Creative Change Retreat 2011: A Retreat at Sundance at the Intersection of Arts, Activism and Social Justice

Creative Change 2011 took place at Sundance in Utah from August 15-19, 2011, bringing together a dedicated and inspiring group of artists, advocates, funders, and media makers to explore issues and solutions at the intersection of arts, cultural organizing, and social justice. For a full list of participants, click here or see below.

The Creative Change Program
The Creative Change 2011 Program is available for download here.

We are especially grateful to the Compton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Surdna Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, and anonymous donors for their financial support.


Pre-Reading for Creative Change 2011
We have selected a set of diverse articles as “pre-reading” for Creative Change 2011. They are attached here as a PDF.  

  1. "Culture Before Politics," Jeff Chang and Brian Komar, The American Prospect
  2. A Generation Gap Over Immigration,” Damien Cave, New York Times
  3. How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America,” Don Peck, Atlantic Monthly
  4. Building Family Economic Success: Foreclosures,” Annie E. Casey Foundation
  5. Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability, and Social Change,” John Bare, The Foundation Review
  6. Waiting for Superman: Entertainment Evaluation,” Harmony Institute
  7. Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and Indicators,” Maria Rosario Jackson, Florence Kabwasa Green, Juaquín Herranz, Urban Institute
  8. "An Inconvenient Truth: Beyond the Box Office," Jess Search, The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation
  9. "How to Train Your Celebrity," Mark Harris, Fast Company
  10. "From Precarity to Precariousness and Back Again: Labour, Life, and Unstable Networks," Brett Nielson and Ned Rossiter, Variant
  11. "An Artist's Performance: A Year as a Poor Immigrant," Sam Dolnick, New York Times
  12. "Mapping a Bird's-Eye View of Foreclosure Misery," Patricia Cohen, New York Times

Also, please consider reading Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas's The Custom Fit Workplace, available here, and watching this CNN clip of Creative Change 2011 participant Gan Golan, as well as his work "Goodnight Bush".  The reading list from Creative Change 2010 is available here, and our Creative Change 2011 photo album can be found on our Facebook page.

List of Participants

J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Jason Aragón, Videographer and Editor
Andrea Assaf, Art2Action
Orlando Bagwell, Ford Foundation
Biko Baker, The League of Young Voters
John Bare, Arthur Blank Family Foundation
Ann Beeson, Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Joan Blades, Moveon.org and MomsRising.org
Andrew Boyd, Writer/Producer, Agit-Prop and The Other 98%
Stephen Brackett, Musician
Adrienne Maree Brown, Activist
Tania Bruguera, Artist, Immigrant Movement International
Rashida Bumbray, The Kitchen
Jeff Chang, Writer, CultureStrike/The Culture Group
Ken Chen, Poet, Asian American Writers Workshop
Eleanor Cleverly, Harmony Institute
Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation
Steve Colman, Slam Poet, Bum Rush the Stage
Kelly Creedon, Documentary Photographer
Tim Dorsey, Open Society Foundations
Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation
Negin Farsad, Comedian and Filmmaker
Ken Foster, Yerba Buena Arts Center
Michael John Garces, Cornerstone Theater
Ben Gass, Spitfire Strategies
Theaster Gates, Cultural Planner, University of Chicago
Rha Goddess, Artist and Social Entrepreneur, Move the Crowd
Gan Golan, Writer and Artist
Inez Gonzalez, National Hispanic Media Coalition
Javier Gonzalez, Soundstrike
Ken Grossinger, Crosscurrents Foundation
Lani Guinier, Professor, Lawyer, Activist
Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership
Taryn Higashi, Unbound Philanthropy
Ian Inaba, Citizen Engagement Lab
Jayson Jackson, Seven Days Entertainment
Maria Rosario Jackson, Urban Institute
Beth Janson, Tribeca Film Institute
Alexis McGill Johnson, Americans for American Values
Shalini Kantayya, 7th Empire Media, Filmmaker
Maurine Knighton, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Pam Korza, Animating Democracy
Todd Lester, Freedimensional
Tatiana Litvin, i.am angel Foundation
David Lubell, Welcoming America
Liz Manne, FilmAid
Cassandra Medley, Playwright
Cara Mertes, Sundance Institute
Michelle Miller, SEIU
Amy Morris, Surdna Foundation
Scott Nielson, McKay Foundation
Gaby Pacheco, Trail of Dreams
Anne Pasternak, Creative Time
Erin Potts, Air Traffic Control
Toshi Reagon, Singer-Songwriter
Damon Rich, Urban Designer
Alex Rivera, Filmmaker
Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
Favianna Rodriguez, Visual Artist
Raymond Roker, URB Magazine/ Red Bull Media House
Philip Sanchez, Time Warner, Inc.
Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director
Ellen Schneider, Active Voice
Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center
Yosi Sergant, Task Force
Jose Serrano-McClain, Queens Museum
Rashid Shabazz, Open Society Foundations
Andy Shallal, Busboys & Poets
Tayyib Smith, 215 Magazine
Leslie Stem, Transformazium
Lynn Stern, Surdna Foundation
Molly Sturges, Little Globe
Vicky Takamine, Kumu Hula
Catherine Tambini, Documentary Filmmaker
Jenny Toomey, Ford Foundation
Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation
Illana Weaver (Invincible), Musician
Elon James White, Average Black Person™
Timothy Wilkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Billy Wimsatt, Rebuild the Dream