#BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName and the Art of #tintedjustice

Today is a national day of action demanding an end to state violence against Black women and girls, catalyzed by a call from Black Youth Project 100, Ferguson Action, and Black Lives Matter. This day follows close on the heels

A Reboot for Cultural Organizing

It’s spring, school is out, and I figured it was time to give CulturalOrganizing.org a bit of a makeover. So today the site officially relaunches. The site’s features include: A new site design that should make exploring much more fun,

The State of our Collective Story

What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by one, but a poem created by many? A couple of weeks ago, I facilitated a story circle for the USDAC People’s State of the Union with

The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture

Edited by Christopher Malone and George Martinez New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. 296 pp. $29.95 (paperback). I am thrilled to announce that today marks the release of the new book, The Organic Globalizer: Hip-Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture, which includes

What does an act of collective imagination look like?

This past summer, the people-powered non-governmental US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) launched an array of creative “imaginings” across the country. Run by the USDAC’s newly-minted cultural agents, these events brought together artists, organizers, and community members to build

Review: A People’s Art History of the United States

By Nicolas Lampert New York: The New Press, 2013. 345 pp. $35.00 (hardcover). The newest in a long line of people’s histories inspired by the work of Howard Zinn, A People’s Art History of the United States by Nicolas Lampert uncovers

Beautiful Solutions — From the People who Made Beautiful Trouble

Gathering the most promising and contagious strategies for building a just, democratic, and resilient world. I am excited to announce the launch of Beautiful Solutions, an online resource of strategies for building a more just world. The site was created

Use Your Cultural Assets — A Principle of Creative Activism

Today I’m excited to share with you the second piece I have written for Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, a book-turned-website with tons of great resources for creative activists. This was an excellent exercise for me, because it forced

The Role of Art in Social Justice: A Speech at the UN Headquarters

  Today I want to share the audio of a speech by author and teaching artist Renée Watson, on the topic of social justice arts education. Recently, Watson (whose work teaching about Hurricane Katrina has been featured on this site)

Remembering Maxine Greene

Today I want to take a moment to toast arts educator, activist, and philosopher Maxine Greene, who passed away last week at the age of 96. For decades, Maxine has been tireless in helping us to understand the transformative potential