Great article on Slate:
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and “out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if we have good ideas, we will succeed.
It’s all a lie. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along: People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.
Read the rest on the Slate site.
Midway through a workshop on creative activism the morning of November 22, a group of Pakistani visual artists visiting NYU got some surprising news: Jay-Z had heard they were in the States, and had requested that they perform with him in a music video, as backup singers……..
We recently hosted a group of Pakistani Visual Artists through the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad’s Art for Social Change two-week exchange. To continuing reading all about our invigorating session on creative activism, click here.
Article in the Sunday Scotsman about the School for Creative Activism working overseas with Changin’ Scotland. 22 November 2013
Radicals, leave dogma at the door – embrace a sense of playfulness and dare to dream of a better Scotland, writes Gerry Hassan
To many of the tribes and partisans who inhabit our public life, all that matters is the contest and defeating their opponents. Democracy and politics in this mindset are in fine working order, beyond the difficulty of trying to get your own way. (more…)
CAA recently headed to Scotland for “Changin Scotland,” a weekend workshop run by Gerry Hassan, Jean Urquhart, and an independent MSP. Hansen has written two articles describing the experience and discoveries about “imagining a win” and daring to dream bigger. To hear more about his experience check out the two links below:
Scotsman, Nov 19th:
Open Democracy, Nov 13th:
Thanks for sharing your experience Gerry!
Clamor co-founder Jason Kucsma and I are working on making all of the print content available and searchable through a new web portal. We’ve already digitized the print magazines, and though everything is online now, we still have some work to do to make it an accessible collection for readers, researchers, and enthusiasts. Can’t wait for the new portal? You can view the magazine collection on the Internet Archive here.
We need your help to see this project through. We hope that you will consider making a small donation to make this possible. Read on for for more about why we’re digitizing the magazine, and why we need your help.
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Clamor Magazine, 1999-2006
Clamor Magazine existed as a movement publication from 1999 to 2006. For many activists, this was a formative period in our lives, including the Seattle WTO protests, September 11, and the Bush Administration. We printed work from over 800 writers, artists, and photographers.
In the early 2000s, magazine publishers, especially independent publishers, were just starting to figure out how to combine online content with existing print magazines. Because of this, very little content from Clamor is online.
In preparing for this project, we spent a lot of time with the old issues. I’ve always been proud of how Clamor provided a platform for hundreds of new voices, but looking through the magazines again I am once again impressed with the quality of the magazine. There are so many stellar contributions, including in-depth discussions of issues that are relevant today. This work is important not just as a historic (or nostalgic) document, but because it provides context for current and ongoing struggles.
Earlier this year, we worked with the non-profit Internet Archive to digitize the entire print run of the magazine – 38 regular issues and two special editions.
Clamor is now completely available online. You can access the archive directly here.
The Internet Archive provides an amazing service, but digitizing the print issues is only the first step. We need to build a user interface that will allow anyone on the web to find the content through a search. All of those 800 contributors – how do we know which issue they are in? Which issue has the Boots Riley and Studs Terkel interviews? Where is that thing Naomi Klein wrote? Which issues feature Andy Stern’s stunning photography? Though everything is online now, there is no way to search it.
This project will make it all available and easier to find for anyone doing a casual internet search for the individuals, organizations, or key concepts featured in the magazine.
We need your help to make the digital archive accessible.
This new portal will make all of the content of the entire run of Clamor easily searchable and available online for free. It will replace the existing content at Clamormagazine.org and will be designed and built by Derek Hogue of Amphibian Design, who created and managed the original Clamor website as a dedicated volunteer (for seven years!).
The new site will launch in March 2014.
We anticipate spending $3,000 on this project, which will pay for programming and web development to make search possible as well as the new user interface, labor for data entry, and the cost of digitizing the magazine through the Internet Archive.
The goal of Clamor was to support and amplify new voices. After paying all the expenses we will make a donation to Allied Media Projects and the Allied Media Conference to continue this important work.
Please consider making a donation here:
Just wanted to share an awesome event happening in the San Francisco/Bay area on NOVEMBER 11, 2013:
ATTENTION ALL SAN FRANCISCO/BAY AREA ARTISTS/ACTIVISTS:
Please join us for an evening panel discussion,
The Art of Resistance: Intersections & Alliances through Artivism
featuring art activists:
Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana graphic artist whose work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils. She is best known, however, for her prolific political screen prints and posters which have been used by movements across the globe. Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples. Melanie is co-founder of the Oakland-based arts collaboration, Dignidad Rebelde.
