Creative Time is an organization that supports the power of the artist’s voice to catalyze social change by connecting social activism, public engagement and artistic expression. The organization commissions and presents thought-provoking public art projects with artists throughout New York City, across the country, and the world. Every year, Creative Time puts on its annual Summit to amplify its mission and encourage dynamic dialogue about social justice issues between artists and the community. The Illumination Fund has supported the Summit in the past (2010-2013), allowing Creative Time to broaden the scope of content, increase the diversity of the audience and presenters, and expand the reach of the conference through a live stream to a global audience. As a result, the Summit has become a catalytic force in spurring artists and institutions to engage in “social practice art.”
The 2013 Summit drew 1,000 attendees and 41 participating artists, activists, curators and scholars from 25 countries to deliver powerful talks that explored the intersection of place, capitalism, class dimensions, art, and social justice in the contemporary city.
Creative Time significantly increased their national and international screening sites from 30 to 73, including MASS MOCA in Massachusetts, the Anyang Public Art Project in Korea, and NYU Abu Dhabi.
The global community – connecting communities in India to Germany to Brazil to the United States – continues to exchange ideas of change and share knowledge long after the Summit ends. This ongoing breadth of engagement is key to Creative Time’s success.