Watch Livestreamed Sessions and Workshops

Thursday, November 17

7:10-8:30 pm CST: Opening Ceremony — Remarks from Felicia Shaw, Roseann Weiss, and Adam Horowitz, followed by an introduction to St. Louis in the words of its poets.

Friday, November 18

9-10 am CST: Opening Plenary: Art, Truth, and Healing: Practicing Radical Love — Carlton Turner

  • We need radical healing to steer away from the destructive path that has been laid out before us and in our name. That calls on us to practice radical love, love in the service of truth and justice. Come to this CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 plenary to explore what nurturing a culture of love means for artists and allies whose work is central to weaving the fabric of healthy and sustainable community across the U.S.

10:15-11:45 am CST: Art & Housing Justice  Betty Yu, Dave Loewenstein, Anyka Barber, moderated by Amanda Colón-Smith.

  • Across the country, gentrification and displacement are threatening the cultural and social fabric of towns and cities, large and small. Join experienced artist-organizers from New York City, Lawrence, KS, and Oakland, CA to explore creative strategies for fending off inequitable development, preserving community cultural life, and resisting displacement. In this session, Betty, Dave, and Anyka will share stories and tactics and then lead an interactive discussion to support attendees in considering what creative placekeeping efforts might be effective in their local contexts.

10:15-11:45 am CST: Cultural Rights — Mervyn L. Tano

  • The right to culture is a foundational human right enshrined in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How do we practice it? How is it transgressed? The UN's Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world's indigenous peoples. But will it be honored? What would it take to make this more than words on paper? Using examples such as the controversy over the 30-Meter Telescope planned for the sacred site of Mauna Kea on Oahu, this workshop will explore cultural rights and how they can be protected. Questions of language, indigeneity, self-determination and sovereignty will be explored, along with the powerful responses being offered today.

2:00-3:30 pm CST: Confronting our Climate Crisis: Visions of Cultural Strategy for Climate Justice — Rachel Schragis

  • What's it actually going to take for us to confront climate change for real? In a way that lifts up all people into sustainable lives, and leaves no one behind? In this hands-on workshop we'll think about the role of cultural work in the fight for climate justice. We'll discuss historic and persistent barriers to entry in environmental and climate movements, learn about transformative artwork in today's climate movement, and apply our shared wisdom to upcoming mass actions for climate justice by dreaming and scheming together!

2:15-3:30 pm CST: Art and Hope in Rural America — Mervyn L. Tano, Dudley Cocke

  • The session will explore the national place-based movement for rural self-development, in which artists and cultural workers play leadership roles. Contrary to popular perceptions of homogeneity, contemporary rural life is diverse by every cultural measure, including languages spoken. Of the U.S.’s poorest counties, 85% are rural. Rural communities lead the nation in per capita rates of drug addiction, suicide, and incarceration. Rural young men and women serve, are wounded, and die disproportionately in the Armed Forces. Rural communities are drastically underfunded, with 5% of foundation funding for 20% of U.S. population. Art and Hope in Rural America will draw on first-person experience in rural America to frame a critical, interactive discussion about opportunities for art and cultural heritage to create the conditions for environmentally sustainable rural economic development and social healing.

3:45-5:15 pm CST: Music, Action, and Social Imagination — Sebastian Ruth

  • How do arts experiences, and specifically the activity of concert music, open possibilities for us to consider alternatives to the status quo, to grow a sense of community, to move beyond the expected? In a presentation that includes music and discussion, we will explore foundational ideas from Maxine Greene and John Dewey, and practical applications from the work of Community MusicWorks, applying theory to practice and back again, to open possibilities for our future work.

Saturday, November 19

9-10:30 am CST: Plenary: Standing Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform — Arlene Goldbard, Adam Horowitz,  Yolanda Wisher

  • What will it take to shift from a consumer to a creator culture, from a policy based on privilege to a cultural democracy? The answer has to start with a national conversation, then move on to local, regional, and national experiments in policy change. Our platform is based on thousands of Citizen Artists and allies telling us about the future of creativity and equity they wish to inhabit. Come to this CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 plenary to be inspired and take part in its groundbreaking national launch!

10:45 am-12:15 CST: Equity in Cultural Funding — Carlton Turner

  • Historically, people of color, women, and communities grounded in non-Eurocentric cultures receive far less of public and private cultural funding than white counterparts. This session will help to place this current moment in the context of a historic continuum of inequity with the hope of coming away with more insight and capacity to make change.

2:00-3:30 pm CST: Public Art and Public Memory — Judy Baca with Dave Loewenstein and Lily Yeh

  • What is the public artist’s role and responsibility in excavating community memory and amplifying the voices of people grounded in that place? Whose memories, whose voices matter in this moment? How to recognize and navigate differences in race, class, gender, economic status? How to work with others with grace? The field of public art is becoming increasingly problematized, with “public practice” artists building careers by parachuting into communities. The language is confusing, and the deeper questions of authenticity and integrity are seldom engaged. This session will start with an audiovisual presentation that sets the stage for a practical discussion kicked off by a panel with other public artists.

2:00-3:30 pm CST: Cultivating the Network: Skill-building and support for people working at the intersection of arts and community — Liz Pund, Bill Cleveland, Gina Martinez, Terry Artis

  • What does it take for somebody to be effective at working at the intersection of arts and community transformation? In this session we will explore the various definitions of this work, the landscape of available training options, and the lasting impacts of sustained training programs such as St. Louis’s own Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute.

3:30-5:00 pm CST: Artists and City Government: Elected, Embedded, and Unauthorized— Bryan Walsh, Beth Grossman, Rebeca Rad, Josh Adam Ramos, moderated by Jack Becker.

  • What happens when an artist chooses to work in or with city government? What challenges and possibilities arise when bringing creative thinking to engagement and governance? This session will include three distinct perspectives. We’ll hear from a St. Louis artist who successfully ran for and now occupies elected office, two artists who are Public Artists in Residence with the City of New York, and one Bay Area artist who has made surprising inroads with city government, from the outside. Come with curiosity, and leave with ideas for how these partnerships might unfold where you live.

4:00-5:30 pm CST: Cultural Planning — Roberto Bedoya

  • A fresh take on cultural planning, focusing on belonging. Conventional approaches to cultural planning leave a lot to be desired. Often they measure what can easily be measured (e.g., the audiences for existing major institutions) instead of assessing what the entire community needs. What are deeper, more powerful and equitable ways to do it? Participatory action research as foundation for policy and action.

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