November 10, 2011

Artist Bloc Day of Politics, Action, and Art


We are artists and art workers of the 99%. We are struggling to survive and sustain our creative practice in an economy that does not value us as workers, that privatizes cultural institutions and that continuously defunds art programs–from public education to government grants. We are putting our creative efforts towards this movement and considering our role in the fight for economic and social justice.

Join us for the Artists Bloc day at Occupy San Francisco for hands-on workshops, participatory projects, discussions and speakers. The day will include screen-printing, crocheting, banner-making workshops, a speaker’s booth, pirate radio station, and conversations facilitated by local artists about arts funding, education and the systems of oppression that affect artists economic sustainability and more.

The event will include speakers, Julia Bryan-Wilson, author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, Jeff Chang author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, a History of the Hip Hop Generation who–along with local artist–Favianna Rodriguez, organized Culture Strike in opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070 law, and artist, print-maker and political organizerm Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde.

This is a family friendly event an will include art-making workshops for kids.

Occupy SF/Justin Herman Plaza is accessible by BART (Embarcadero Station), Muni lines: J, K, L, M, N, and F Market.

Comments (4)

  • I’m so glad I found my souliton online.

  • Addendum: 4:15 : Speaker’s Address Jeff Change and Favianna Rodriguez


    12:15 : Welcome
    12:20 : Speaker’s Address : Julia Bryan-Wilson
    12:45 : Speaker’s Address : Melanie Cervantes

    1:00 – 4:00 : Ongoing Workshops : Crocheting, Banner-making, Screen-printing, Speaker’s Booth Video Interviews, Kid’s Zone, Class War Store by Art for Democratic Society

    1:30 – 2:00 : Workshop : The Art State We’re In, Dialogues on Challenges of Living and Creating in the Bay Area and California. Facilitated by Paulina Nowicka

    2:00 – 2:30 : Workshop : General Education about the Occupy Movement for Artists. What’s our place in this movement? What systems of oppression affect the 99%? Facilitated by Adrienne Skye Roberts


    3:00 – 4:00 : Workshop : Pictures Make Change, Visual Brainstorming with the Beehive Design Collective. A collaborative drawing jam for artists to draw ourselves into the 99%. Facilitated by Zeph Fishlyn

    4:15 : Speaker’s Address : Jeff Chang

  • It seems like nobody stands up for art classes for kids in public schools. Or the lack of intellectual property artists are allowed to retain while in virtually any other industry they can sue over intellectual property rights. Don’t even get me started about all those endless art auctions….all good stuff to bring up…

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