Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism

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Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism

Center for Artistic Activism

Artistic activism is a hybrid practice combining the emotional affect of the arts with the instrumental effect of activism.

It has existed for as long as people have articulated and communicated their aspirations through sign and story, but in recent years artistic activism has gained wide recognition in the educational, artistic, philanthropic and NGO worlds. Yet a question haunts the practice: Does it work? And, further, What does “working” even mean when it comes to a practice which marries the arts and activism?

As the culmination of nearly a decade of interviews with practitioners of artistic activism, and over a year of reviewing the relevant academic literature and professional reports, the C4AA æfficacy project research team drafted a substantial report, Assessing the Impact of Artistic Activism.

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