The Brooklyn Conference will explore the intersections of art and social justice, shining a light on what unites and separates us as a nation
Artists, filmmakers, writers, pundits, elected officials and social justice activist from around the country will gather in Kings County, beginning Thursday, October 19 – Saturday, October 21, for a first-ever “Brooklyn Conference” an effort to build thought leadership and creative approaches around social change.
The Brooklyn Conference will take place at the Brooklyn Museum and will include three days of dynamic and thought-provoking programming that will explore the intersections of art and social justice, shining a light on what unites and separates us a nation, in hopes of inspiring a more connected, civic, and empathetic world.
Friday includes a full day of programming and networking from 9 am – 6 pm, followed by a cocktail reception from 6 pm – 8 pm.
- Keynote: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D ‒ New York)
- Charles Blow, op-ed columnist, The New York Times
- Tania Bruguera, artist
- Bob Bland, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
- Murad Awawdeh, Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition
- Deborah Berke, architect; Dean, Yale School of Architecture
- Rashida Bumbray, curator, choreographer
- Amanda de Cadenet, photographer, producer; creator of The Conversation, on Lifetime
- Katie Capiello, teacher, writer, director
- Judy Chicago, artist
- Sarah Sophie Flicker, performer, activist
- Jodi Archambault Gillette, President Barack Obama’s special assistant for Native American affairs
- Ebony Noelle Golden, founder, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collective
- Sally Kohn, political commentator, CNN
- Shaun Leonardo, artist
- Paola Mendoza, filmmaker, activist
- Carmen Papalia, artist
- Claudia Rankine, writer
- Laurie Jo Reynolds, artist
- Linda Sarsour, co-founder, Women’s March on Washington
- Alvin Starks, Open Society Foundation
- Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
- Hank Willis Thomas, artist
- Roberta Uno, theater director; founder, ArtChange US: Art in a Changing America
Saturday, the final day of the conference includes a full day of workshops and film screenings from 10 am – 5 pm, followed by an evening reception.
- Mirror/Echo/Tilt: Performance Workshop Led by Shaun Leonardo
- Protest Poster Workshop: Hosted by Amplifier
- The Women’s March Presents “The Resistance Revival” Workshop
- Open Access: A Demonstration by Carmen Papalia
- Staging Change: The Fusion of Theater Arts and Activism by Katie Cappiello
- Teen Photography Workshop: Hosted by GirlGaze (free)
The Brooklyn Conference will take place at the Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor.
Conference tickets are $65–$150. Student and artist discounts ($25–$85) are available by emailing [email protected]. Limited number of tickets available. Student and artist discounts ($25 – $85) are available by emailing [email protected]. Limited number tickets available. A Networking Boxed Lunch is available for $19 dollars a day.