Creative Change 2012: A Retreat at Sundance at the Intersection of Arts, Activism and Social Justice

Creative Change 2012 took place at Sundance in Utah from July 30-August 3, 2012, 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, see below. 

The Creative Change 2012 Program is available for download here.

Creative Change is an invitation-only event. For any questions in advance of the retreat, please contact Betsy Richards by email ( or by phone (212-231-2298) or Jason P. Drucker by email ( or phone (212-334-4275).

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

Pre-Reading for Creative Change 2012
: We have selected a set of diverse articles as “pre-reading” for Creative Change 2012. They are attached here as a PDF. Our hope is that these pieces will help set the context for some of our conversations:

Please also consider reading "Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Spatial Justice: A Frame for Reclaiming Our Rights to Be, Thrive, Express, and Connect," available here, and Applied Research Center’s "Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System," available here, as well as watching David Kelley’s Ted Talk, "How to Build Your Creative Confidence," available here. The reading lists from Creative Change 2011 and 2010 are available here and here, and our Creative Change photo albums can be found on our Facebook page

List of Participants

T. Lulani Arquette, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Kenny Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention
Jonathan Barzilay, Ford Foundation
Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women
Ann Beeson, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Journalist and Public Speaker
Angad Bhalla, Time of Day Productions, Inc.
Johanna Blakley, Norman Lear Center
Andrew Boyd, The Other 98%/Agit-Pop Communications
Stanlyn Brevé, National Performance Network
Kate Brick, Unbound Philanthropy
Ken Chen, Asian American Writers' Workshop
Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation
Maria López De Leon, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Quinn Delaney, Akonadi Foundation
Kathie deNobriga, Alternate ROOTS
D'Lo, D’LocoKid Productions
Tim Dorsey, Open Society Foundations
Beka Economopoulos, Fission Strategy, Not An Alternative
Lolis Eric Elie, Screenwriter and Author
Diane Espaldon, Strategy Consultant
Jordan Estevao, National People's Action
Rachel Falcone, Housing is a Human Right
Negin Farsad, Qualified Laughter
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist
Rebecca Gates, Musician, Curator, Artist and Editor
Theaster Gates, Artist and Cultural Planner
Gan Golan, Writer and Artist
Jesse Goldstein, Occuprint
Hakim Green, Channel Live
Mia Herndon, Third Wave Foundation
Taryn Higashi, Unbound Philanthropy
Kemi Ilesanmi, Creative Capital
Jakada Imani, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Ian Inaba, Citizen Engagement Laboratory
Jesus Iñiguez,
Jasiri X, One Hood Media
Tammy Johnson, Your Body Raks
Jason Jones, Not an Alternative
Robert Karimi,
Maurine Knighton, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Amitava Kumar, Vassar College
Wendy Levy, New Arts Axis and Tomorrow Partners
Mark Lipman, Holding Ground Productions
Natasha Logan, Producer
David Lubell, Welcoming America
Idelisse Malavé, Consultant
Mike Medow, Allied Media Projects
Alan Michelson, Artist
Michelle Miller, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University
Erik Moe, Service Employees International Union
Tufara Waller Muhammad, Highlander Center
Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition
Raul Pacheco, Ozomatli
Bao Phi, Loft Literacy Center
Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund
Michael Premo, Housing is a Human Right
Laura Raicovich, Creative Time
Dania Rajendra, Neighborhood Funders Group
Yosimar Reyes, Poet
Favianna Rodriguez, Visual Artist
Archana Sahgal, Open Society Foundations
Julio Salgado,
Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center
Jennifer Sokolove, Compton Foundation
Lynn Stern, Surdna Foundation
Darnell Strom, Creative Artists Agency Foundation
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist
Sheila Tousey, Actress, Director, and Writer
Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS
Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation
Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Storyline Entertainment, Inc.
Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American
Emily Verellen, The Fledgling Fund
Dan S. Wang, Writer and Print Media Artist
Melinda Weekes, Applied Research Center
Tim Wilkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Erica Williams, Foolish Life Ventures
Mirah Zeitlyn, Singer, Songwriter and Producer