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The Arts of Protest: Creative Cultural Resistance

Non-violence and Art

Published on 8 October 2012

Author(s): Academic Webinar Series

Type:  Webinar Originally took place 30 June 2011

Nadine Bloch, creative resistance and nonviolent direct action educator and practitioner, explores how some of the most impactful and memorable moments from civil resistance and nonviolent movements are sung by the masses, printed by the thousands, enacted through craft, painted in vivid color, or performed in traditional dress. This webinar takes a critical look at Creative Cultural Resistance: the broad use of arts, literature, and traditional practices in the service of protest and political and social actions.

Nadine Bloch teases out the strategic powers of cultural resistance. Through compelling examples this talk covers the immense diversity of methodologies that have been employed in resistance, from 2-D and 3-D arts, to sound/music and theater/movement arts. From literature and crafts, to documentation and delineation of space, as well as rituals and language preservation, we will look at the power of cultural work in organizing, mobilizing and grounding actions.

"Often such little small cultural experiments open up space and possibility for the bigger changes to happen. The real seeds for revolutionary changes can grow in artistic practices."--John Jordan

"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."--Bertolt Brecht

"The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible."--Toni Cade Bambara

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