Tools for Artists in Civic Engagement and Turning Out the Vote
Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez will be joined by electoral strategist Cristina Uribe and together they will provide an overview of the role of artists in powering political and cultural change. The upcoming 2020 General Election is an opportunity to unite in our shared power and have our voices heard. In a time where so much feels uncertain, art inspires and motivates us to take action for justice and a better future. This election year marks a historically significant moment. The pandemic has resulted in massive unemployment and racial health disparities. Across the nation, voters are experiencing voter repression and major challenges to their participation. This is why we need artists more than ever. This workshop will provide concrete examples and tools for artists on how their art can inspire people to participate in the upcoming election and give people the information they need to participate.
ASL interpretation and live-captioning will be provided for this event.
*Although this event is free, we encourage you to pay what you can to make this and future programs possible. Your contribution helps to compensate the panelists for their time and offset other production costs. Thank you!
Favianna Rodriguez is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization investing in artists as agents of positive social change. She is an award-winning artist, cultural strategist, and social movement leader who partners with progressive advocacy groups to design effective cultural campaigns. A strategy advisor to artists of all genres, Favianna is regarded as one of the leading thinkers uniting art, culture, and social impact. Her projects include creating art for Ben & Jerry’s, partnering with Jill Solloway to create 5050by2020.com, and facilitating artist delegations to the US-Mexico border. She is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the SOROS Racial Equity Fellowship and the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity.
Cristina Uribe serves as the Director of Civic Engagement at The Center for Cultural Power. A veteran political strategist and manager working at the intersection of advocacy and politics, she has held senior management roles at several organizations, including California Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the National Education Association (NEA), and Western Regional Director at EMILY’s List. She has helped lead campaigns and civic engagement efforts in dozens of states across the country. Throughout her career Cristina has worked to drive political change at the local, state, and national level. Her work with labor unions, non-profits, and advocacy organizations focuses on the development of plans and strategies including campaign management, coalition building, research, and facilitation. Her current and previous projects include Both/And Fund, America Votes, Civic Action Fund, Progressive Era Project, and Committee on States.
Presented in partnership with The Center for Cultural Power, a women of color, artist-led organization igniting change at the intersection of art culture and social justice.