Art & Activism
Creative ways to get your voice heard.
Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest Is Still Worth Defending
by Madeline Ostranderposted Jul 19, 2013
- We can’t change the world if we can’t even sing together—a star folk singer on what happens if political music dies.
How a Detroit Conference Is Shaping the Future of Feminism
by Dani McClainposted Jul 10, 2013
- For a few short days at the Allied Media Conference, change makers immerse themselves in the world they’d like to live in.
Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It
by Andrew Boydposted Jul 05, 2013
- When pranksters and creative organizers create temporary utopias, the experience leaves us wanting more—and ready to work hard to get it.
Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” Reminds Us to Cherish Freedom of Spirit—Not Just Speech
by Christa Hillstromposted May 31, 2013
- What we still have to learn from the world’s favorite riot grrrls.
Melodeego: The Hippest Bike-Powered Band in Town
by Chuck Collinsposted May 28, 2013
- Melodeego has been making music for the environment for years. Their songs include protests of the Keystone XL pipeline and other topics inspired by the anti-climate change movement.
“Modified Social Benches”: An Experiment in Outdoor Socializing
by Cat Johnsonposted May 13, 2013
- An installation of creatively shaped benches in Belgium pushes the edge of urban sit-ability.
Mothers Day Cards that Actually Depict Our Moms
by Corey Hillposted May 10, 2013
- The reality of motherhood in America has little in common with the comfortable images portrayed in cards and on TV. A set of Mothers Day e-cards you can send for free shows moms that better reflect our diverse society.
Would Smokey the Bear Get Arrested to Stop Fracking?
by Peter Rughposted May 09, 2013
- When artist Lopi LaRoe used Smokey the Bear imagery to encourage anti-fracking activism, the Forest Service threatened her with a lawsuit.
Star Trek’s George Takei: Putting Facebook Fame to Good Use
by Mark Englerposted Apr 30, 2013
- Famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, today George Takei uses the popularity of his kitchy humor to promote discussion about the rights of women and LGBT people.
Love Your Books? 4 Ways to Share Them With Others
by Fabien Tepper, Signe Predmoreposted Apr 22, 2013
- From mobile libraries to tiny libraries, how to get others to read the books you love.
Visual Learning: Out of Character
posted Apr 15, 2013
- This Visual Learning activity will get your students thinking about the intersection of handwriting and digital typeface and the fate of cursive writing around the world.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staffposted Mar 22, 2013
- The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm
by Lisa Mullenneauxposted Mar 04, 2013
- When fracking hits close to home, Mark Ruffalo, Debra Winger, Yoko Ono, and other big names find common ground with small towns.
Photographs from James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade
by Sedat Pakay, Charles Johnsonposted Feb 12, 2013
- Sedat Pakay’s disarming photos of James Baldwin during his time in Turkey show a side of the great writer most of us have never seen.
- James Baldwin in Turkey