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Favianna Rodriguez

In this interview, C4AA co-founder Steve Duncombe talks with Favianna Rodriguez, prolific art activist and Executive Director of CultureStrike. She shares her creative process behind the “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly, an image that has been widely adopted as a symbol of the migrant rights movement. They also discuss Rodriguez’s theory of change, which involves a strategic focus on cultural change over policy change, as she argues that policy is “the final manifestation of an idea,” that stems directly from culture.

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2: TGI Friday’s

This month we get a meal at the TGI Friday’s in New York’s Union Square. Started as a single restaurant near the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan, TGI Friday’s now has over 900 restaurants in 61 countries. Known for kitchy decor, potato skins, and alchohol – but what makes this restaurant so popular? And what can […]

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1: Transformers: Age of Extinction

In our first expedition we will watch the highest grossing worldwide movie of 2014, and one of the worst. Not to make fun of it (though that can not be helped) but to learn. This was the most popular movie last year and Patricia, Steve, and Steve try to parse out why people saw it […]

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Coming Soon: The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions

A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad stuff for good? In each episode an an academic, an activist, and an artist from the Center for Artistic Activism will help navigate through the garbage looking for treasure. Coming soon, subscribe now and don’t miss a […]

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The grant application meeting

We hovered around the table.  Brooke Nuckles Gentekos has most of the text compiled.  We played a bit with numbers and a budget.  It’s funny to come up with 750 characters including spaces.  It actually makes some things harder to read.  It’s nice to have bullets but then you have spaces.  We did get the grant application in on time.  We have bonded as a group.  I am so pleased that art is finally becoming noticed and acknowledged as an economic driver in […]

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Book Review: A History of How People Cooperate - And Why

We found this review by Frank Bures in the February 2013 issue of The Rotarian magazine. Since it resonates with a previously published interview with anthropologist Ellen Dissanayake and helps to explain how and why the arts are so ingrained in our collective psyche, we thought readers with the same fascination might also be interested.

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The Arts Are Patriotic, Too

Imagine this scene: there is a band playing as you walk in. As the musicians wrap up their piece and take their seats, a large choir pops up, featuring top-notch a cappella performers. This performance segues into rousing solo performances from vocalists backed up by beautiful orchestrations. Great writers are celebrated. Poetry is recited. And […]

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War Crimes: A Disdain for History & Culture in Timbuktu

Destruction of ancient mosque in Timbuktu

The door of the Sid-Yaha, one of Timbuktu’s three 15th-century-era mosques, was supposed to open on the day of reckoning, signaling to all that the end had arrived. Instead, it has been broken down as part of a larger campaign of destruction. The perpetrators of these demolitions are the Ansar-Dine, a group of Islamic radicals […]

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The Intersection of Creativity & Commerce Gives Us the Cultural Economy (from Arts Watch)

Culture equals jobs. This was the theme of the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is one of the most enlightened and empowered elected leaders that this nation has ever seen regarding strategically investing in his city’s cultural economy in order to move it forward. As chief counsel […]

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Call to Artists: Donations to JAPAN NIGHT Auction to Benefit Fukushima Children

Child affected by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster

The Japanese Association of Southern Oregon is looking for Artists to donate their work to our JAPAN NIGHT silent auction. All proceeds will go directly to fund children in Fukushima, Japan, who are still affected by radiation poisoning. We invite all interested people to attend JAPAN NIGHT for an evening of Japanese Cuisine and Culture on Sunday March 11, 2012.

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