Artistic Micro-Movements

Last January, I wrote this post in response the inauguration of #45. The premise behind the post was simple: What small things can you do today to make a difference in the world? In January and February, our collective efforts played out on a daily basis, both on line and in person.

Now, we are exactly 231 days, 0 hours, 26 minutes and 42 seconds into the presidency of #45 so I’ll ask you this: What are you doing today to help make the changes you’d like to see happen tomorrow?

If you’re like me, the rescinding of DACA is on your mind. Now is the time to let your voice be heard.  Here are some examples of artistically minded micro-movements that might help to inspire you.

  1. Musicians Take A Stand is an organization under the umbrella of another amazing organization called the Phoenix Ensemble. Musicans Take a Stand advocates for musicians across the country who wish to bring attention to humanitarian causes, and supports other organizations through the philanthropic contribution of our time and talent as artists for the benefit of others. On Saturday, they will give a benefit concert in Ann Arbor titled “Musicians Take a Stand for Refugees.”
  2. PUBLIQuartet has been effectively blurring the lines between classical music, improvisation, and musical activism for the past several years. They used their residency at the MET to explore what happens when you blend the three concepts together and the result was a beautiful form of expression unique to the ensemble.
  3. Urban Voices Project is an organization under the umbrella of another wonderful organization, Street Symphony.  UVP brings the healing power of music directly to individuals disenfranchised by homelessness, mental health issues and unemployment.
  4. Finally, here are two sites you can click on as you think about creating your own micro-movement.
    1. Click on this Dream Act Tool Kit and take action. The goal for this sight is to encourage Congress to pass a clean version of the Dream Act within the next six months. It takes less than 10 minutes and our legislators need to hear your voice.
    2. Americans for the Arts created this page, which offers options for how you can help Hurricane Harvey victims.

What are you doing today to help change the world tomorrow and who else is doing interesting work in this world?  Please share your thoughts below in the comment section.

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Nate Zeisler is the Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He envisions a world where students majoring in the arts have a clear path to a sustainable career, where creative minds are empowered and inspired to rule the workforce, and where access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all.

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