Overview

OUR FIRST THINK TANK COHORT

 
Over the past 10 years, the Creative Time Summit has convened thinkers, dreamers, and doers working to develop strategies to meet our most pressing social and political issues. During this catalytic moment, we have been compelled to try something new. We have formed 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 discussing, debating, planning, sharing, and implementing that explore new methodologies to dismantle exclusionary and colonialist modes of artistic creation and presentation and propel us into new forms of cultural praxis.
 

HOW DO WE DEVELOP ACTIONABLE WAYS OF
REALIZING THE CRITICAL SHIFTS NECESSARY FOR
A TRULY EQUITABLE CULTURAL SECTOR?

 
Initiated in response to the current demand to address the legacies of colonialism and systemic racism within our communities – a demand further catalyzed by the pandemic that continues to grip our nation – this intervention builds upon the Creative Time Summit’s history of centering the voices of artists and creative practitioners in the development of tactics for political and social transformation.
 
While the group will shape and define itself as it forms, it will be anchored by a principle aim to develop direct ways to create the critical shifts required to build equitable and sustainable approaches to cultural production.
 
From January – October 2021, the group will investigate the following set of questions through internal discussion and research as well as public programs and engagements:
 
– What constitutes “the field” of cultural production and what are the dominant practices of governance, value creation, and assessment?
 
– Do alternative modes of knowledge production currently exist in regards to art practice, cultural labor, education, and training for the field? What new forms need to be created?
 
– What ideological, cultural, and structural shifts are required to steward transformative change?
 
– What are we building towards?

 
Over the next 10 months, the cohort will collectively organize a series of public programs and outputs. The group receives compensation, access to administrative resources, production support, discretionary budget, and the Creative Time network. It is a privilege to offer this group the resources, the space, and the time to get to know each other and propose new modes of cultural production for the world we deserve in the here and now. Stay updated on the Think Tank by subscribing to the Creative Time newsletter and following us at @creativetime.
 

Program Support

Lead program support for the Think Tank was generously provided by the Open Society Foundations.