Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Great first class meeting of the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art on Monday -- we introduced ourselves, learned about my work developing the Prophetic Activist Art model, and then heard a bit about each artist's project/passion, which we will spend the semester solidifying and setting the structure for a long-term project.  These include:

  • Prison reform
  • A clearinging-house/safe space for African Americans to air their concerns
  • Housing justice
  • A project gently confronting people in public spaces with LGBTQ issues
  • A fashion project to confront people with social issues
  • A look back at more than 200 years of white, male supremacy in the United States
  • The creation of a safe-space for LGBTQ people, modeled on the Boy Scouts
  • Promoting literacy through a city-wide extravaganza where people all read aloud at the same time
  • An exploration of astro-dramas, exploring archetypes, astrology and society
And others!  Very exciting, and next week we'll begin to dig around in each project, exploring specific manners of outreach, interface with volunteers and groups, fundraising, ancillary activities and other aspects of building a prophetic activist art project.

Also, many interesting resources concerning all of the issues were mentioned -- and I'll share them here:

Rashaad Newsome (Rashaad Newsome’s work examines the visual language of power and status, juxtaposing high and low references to challenge perceived notions of social protocol and hierarchy)
Center for Story-Based Strategy (The Center for Story-based Strategy [formerly smartMeme] is a national strategy center that offers social justice networks and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to win the battle of ideas with narrative strategies)
BRIC (Community TV where access is available to work on video projects, Brooklyn):
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (Community TV where access is available to work on video projects, midtown Manhattan):
DCTV (Community TV where access is available to work on video projects, lower Manhattan):
Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership (This fascinating collection of local mythology shows how widely leadership models differ across nations, and how deeply these differences are rooted)
Beautiful Trouble (A toolbox for revolution):
The House I Live In (A documentary exploration about the human rights implications of the war on drugs - - the longest conflict in U.S. history, and the least winnable):
Tectonic Theatre Company (The company is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all)
The Revolution Starts at Home (A book confronting Intimate Violence In Activist Communities)
Carl Jung Institute (Presents programs related to the psychology and ideas of Carl Jung. The Center's primary programs are seminars, conferences, study tours, and the publishing articles and books):
Astro Dramas (A recently developed method to help clients approach their natal chart from a new perspective: it can enable them to experience the planets in a more tangible way):
Carolyn Myss (Her most recent book, Archetypes: Who Are You? was published in 2013. She describes herself as a medical intuitive and a mystic.):
Hindsight is Always 20/20 (A visual exploration of the language of presidents in their inaugural address, highlighting their most important in the form of an eye chart):
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (African-American history, from slavery to the first black president, is examined in ... The African Americans - Many Rivers to Cross - with Henry Louis GatesJr.)
Michael Kimmel (An American sociologist, specializing in gender studies):

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