Creative Time Summit Coming to D.C. and the Corcoran

Creative Time Summit promotional photo
September 23, 2016

The Creative Time Summit, the largest international conference on art and social change, is headed to D.C. Oct. 14-16, with a full day of events taking place at the Corcoran on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Taking place days before the presidential elections, this year’s Summit will feature more than 50 speakers, including Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza; artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich ObristHaneen; Zoabi, Israeli Arab politician currently serving as a member of the Knesset for the Join List; Minor Threat and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye; and genderqueer artist Vaginal Davis.

Key topics explored through keynotes, performances and short talks will include the construction of queerness, life in the age of the Anthropocene and organizing in the face of systemic violence and immediate threat. The Summit will also include a special series that embraces the irrational upon the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of Dada. Additionally, the Summit will offer unique opportunities for attendees and presenters to engage over lunch with art collective the Great Tortilla Conspiracy, evening events hosted by local establishments, and inside the Culturerunners RV, a mobile art space and community center exploring common concerns between the United States and Middle East.

A full list of speakers and events can be found here


Day Three at the Corcoran

Co-organized with Provisions Library, day three of the Summit will take place the Corcoran's Flagg Building. The day will begin with a performance and political rally as part of Sheldon for DC, a grassroots campaign for D.C.’s first Minister of Culture, initiated by artist Sheldon Scott and Washington Project for the Arts.

The rally will be followed by more than 35 hour-long breakout sessions led primarily by D.C.- and Baltimore-area artists, activists, educators and community leaders, selected via open call.

Small group conversations, field trips and workshops will address a myriad of social and political issues, as well as topics central to artists and students practicing today. Highlights include:

  • a workshop on how to fight an internet shutdown with writer Deji Bryce Olukotun;
  • a roundtable with #BLM community leaders Omolara Williams and Tanya Bernard;
  • a special tour and conversation in the Dupont Underground, the subterranean former streetcar station under Dupont Circle;
  • and a field day of political New New Games with artist Robby Herbst on the lawn of the National Mall.

Session leaders: Andy Fernandez, Ben Ashworth, Bruce McKaig, Carmen Montoya, Carol Dyson, Critical Exposure, Culture Runners, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Dupont Underground, Erik Moe, Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, Garth Ross, Giovanna Chesler, Gretchen Coombs, Hamiltonian Gallery, Kymone Freeman, Kayleigh Bryant Greenwell with Adriel Luis & Sheldon Scott, Maen Hammad, Matthew Slaats, Niama Safia Sandy, Oak Hill, Omolara Williams & Tonya Bernard, Pam Korza & Jessica Solomon, Robby Herbst, Natalie Campbell & Saisha Grayson, Sanjit Sethi & Richard Saxton, Words, Beats, Life & Murals DC and more.

Passes to the full three days of events can be purchased here