Art & Activism
Creative ways to get your voice heard.
"Blackfish" on CNN: Documentary about Captive Orca Whales Goes Mainstream
by James Trimarcoposted Oct 25, 2013
- The public reaction to a documentary about captive orca whales showed an empathy we don't usually associate with TV audiences.
50 Years On, Dylan's "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" Still Speaks Truth to Power
by Erika Lundahlposted Oct 23, 2013
- New generations of singers continue to adapt the song to talk about how injustice plays out in cases like those of Trayvon Martin and Rachel Corrie.
The Nairobi Mall Attack: Let’s Give Our Boys Something Better to Be a Part Of
by Simon Okeloposted Sep 27, 2013
- When the Westgate Mall was attacked by a terrorist group that aggressively recruits young men, one Kenyan asked—how can we respond to the pain and vulnerability of our boys before groups like Al-Shabab can reach them?
Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"
by Chuck Collinsposted Sep 24, 2013
- From gated communities in outer space to graphs about who owns the wealth, two new films are giving Americans a window into the issue of income inequality
"Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" Is as Beautiful Visually as It Is Spiritually
by Heidi Hutnerposted Aug 21, 2013
- Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar's presentation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's life will inspire you.
The Spiritual Side of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama
by Valerie Schloredtposted Aug 15, 2013
- Photographer Jane Feldman on earning the trust of beloved world leaders—and capturing their laughter.
“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies
by Katrina Rabelerposted Jul 30, 2013
- Ron Finley speaks to YES! about why “gardening is gangsta” and how he's getting city youth back in the dirt.
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.