Art is not a luxury

Join Caron Atlas, director of Arts & Democracy to hear about how arts and culture can be an essential part of making transformative change. Learn about creative work that builds community, shifts narratives, speaks truth to power, and helps us imagine the future. We will talk about cultural organizing and art and culture as part of participatory democracy, social movements and policy change. Bring your own stories!
Music by DuPree and Barry Kornhauser.

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Caron Atlas is director of Arts & Democracy, which cross-fertilizes arts and culture, civic participation, and community change. She also directs Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance revitalizing NYC from the neighborhood up. Caron teaches at New York University and Pratt Institute and serves on the Civic Engagement Commission Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee. Previously Caron worked at Appalshop, the Appalachian cultural center and directed the American Festival Project, a national coalition of activist artists.  Caron has consulted with Animating Democracy, Pratt Center for Community Development, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Urban Institute, and several foundations. Caron is co-editor of Bridge Conversations and Critical Perspectives, and contributor to Toward a 21st City for All. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Warren Weaver Fellow and is a Coro Leadership NY alumnus. She received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago.

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Mar 07 2021


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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