If politics is the art of what is possible, let’s use art to expand those possibilities.
That’s the spirit behind my exciting new fellowship with the revolutionary rock stars of
Movement Generation (MG). I’ve been a big fan of Movement Generation’s for a while…they bring together social justice and ecological issues in a way that’s real, powerful, and makes the green movement more about people on the block than polar bears on the ice caps. (Nothing against my polar bear homies out there. I’m just saying, Oakland has a couple issues higher on the list.)
You’ll find Movement Generation in Richmond fighting the Chevron refinery, on the Black Mesa reservation in Arizona fighting for solar power, and all over this increasingly hot-ass planet building with movements for human rights and climate justice. My kind of people. And now they’re going to build the cultural front of the movement? Oh hell yes.
Starting this month, I’ll be working with the MG team to create art, stories, and online media on the most pressing issues and ideas emerging from the environmental justice struggle in the Bay Area and beyond. We’re calling it the Culture Shift Fellowship. And you know me — we’re going to have some fun with this one.
Expect hilarious political videos like the recent Moses and Jesús. Watch out for special events bringing together musicians, poets, filmmakers, and graphic artists – along with leading environmental activists – to make creative campaigns together. Get ready for bold, beautiful art in defense of Mother Earth, Papa Smurf, and all the cool kids just trying to live right across the globe.
To start if off, we’re offering a brand new course for grassroots activists to bring a little more artistic inspiration and creative storytelling to their communities. It’s called “Make it Fresh” — and we’ve got a few spots left! Want to get down? Here’s everything you need to know.
Creative Storytelling for the Urban Environment
October 21 – December 9, 2013