Photo: Singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon performing during last year’s Creative Change Retreat. (Credit: The Opportunity Agenda)
This summer, Arts & Culture grantee The Opportunity Agenda hosted its fourth annual Creative Change retreat, a week-long gathering that convenes a diverse group of thought leaders working to build the Arts and Social Justice field.
Through a combination of group sessions, collaborative work and informal activities, Creative Change creates a space where advocates, artists, media makers, cultural organizers and donors can connect, reflect, share ideas, and brainstorm innovative ways of inspiring and mobilizing support for social justice values and solutions through the arts. The Culture Group and Welcoming America’s You’re Welcome! campaign are examples of influential artists-driven initiatives that have emerged from collaborations formed during past Creative Change retreats.
Set against the backdrop of Utah’s picturesque Sundance Resort, this year’s retreat focused on economic justice, immigrant opportunity, reproductive justice, and media images of LGBT people of color and Black men and boys. Approximately 90 culture-changers attended the gathering. They took part in collaborative creative teams and discussions, hiked through Mount Timpanogos, and were inspired by performances and presentations by an array of talented artists, including filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians.
The Opportunity Agenda is a communications, research and advocacy organization dedicated to building a national will to expand opportunity in America. For more information about its work, check out www.opportunityagenda.org.