Favianna Rodriguez

President
The Center for Cultural Power
Favianna Rodriguez (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create lasting social change. Her art addresses migration, gender justice, sexual freedom and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and activism, and leads art workshops at institutions around the country. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship. Favianna co-founded CultureStrike in 2011, a national arts organization that engages artists in social justice. She co-founded The Center for Cultural Power to build a home and infrastructure for artists, story-tellers, and cultural workers.

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Is Being Climate Woke Enough? Artist Power for Climate Justice

Workshop attendees will engage in a participatory, art-making workshop that explores the reimagining of the narrative around climate change. Through amplifying conversations that center frontline communities that have been leading movements towards both environmental and racial justice, #ClimateWoke aims to change the story about climate justice by centering low-income, communities of color, and migrants most impacted by climate change. Our fight for climate justice is intersectional and centers the leadership of communities on the frontlines. #ClimateWoke means more than being woke to our current environmental and climate crises. It also means being aware of who holds the solutions and how allies can take the lead from frontline communities, often undocumented & migrant communities and communities of color. Real change can only happen when people acknowledge climate change policies and storytelling need to be enacted with social, racial, and environmental justice at the center.

The Center for Cultural Power The Center for Cultural Power inspires artists and culture makers to imagine a world where power is distributed equitably and we live in harmony with nature. The Center for Cultural Power is creating a thriving ecosystem for artists and culture makers -- who are dismantling systems of oppression and are dedicated to transformational creative practices The Center incubates, organizes, activates, and amplifies artists who want to put efforts towards the climate crisis and be catalysts of change. We also collaborate with movement-building organizations to better engage and activate with artists and artists leadership.

Speakers: Favianna Rodriguez, Layel Camargo

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

Art & Agitation: On the Power of Cultural Strategy

Culture is the realm of ideas, images and stories; it is where people make sense of the world and where they find meaning and forge community. History shows that when the culture changes, politics follows. Culture can reach audiences beyond the bounds of what community organizing and policy-based organizing can do. While the media is laced with myths, stereotypes and misrepresentation of grassroots movements, cultural interventions can play a key role in pushing forward stories that help shift the public debate. A growing movement of artists around the country are using cultural tools to fight economic inequality, corporations, banks and anti-migrant hate. In this session, artist-activists, writers, cultural leaders and creative institutions will discuss models for connecting artists to movements for social change.

Speakers: Favianna Rodriguez, Julio Salgado, Jose Antonio Vargas, Kalima Young