress”: Carrie Mae Weems Delivers a Poetic Commencement Speech
On May 18th, visual artist (and Art of Change Fellow) Carrie Mae Weems spoke to the 2016 graduates of New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA), offering a meditation on life, and what it means to live it as a creative person and working artist in our country that is facing fundamental shifts on social, political, and cultural levels.