Civic Engagement Series: 2020-2021
The Civic Engagement Series invites contemporary artists, grassroots organizers, and local electoral candidates into dialogue around pressing sociocultural issues to investigate how our collective imagination can foster progressive change. Through a series of experimental events shaped by the invited artists and the Pratt Fine Arts’ Fellow in Civic Engagement Amy Khoshbin, the CES focuses on the power of taking action at the local level, both at the polls and in the streets. From topics from abolition to mutual aid to ritual healing, the CES uses creative and performative strategies to instigate action within the Pratt community and beyond.
Upcoming Spring 2021 events:
Creative Healing & Transformative Justice on Thursday, March 11, Online, 7:00PM
Advocacy + Action on Thursday, April 8, Online, 7:00 PM
Fall events and documentation below:
VOTE, VOTE AGAIN: ART IN ACTION on October 1st
Against Doom TV: Abolitionism + Electoral Politics on October 22nd
Liberatory Healing, Mutual Aid, Moving Forward, on November 12th
Thursday, October 1, Online, 7:00PM
In partnership with Pratt Presents
The time is now! Join candidates, concerned citizens, artists, and organizations in a virtual event focused on voter registration, campaigns, and change strategies in an unprecedented Presidential Election year.
Co-hosted by Amy Khoshbin, Pratt Fine Arts’ Civic Engagement Fellow, artist Karen Finley, NYU Arts Professor in Art and Public Policy, and with political strategist Maya Contreras, City Council Candidates; Chi Ossé, Kristin Richardson Jordan; and GOTV Organizations; Artists 4 Democracy, Plan Your Vote, Walk the Walk, & ADVICE
Karen Finley and Amy Khoshbin uncover and share creative voter mobilization strategies. Join us for an interactive postcard-making session with Karen; hear from political strategist Maya Contreras and GOTV organizers, and meet two of the youngest City Council Candidates in NY.
Facing an unprecedented Presidential Election shrouded by concerns of voter suppression, how do we make sure everyone who can vote does vote? How do we continue to take our power to the ballot box beyond the Presidential election? You can begin by registering to vote by Oct 9 here!
Together we’ll get creative, take the pledge to VOTE, VOTE AGAIN and learn how to keep up the momentum into November and then forward onto local races, such as the NY City Council primary in June 2021!
Let’s make ART ACT and help each other create the change we want to see.
Image Credits: Karen Finley, ‘Vote 1,’ 2020. Painting 9 x 11.” In rotating order: Amy Khoshbin; Karen Finley; Maya Contreras; Kristin Richardson Jordan; Chi Ossé; Anoka Faruqee from Walk the Walk + ADVICE; Sarana Mehra and Kysa Johnson from Artists 4 Democrac
Thursday, October 22, Online, 7:00PM
Against Doom TV: Abolitionism + Electoral Politics
In collaboration with Old Stone House and Washington Park
Against Doom TV is an interactive show bringing together artists, organizers, and candidates to make dismantling harmful systems and imagining the future we want to live in more fun and radical together. Artists Amy Khoshbin and Macon Reed tap into the history of artists using the absurd and play to fight oppressive forces. We envision the future together and make it our reality.
In this episode, we tackle abolitionism and electoral politics as harm reduction. What does abolitionism mean? How can we use art, direct action, and policymaking to create a world without prisons, punishment, and other forms of control? And how do we use abolitionist artmaking and direct action to bring people to the polls and help us imagine a world beyond the current electoral systems we live in?
Speaking with City Council candidate Whitney Hu and Abolitionist organizers Derecka Purnell, Sophia Gurulé, Mon Mohapatra, and Ngozi Alston, Macon and Amy uncover answers in collaboration with a live online audience through segments including a polyamorous dating show!
Liberatory Healing, Mutual Aid, Moving Forward:
The 2020 Presidential Election will be over. We’ll be tired. And no matter who wins at the top, we’ll move through this moment together. Artist and healer Guadalupe Maravilla, Organizer and Pastor Juan Carlos Ruiz, City Council Candidate Sandy Nurse, and Pratt Fine Arts’ Civic Engagement Fellow Amy Khoshbin will help reorient our energy towards the local– in our bodies, our communities, and our electoral races. Through healing rituals and dialogue, together we’ll consider what mutual aid can be in all senses. How do we create sustainable support systems for each other from cooperatives, to food distribution networks, to local electoral power, to keeping each other sane? Together we’ll build a future together at the local level no matter who wins the election at the national.