The momentum going into 2015 is tremendous and we have a lot planned. I recently wrote a small reflection about the difficult coincidence of fundraising during the turbulent and emotional movements in support Eric Garner and Michael Brown. And I’ve been inspired by the incredible work of the artists-activists recently described by writers Jeff Chang, Christian L. Frock, and Ben Davis.
- In January, Jeff Chang’s Who We Be: The Colorization of America is the next book up for our Art & Activism Discussion Club. We’ll be facilitating online and in-person chapter by chapter conversations about art, race, and social change and organizing a public panel discussion with the author.
- In February, we’ll be working with The Present Group to build data for the Bay Area Artist Report, “an online survey and set of visualization tools aimed at shedding light on how visual artists are compensated for their work.”
- In May, we open The Dissidents, the Displaced and the Outliers, a visual arts exhibition curated by Dorothy Santos in collaboration with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Random Parts Gallery. With art work by Erin McElroy, Tom McLoughlin, Eliza Barrios, and COLL.EO, the exhibition will explore the twisted connections between digital privacy and housing security, gentrification and the Bay Area tech economy.
- In July, the Collective Memory: Art & Activism Archive will be looking back at fifty years of alternative Bay Area spaces in collaboration with SOMArts Cultural Center for their exhibition Making a Scene.
Artists and activist continue to be the courageous motor force that brings justice to the fore. Significant cultural and political change feels tangible and imminent. Let’s do this!
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