20.10.2017 / 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern ParkwayBrooklyn, New York 11238-6052


The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change

We are organizing a major gathering of artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers alongside leaders, activists, and elected officials for two days of dynamic and thought-provoking programming. The Brooklyn Conference explores the intersections of art and social justice, shining a light on what unites and separates us as a nation, and in hopes of inspiring a more connected, civic, and empathetic world. Join us for some creative thinking about social change.

The Fight for Opportunity: Immigration Now Tania Bruguera, artist and inaugural Artist-in-Residence of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, joins Murad Awawdeh, Vice President of Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition, and artist Felipe Baeza for a discussion of political challenges facing New York’s immigrant communities and the creative possibilities of Arte Útil, or “useful art.”

The first day of the conference includes a full day of programming and networking, followed by a cocktail reception.

Speakers include:

  • 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 Collaborative
  • Sally Kohn, political commentator, CNN
  • Shaun Leonardo, artist
  • Paola Mendoza, filmmaker, activist
  • Carmen Papalia, artist
  • Adam Pendleton, 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