The School for Creative Activism is a participatory workshop infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity.
Hosting The School for Creative Activism
To bring the SCA to your community contact the Center for Artistic Activism directly.
What is The School for Creative Activism?
Working directly with organizers and community actors, the SCA leverages the strengths of grassroots activism and the attention grabbing and complex messaging of art through a curriculum designed to:
- Teach cultural tactics and creative strategies employed effectively by organizers in the past.
- Recognize and draw upon the cultural resources and creative talents residing within individuals, organizations, and communities in the present.
- Collectively run scenarios and plan campaigns that utilize culture and creativity.
- Build a network of organizers and artists using a model of creative organizing more effective in our media-saturated, spectacle-savvy world.
The first rule of activism is to know the terrain and use it to your advantage and the current political topography is one of symbols and signs, images and expressions. This is the avant-garde of activism today. From small community organizations to international NGOs, visionary activists are looking to broaden their base of appeal and the reach of their message by employing culture alongside more traditional organizing practices. Our training will help these organizations use innovative and creative ways to engage politics.
The SCA is not just about ‘better messaging,’ our goal is more effective organizing. Our curriculum updates the activist tool-kit through the reimagination and reconfiguration of tactics, strategy and organization in such a way that creativity and culture factors into every plan and every action.
The SCA is the only training school that offers a broad-based education focused on the organizers themselves; teaching overarching principles, perspectives, and skills of creative activism that they can apply to their own campaigns. Innovation is required: we don’t just provide tactics, we teach a proven methodology for developing creative campaigns. In addition, the SCA is run by a practicing political artist and a recognized cultural theorist, both with extensive teaching experience.
To date we have worked with over 500 activists and artists from across the United States, in 11 Countries, and 4 Continents.
In October 2015, in collaboration with Transgender Europe (TGEU) and funded by Open Society Foundations, we traveled to Berlin to carry out a School for Creative Activism. We made a short movie to give you a bit more of an insight in exactly what goes on during our workshops. Enjoy!
In 2013 we were in Macedonia, working with LGBTQ and Roma-right activists, and we asked them what they expected and what they got out of our workshop. Here’s what they had to say
The School of Creative Activism was developed by a generous grant from The Democracy and Power Fund of the Open Society Foundations (formerly Open Society Institute).
Read what SCA Participants have to say
2014 – Skopje, Macedonia. Training LGBT and AIDS activists from Macedonia. 5 day workshop, March 17-22. Scheduled 2013 – Glasgow, Scotland. Training Changin’ Scotland, a pro-democracy group organizing around Scotland’s upcoming independence referendum. Weekend workshop, Nov 1-3. 2013 – San Antonio TX. Training undocumented youth immigration activists. Weekend workshop, September 13-15. 2013 – Chicago IL. […]