Artists as Activists: Creatively Driving Change Symposium

"Artists as Activists: Creatively Driving Change" will be held on campus September 20-21, 2018. This fall symposium will showcase Grinnellian artists who use their talents to create meaningful change in their communities and the world. Through various workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities, we hope current students and alumni participants will leave empowered and inspired to make a difference. The mission of "Artists as Activists: Creatively Driving Change" is to acknowledge, celebrate, and empower artists as agents of social change. 

Event schedule

Thursday, September 20

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Panel discussion including alumni from dance, film, music, studio art, theatre. Sample topics include:

  • How do you leverage your unique skills and creativity as an agent for social change?
  • How do you secure funding to bring your ideas to life?
  • How can you be a good community partner rather than an outside voice of privilege?
  • How do you find a target audience, rather than "preaching to the choir"?
  • How do you combat burnout and cynicism?

7:00 p.m.: Alumni film showing & discussion

Friday, September 21

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Alumni/student lunch in Marketplace Caf&eacute
4:15 – 5:15p.m: Two workshop breakout sessions
5:30 p.m.: Dinner
7:00 p.m.: Keynote speaker and reception

Additional event and speaker details will be available soon.

RSVP to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations by Thursday, September 6. Online: below or by phone 866-850-1846.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Vonderheide, assistant director of donor and alumni relations for career programs, at

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Thursday September 20
4:15 PM - 9:00 PM
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