As a culmination of our Art of Change initiative, the Ford Foundation hosted The Artists of Change: Conversations with the Ford Fellows on January 15th, 2016. During this day-long interactive forum, the Art of Change Fellows–13 creative visionaries working at the forefront of art and social change–shared their work and sparked lively conversation with the audience and each other around the ideas they are exploring.

Over the course of the year, the Fellows–Robert Battle, Thelma Golden, Amitav Ghosh, David Henry Hwang, Deeyah Khan, Arnold Lehman, Joy Mboya, Laura Poitras, Bill Rauch, Toshi Reagon, Pedro Reyes, Albie Sachs, and Carrie Mae Weems–have pursued independent projects on critical issues such as surveillance, climate change, drug policy and capitalism, soft power, diversity in the arts, social networks and the power of technology.

Below is a recap of the livestreamed event, with videos of the afternoon split into three separate sections. We will be updating soon with individual, hi-res clips of each discussion from the day. 


Welcome Remarks
Elizabeth Alexander Director, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation


(Not streamed) Exposing the Deep State ​
Laura Poitras Art of Change Fellow
Jay Sanders Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
Moderator
Alexis Frasz Lead Researcher and Strategist, Helicon Collaborative


Building Global Knowledge Networks
Joy Mboya Art of Change Fellow
Moderator
Eungie Joo Art Curator


Challenging Artists to Address Climate Change
Amitav Ghosh Art of Change Fellow (via video)


Investigating Art as Nonverbal Activism
Robert Battle Art of Change Fellow
Albie Sachs Art of Change Fellow (via video)
Moderator Kavita Ramdas Senior Advisor to the President, Ford Foundation


Supporting Civically Engaged Art Practice
Carrie Mae Weems Art of Change Fellow


Fellows Roundtable Q&A
Moderator Bill Rauch Art of Change Fellow


Ketebul Music


Using Technology for Creative Activism
Deeyah Khan Art of Change Fellow
Toshi Reagon Art of Change Fellow
Moderator
Laura Flanders Host, GRITtv


Expanding Our Imagination to Solve Gun Violence
Pedro Reyes Art of Change Fellow
Moderator
Nato Thompson Chief Curator, Creative Time


Examining Culture as a Tool of Power
David Henry Hwang Art of Change Fellow
Moderator
Gady Epstein Media Editor, The Economist


Fellows Roundtable Q&A
Moderator Joy Mboya Art of Change Fellow


Creating Pathways for Diversity in the Cultural Sector
Thelma Golden Art of Change Fellow
Arnold Lehman Art of Change Fellow
Bill Rauch Art of Change Fellow
Moderator
Sandra Jackson-Dumont Chairman, Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Fellows Roundtable Q&A
Moderator Sandra Jackson-Dumont Chairman, Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Closing Remarks
Elizabeth AlexanderDirector, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation


Performance
Toshi Reagon Art of Change Fellow


 In addition, several partner sites hosted public viewings of some or all of the event, along with special local presenters. These were:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Wing Luke Museum, Seattle

Charles Wright Museum, Detroit

Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans

Asian Pacific American Center, Washington D.C.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible event. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ArtofChange.