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
First conceived in 2009, the Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Since its inception in 2009, the Summit has functioned as a flexible, roving platform that brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Emerging during a time when the definition of political art, or socially engaged art, was still taking shape, the Summit established an essential space to highlight and unite artists and practitioners working beyond the traditional art market, many of whom were intervening and profoundly impacting areas of civic life, from politics and economics, to media and the environment. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, the Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.
Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field – featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 10,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “Genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, multidisciplinary Russian collective Chto Delat? (What is to be Done?), #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, renowned scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic Gayatri Spivak, and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and projects.
In an effort to reach new audiences and explore issues within a global context, in 2014, Creative Time began partnering with institutions beyond NYC, taking the Summit to cities around the world including 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 100 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