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.
NOW SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
TO JOIN OUR FIRST THINK TANK COHORT
During this catalytic moment, we have been compelled to try something new. We are forming a non-sited group of boundary-pushing thinkers, each bringing distinct and varying perspectives from the fields of art, organizing, theory, and cultural production to think and imagine together over the course of 10 months. Adapting the “think tank” model, the cohort will cycle through phases of assessment, brainstorming, planning, sharing, and implementing that explore new methodologies to dismantle exclusionary and colonialist modes of artistic creation and presentation.
HOW DO WE DEVELOP ACTIONABLE WAYS OF
REALIZING THE CRITICAL SHIFTS NECESSARY FOR
A TRULY EQUITABLE CULTURAL SECTOR?
Initiated in response to the long overdue discussion and action addressing equity and systemic racism in our communities and the pandemic gripping our nation, this intervention builds upon the Creative Time Summit’s legacy of centering the voice of artists and other creative contributors in the development of strategies for social change.
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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