Make Action Arts
In May 2018, Goddard College hosted Make Action Arts for an activist art-making intensive. This Vermont-based group of artist activists has facilitated successful art-making events in support of direct action campaigns in Vermont and New York, including a “bomb train” blockade in the Port of Albany and Justicia Migrante’s “Melt the ICE” campaign. The event at the Goddard Haybarn invited members of the community to come together and create art in support of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a national civil rights movement carrying forward the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Guest artists included political comic book artist Seth Tobocman, OWS Puppet Guild founders Kim Fraczek and Rachel Schragis, and others, who joined Make Action Arts to facilitate community workshops in printmaking, street puppetry, banner making, and arts activism throughout the day on May 4 – 7, culminating in a cabaret of political music and performance at the Haybarn on Saturday May 5th and generating banners that were used in protests at the Vermont State House throughout the Summer.
This event was hosted in coordination with the launch Goddard’s new BFA in Socially Engaged Art, which supports students in catalyzing social change through innovative creative practice.