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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: An Act of Collective Imagination (Experimental Arts Series)

When Feb 22, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room
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Adam Horowitz

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: An Act of Collective Imagination

Join Adam Horowitz for a lively presentation and discussion about the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Part large-scale performance, part community organizing initiative, the USDAC has engaged more than 10,000 participants in live, participatory events in 40 states since its launch two years ago, enacting collective action-research into questions such as:

•             How can we shift art and culture from the margins to the center of civil society, given their true value and support as catalysts for social transformation?

•             What would it look like to perform the USDAC as both a playful work of collaborative art and as a serious vehicle for community-building, field-building, and movement-building?

•             How might we invite artists and non-artists alike to step up as cultural organizers, generating momentum for programs and policies that help shift ours from a society of consumers to a society of creators?

In this talk, Horowitz (USDAC Chief Instigator) will share more about the why, what, who, and how of this people-powered department through stories, images, video, and lessons learned from two years of antics. You'll also learn about what lies ahead and how to get involved in this movement for cultural democracy. For more info about the USDAC, visit www.usdac.us.