Creative Time Summit – the world’s largest international conference on art and social change – was held in Washington, DC! Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy the Future was held at DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre on October 14–16, 2016.
Occurring in the nation’s capital just weeks before the 2016 Presidential Election, the Creative Time Summit DC took this important moment to collectively consider what it might mean to radically transform the current state of democracy. Around the world both the left and the right were making their dissatisfaction with the centre known, setting the stage for a virulent electoral season. Shaking up the political landscape, worldwide social movements — from Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter — were ingrained in popular discourse. The 2016 Summit offered a platform for citizen-led strategies and grassroots movements working within, as well as disrupting, electoral politics. The summit posed the question: As we work to push forward the ideals of human rights in practice, what does it mean to actually occupy power in a future as yet unwritten?
About the Creative Time Summit: Artists have always raised their voices to speak truth to power, and have never been more important than at this moment in history when social movements are erupting around the world. Creative Time believes that artists are truly change agents, with the ability to affect society for the better. Each year, the Creative Time Summit explores the many ways in which artists are tackling the world’s most challenging social and political issues. Innovative artists, activists, writers, and curators take the Summit stage to present bold new strategies for social change to a global audience.
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 5:30 PM
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