“What is the point of culture? Culture functions ultimately to ensure the preservation and continuity of a people.”
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Shirin Neshat, and Mickalene Thomas are among the artists who will launch the first #ArtActionDay on January 20, 2018—the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. Today, a coalition of artists, cultural organizations, and companies like Tumblr and Spotify will host nationwide readings, panel discussions, workshops, and a special Spotify “creativity boost” playlist curated by artist Laurie Anderson.
As stated on their website:
Brought together by Laurie Anderson, Laura Michalchyshyn, and Tanya Selvaratnam, we believe in the need both to heighten our sense of our shared humanity, to work for equality and justice, and to communicate visions of what our world could be. We believe in engaging audiences to secure a more democratic future. The arts must serve as a catalyst to achieve these goals.