Prophetic Activist Art class at the School of Making Thinking

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Sat, 2016-12-03
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The School of Making Thinking (at the Abrons Art Center in the Lower East Side, NYC) will be hosting my Prophetic Activist Art class, running on Tuesday evenings from February 28 - March 2.    The Prophetic Activist Art class is a laboratory for activist artists and their projects.  The course will work with up to 12 activist artists who would like to build their projects during the semester-long seminar, basing their work Tom Block's manifesto/handbook of art activism: Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution  (Centre for Human Ecology, Scotland, 2014).  Mr. Block ( will be running the seminar.

This model utilizes art to infiltrate and co-opt political, business and social structures to inspire specific and quantifiable social change.  Prophetic Activism is based on the idea that true social transformation must come from within societal pillars, and the best manner of implementing change is to influence these power centers.

The eight session seminar will introduce artists to the specific ideas of the model, including co-opting political, business and social energy; partnering with non-profit groups; making liaisons with other artists; utilizing unusual exhibition and outreach methods; "Machiavellian" activism; how to build a project from inception through completion; how to imagine and successfully attain quantifiable activist goals and other specific aspects of a Prophetic Activist Art intervention.