Julio Salgado is a queer Mexican-born artist who grew up in Long Beach, California. Salgado uses his illustrations and poster work to empower undocumented and queer people by helping share their story, thus putting a human face to the issue. He has worked on various art projects that address anti-immigrant discourse, the issues of what it means to be undocumented, what it means to be undocu-queer and continually defy the good-immigrant narrative. Salgado received a BA in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn based oil painter / illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and social/political themes. An Oklahoma City native, she exhibits her paintings in galleries nationally, while completing illustration commissions for magazines, films, and books. Also a public artist, she completed several large scale murals before beginning her current project, Stop Telling Women to Smile, a series of work that addresses gender based street harassment. She is currently traveling with the project, creating a national movement around street harassment through the use of art as a tool for social change. You can view her work at http://tlynnfaz.com, and follow her at http://twitter.com/fazlaliz
Ruben DeLuna is a Flash animator, illustrator and Cartoonist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently Animation Director at Free Range Studios. Since joining Free Range in 2005, Ruben’s biggest claim to fame may be as the illustrator behind The Story of Stuff series. He has also overseen and provided animation work on projects for the Alliance for Climate Education, AutoDesk’s Sustainability Workshop, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fair Trade USA, The Kaiser Family Foundation, D.C. Water, The Meatrix 2½, Gorilla in the Greenhouse, Sam Suds and the Case of PVC, the Poison Plastic, Better World Books, and 350.org.
Crystal Clarity is an illustrator, muralist, and teaching artist born, raised, and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit, and inner city life. Clarity has worked with several pioneering non-profit organizations serving local communities through dynamic youth programs.
This discussion will focus on the struggles of individuals and communities across a range of social justice issues. Art activists will explore the role that art has and continues to play as a medium and means for resistance, change and creation of alternatives rooted in equity, justice and sustainability. Artivists will also explore the parallels and intersections of justice based struggles and examine opportunities for deeper, more dynamic forms of creative resistance and solidarity between and across struggles.
A reception will follow the Art of Resistance panel discussion at 8pm and will feature a LIVE performance by Climbing Poetree, Almas Fronterizas and spinning by artivist DJ Willie Maze!
Both events will be held onboard the Rainbow Warrior ship, Pier 17 at the SF waterfront
Panel Discussion starts at 6pm
Artivist Reception starts at 8:30pm
Exuberant Politics Exhibition
Call for Entries Deadline: December 15, 2013
Send your revolutionary manifesto, your conceptual social sculpture, your political poems, your utopian films and videos, your musical anthems. Enter your political rally poster, your activist website, your play, performance, print, painting or puppet in the show “Exuberant Politics.”
EP celebrates the intersection of art and activism in new forms of creative direct action and organizing, street theater and the art of protest, and social justice political activism.
You or your groups’ artistic political “exuberance” can be expressed in any format, medium or size, but be aware that there is limited floor/wall space in our galleries. We may choose to recognize selected off-site proposals and projects, so please consider a proposal to organize an “exuberant” event in your backyard, neighborhood or locale.
How to Submit
Interested artists should submit a one-page description of the work (pdf or paper) and supporting materials (up to three links, images, videos or other documents). Entries will not be returned, so please send a copy.
Email submissions to:
exuberantpolitics (at) gmail (dot) com
or send by mail to:
120 N. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52245.
The call for entries closes at midnight on Dec. 15, 2013. Participants will be notified by Feb. 3, 2014.
Submissions that cannot be accommodated in our galleries may be included in a booklet and displayed at the exhibition.
Shipping of accepted work to PS-Z is the responsibility of artist unless otherwise negotiated. PS-Z (or other) will pay for return shipping of all exhibited works.
The show will open at PS-Z in Iowa City and Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids in March 2014, with site-specific performances and other live events scheduled throughout the month.
Check out two amazing projects from some of the folks we worked with in Chicago focusing on Veteran-Artists.
THE DIRTY CANTEEN DOCUMENTARY
The Dirty Canteen Documentary will focus on Veteran-Artists who have taken on the mission of storytelling by trading in their rifles and rucksacks for art supplies. This documentary will explore the lives and work of 11 veteran artists, and how art has helped reshape their individual experiences in the military. With your help, The Dirty Canteen will share stories of reintegration and adaptation to life back at home, after being forever changed by their military experience. Please help us tell their story
THE ART OF WAR – NATIONAL VETERANS ART MUSEUM VETERANS DAY APPEAL
As Veterans Day approaches, I have been thinking about how to raise awareness and some funds for our Veterans Community – specifically for the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM). The National Veterans Art Museum houses more than 2,500 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry and music. All works in the Museum’s permanent collection were created by artists who are veterans of American conflicts. The artwork showcased at the museum provides unique viewpoint on the controversial subject of war to all. It is a tenuous and reflective balance of beauty and horror, giving unique insight into the psyche of combat veterans and consequential hindsight war leaves on its survivors.