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Cultural & Art Activism

Urban Word NYCArt activism has emerged, mainly among urban youth, as a counter-cultural movement of the arts. Identifying itself with social movement themes from the past, counter-militarism, racial and sexual discrimination for example, but focused on addressing these social problems through cultural expression, this type of activism has become a new type of gathering community that did not historically identify with the mainstream arts or social movements. Many of its practitioners integrate multiple art forms like mural and graffiti art, stenciling, music, street theater, poetry, performance, and appropriating temporary locations for events. This movement stands as a more inclusive, populist avenue for disenfranchised youth with opportunities for young people looking to self-identify outside the traditional spaces reserved for them. In this fact it can be listed as a viable military alternative.

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  • Demilitarizing our schools with the arts

Here are some recommended links available to better inform you about art activism. This is a work in progress and NNOMY will be adding new documents as they are prepared and as policies change that effect enlistment. Check back periodically.

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The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena

An Anthology from High Performance Magazine 1978-1998
Edited by API codirectors Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland
Published in May 1998 by Critical Press for their series: Thinking Publically: The New Era of Public Art

http://www.apionline.org/citizenartist.html

 

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