Town Hall Seattle: Ken Grossinger with Dr. Carmen Rojas — 'Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together'

An event in partnership with Town Hall Seattle

Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books present Ken Grossinger for a discussion of his new book, Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do BetterGrossinger will be joined in conversation by Dr. Carmen Rojas

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About the event. . . 

Throughout history, art has been a vehicle for social change.

Consider the artist’s mural of George Floyd that become an emblem for the fight towards racial equality. The documentary film that helped oust a Central American dictator. The echo of freedom songs that rang throughout the Civil Rights Movement. When artists and organizers join together, new forms of political mobilization are sure to follow.

Despite these and many more examples throughout history, many people are unaware of how much deliberate strategy is involved in propelling this vital work toward a more just society. Behind the scenes, artists, organizers, political activists, and philanthropists have worked together to hone powerful tactics for achieving a more just society for all.

In Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together, movement leader Ken Grossinger chronicles these efforts for the first time, distilling lessons and insights from grassroots leaders and luminaries such as Ai Weiwei, Courtland Cox, Jackson Browne, Shepard Fairey, Jane Fonda, Jose Antonio Vargas, and many more.

Drawing from both historical and contemporary examples — including Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the Art for Justice Fund — Grossinger speaks directly to the challenges, needs, and successes of today’s activists across the artistic and political landscapes.

Ken Grossinger has been a leading strategist in movements for social and economic justice for thirty-five years, in unions and community organizations, and as director of Impact Philanthropy in Democracy Partners. Among other cultural projects, he co-executive produced the award-winning Netflix documentaries The Social Dilemma and The Bleeding Edge. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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