THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT IS AN ANNUAL CONVENING FOR THINKERS, DREAMERS, AND DOERS WORKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF
ART AND POLITICS.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT
Since its inception in 2009, the Summit has functioned as a flexible, roving platform bringing together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Having emerged alongside the definition of political art, or socially engaged art, the Summit highlighted and united artists and practitioners working beyond the traditional art market, many of whom were intervening in areas of civic life, politics, and media. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.
2019 is the 10th anniversary of the Summit.Through a series of moderated discussions, a weekend long convening, and a new publication, the public is invited to engage with the central question:
CAN SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER UNRAVEL THE AGE OF DISILLUSION WE FIND OURSELVES IN?
Reflecting on the evolution of the field over the last decade, we will hear from new voices as well as some of the most memorable speakers to have graced the Summit stage.
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As the first major international platform for socially engaged art, the Summit has hosted over 10,000 live attendees. Notable luminaries amongst them include legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, MacArthur “Genius” award-winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, multidisciplinary Russian collective Chto Delat? (What is to be Done?), #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, host and executive producer of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman, video artist and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, social practice installation artist Theaster Gates, conceptual artist and For Freedoms co-founder Hank Willis Thomas, artist and composer Laurie Anderson, artist and filmmaker Emily Jacir, writer, photographer, and art historian Teju Cole, and more. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and for organizers to engage Summit audiences in their projects and communities.
The Summit has reached new audiences through partnerships with organizations outside of NYC, in Stockholm, Venice, Washington DC, Toronto and Miami. In its travels outside of New York, the Summit aims to foster meaningful connections amongst a growing global community, while also highlighting locally driven programming. Local attendees are invited to propose panels, roundtables, and workshops through an open call, and Summit events highlight each city’s unique aesthetic and social spaces. The Summit also meets tens of thousands of attendees in their hometowns through Livestream and through over 150 satellite screening sites that host live events in cities from Dhaka to São Paulo.
2018 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT MIAMI: ON ARCHIPELAGOS AND OTHER IMAGINARIES–COLLECTIVE STRATEGIES TO INHABIT THE WORLD
2015 THE CURRICULUM NYC
2014 SUMMIT: STOCKHOLM
2012 CONFRONTING INEQUITY
2011 LIVING AS FORM