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The 11th Creative Time Summit, an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics will be held in Miami for the first time this November 1-3, 2018. Titled On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, it takes coalition as a central theme, and utilizes the archipelago as a framework to delve into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. The topics under discussion will range from immigration and borders to climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.


The Summit will be made up of four thematic sections: “Facing climate realities, reimagining a green future,” “Toward an intersectional justice,” “Resisting displacement and violence,” and “On boundaries and a borderless future.”


These themes will be explored through community-driven breakout sessions, social events, roundtable discussions, workshops, panels, field trips, interactive performances, screenings, and other creative formats designed to share tools, strategies, and actions with over 1,000 international and local attendees.



Passes are available on a sliding scale from $25 – $300 — register here.


Questions about accessibility at the Summit? Check this page.







From November 1 through 3, The 11th Creative Time Summit will take place place in Miami, Fl and will include three days of thought provoking presentations, community driven breakout sessions, interactive performances, celebrations, and our very first Summit film series.


November 1 – Opening Party at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
November 2 – Full day of main stage presentations at the Knight Concert Hall – Adrienne Arsht Center
November 3 – Breakout sessions at various locations across Miami, and outdoor film series at SoundScape Park





The Summit will hold its inaugural Film Series in Miami-Beach, featuring showings by filmmakers from the Miami-Florida area, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond, highlighting the richness and diversity of independent filmmaking. The selected films broadly engage with the major themes of this year’s Summit, encouraging thoughtful conversations around borders and migration, ecological struggles, gender politics, and economic inequality.


The Film Series will feature work by Laura Huertas Millán; Frente 3 de Fevereiro; Antonia Wright; Oliver Ressler; Lorena Manríquez and Marlene McCurtis; Nástio Mosquito; Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson; Cinthia Marcelle; Braden King; Fan Popo; Selma Selman; Terence Nance; Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić; Guadalupe Rosales and Matt Wolf.




Are you in the Miami area and want to get involved? Click to learn more about volunteering opportunities.


Are you a cultural space, school, collective, or just outside of Miami and want to take part? You can contact us and livestream the Summit from wherever you’re located free of cost as a screening site parter. Email us at for more information.




Summit Miami Advisory Council:
Elvis Fuentes, Independent Curator based in New York and Miami
Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami
Tom Healy, Writer and Curator based in Miami and New York
Meena Jagannath, Co-founder of the Community Justice Project and Movement Lawyer based in Miami
Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs, ICA Miami
Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Co-director of Beta-Local, Puerto Rico
Amanda Sanfilippo Long, Curator and Artist Manager of Art in Public Places, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Director and Chief Curator of Fringe Projects, Miami
Accessibility Advisor: Dr. Amanda Cachia, Curator and Disability Activist, based in California





The 11th Creative Time Summit, On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World, will take place in Miami, FL, from November 1-3. The Summit is co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


American poet Fred Moten defines ‘coalition’ as the recognition that practices of dispossession, whether they are cultural, political, environmental, or economical, whether they are occurring in our immediate environment or at a far distance, affects us all.* To that extent, ‘coalition’ is the realization of an unavoidable connectedness: we are all in this together.


As a platform for such connectedness, the Creative Time Summit 2018 gathers artists, thinkers, activists, and cultural producers whose practices stimulate others into emancipatory projects formulated under the desire for planetary thinking. Using the archipelago as a framework for questioning colonial and postcolonial ways of seeing and thinking, we will delve into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. Namely, we will shed light onto common, and at times contradicting narratives of regions defined by international migrations and depopulation, queer cultures, indigenous ways of being, tourism industries, and ecological disasters, by engaging with de-colonial dialogues and new social imaginaries.


This year commemorates a milestone in the history of international coalitions and solidarity: half a century later, we are reminded of the resilience of the struggles of 1968 in the Americas and around the world. Today, artists, activists, students, dreamers and community organizers are actively challenging their governments to establish a different relationship with the environment, while refusing the enclosure of land, wealth, and culture, and collectively inventing alternative social institutions.


While remaining critical of current economic and political power structures imbued with renewed neo-colonial aspirations, we will collectively grapple with the possibilities that art and culture offer and respond to current political struggles and reimaginings of dissent. We will build upon the experiences of each of our participants, facilitating exchanges and collaborations that we envision will have a lasting effect upon public opinion long after the Summit’s closing remarks. Ultimately, the 2018 Summit aims to reflect upon the contingencies of our time, urging all of us to take an active role as agents bringing about change and social justice.


The Creative Time Summit “On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries” is curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose in collaboration with Corina L. Apostol.


*Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study, London: Minor Compositions, 2013.




The 2018 Creative Time Summit Reader is a compilation of resources designed to be read in conversation with the presentations and conversations taking place throughout the convening. The Reader has been put together by the Summit’s curatorial and production teams. We hope that the books, articles, videos and projects will provide useful context to the Summit 2018 themes for our audience in Miami, as well as for our community around the world.




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The 2018 Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries: Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World is co-presented with Art in Public Places of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with leading support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Major support for the 2018 Summit is provided by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Ford Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Inc, and the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.


Major Creative Time programming support for 2018 has been provided by The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.