Art and Social Activism amplifies the voices of socially engaged artists, makers, and designers through festivals, spotlight projects, and a monthly zine.

 

THE FESTIVAL

We promote our community through pop-up festivals that present exhibitions of socially engaged artists, in dialogue with an Activism Market showcasing ethical designers and makers.

WHEN & WHERE

SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 20, 2019
32 Orchard st, New York, NY 10001

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EXHIBITION

The theme for the 2019 festival is Dignity: Care for Each Other and Our Planet. Self-represented artists, small and nomadic galleries were selected following an "Open Call" and thoughtful review process by our curatorial committee. Selected works explore themes of identity, inequality, immigration, forced separation, and environmental degradation. The exhibition aims to inspire reflection, dialogue and action.

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CURATORIAL COMMITTEE, SPEAKERS & ADVISORS

Because of the breadth and sensitivity of the festival's subject matter, we created a curatorial committee, and worked with peer cultural institutions as well as community and social justice organizations in order to incorporate a broad range of ideas and viewpoints.

Meet Committee & Speakers

 

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EVENTS

Our free, public programming aims to spur reflection, dialogue and action.

 
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Exhibition Opening Reception

Wednesday, Sep 25, 6-8PM Join us as we celebrate the socially engaged artists, makers, designers and advocacy organizations participating in the Art and Social Activism Festival

thursday “town hall” discussion series

Thursdays, Sep 26 | Oct 3 | Oct 10 | Oct 17 Each Thursday evening during the festival, we invite audience members, on-site and on-line, to ask questions of community concern to key figures from the arts, advocacy and social service arenas

friday “TAKE ACTION NIGHTS”

Fridays, Oct 11 | Oct 18 Organizational representatives from Citizen Action of New York will share ways to get involved as the 2020 U.S. election approaches, and lead phone-banking sessions and canvas training

saturday “activist performance” series

Saturdays, Sep 28 | Oct 5 | Oct 12 | Oct 19 Join us for evenings of dance, poetry, comedy and film centered around social activism

Participatory Art Workshop Series

Social Practice Artist Julia Rooney leads participants in the creation of a socially engaged art piece to be debuted at the close of the festival

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Activism Market

Wed - Sun | Sept 25 - Oct 20 | 11am - 7pm Socially engaged designers and makers will display their ethical products for sale in an adjacent gallery to the exhibition, creating a visual dialogue with the art works on view

 
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