2019 Artists Dismantling Capitalism 

The 2nd annual Symposium was held in Arcata in the Creamery District on February 23, 2019 and was a highly participatory effort to bring together artists, culture workers, social change agents and anyone and everyone who knows that we can collectively create a society that is loving, compassionate, inclusive and beautiful.
Over 150 local artists and activists participated in the 10 sessions that were offered.
  • Group Shake: A Liberatory Physical Practice to Invigorate Any Body: We will shake together in a dance party atmosphere in order to wake up and enliven the senses. All bodies welcome. This practice originated from postmodern performance research as a methodology for accessing physicality and energetic movement across a broad spectrum.
  • The Big Picture: A short (but deep) dive into the inter-relatedness of patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and white supremacy as a way to ground our time together. David Cobb
  • Collective art making outside of the Systems: Explore examples of collective art making that incubates artists to create without the pressures of mainstream dominant culture and capitalism. Sacha, founder of Fancyland, a queer land project and artist residency
  • Image Theatre: Compare the current economy built on extraction, exploitation, and enclosure to a solidarity economy based regeneration, cooperation, and ecological and social well-being by using theatre games and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Sarah Peters, James Peck, and Ruthi Engelke
  • Art & Politics: If the role of the artist is to make the resistance irresistible, then the role of the politician is to make it practical. Caroline Griffin, Leon Villagomez, David Cobb and Johnathon DeSoto.
  • Conversations about Power: Come think critically and collectively define terms of oppression. What does patriarchy mean? Let’s discuss toxic masculinity and internalized misogyny through words and imagery. Come build an expansive collage while we smash patriarchy one word at a time. Bianca Lago
  • Art & Spirituality: An exploration of how art and spirituality shape culture, and the role they play in helping to create social change. Facilitated by Rev. Lynne Hubbard, Pastor at Grace Good Shepherd Church in McKinleyville
  • Alternate Inhabitations: This workshop will begin with a brief outline and discussion of theories of embodied practice. We will then use contemporary and postmodern performance technique to create space for other way of being in body and with one another. Bring Costumes. Leslie Castellano
  • Win as Much as You Can: “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” - Plato
    In this workshop we will play a fun game based on asset building and friendly group interplay. A discussion will follow to reflect on the structures that define the way we conduct ourselves in the face of limited resources. James Peck
  • Arts & Radicalizing Education: Self-expression, problem solving, discernment and reflection: all these things are taught through the arts and ALL of these skills will be needed for the upcoming generation to tackle the problems they will face, especially the imagining of a post-capitalist existence. Dionna'
  • Be the Media: “Be The Media” Learn the theory and practice of using zines as persuasive propaganda to build solidarity for liberation and freedom. Aaron Steichen
  • Art & the Prison Industrial Complex: Dell'Arte faculty present the Pelican Bay Theatre Project and share an excerpt from a new play written by incarcerated writer John Purugganan. Zuzca Sabata
  • Any One of Us - Words from Women in Prison: a collection of stories from the raw voices of fierceness and honesty written by the original 15 women combined with writing from women in prisons across the nation moving forward toward healing, understanding, and change with the ultimate goal of using their writing and voices to impact policy, laws and treatment of incarcerated women. Vanessa Vrtiak and Caterina Kein
  • Artivism: Craftivism, activism through craft. SCRAP Humboldt director, Malia Matsumoto, leads a workshop that is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger and your compassion deeper. All materials will be provided by SCRAP to get you started.

2018 Artists Dismantling Capitalism 

The first ADC on February 24, 2018 was a highly participatory symposium created in an effort to bring together artists, culture workers, social change agents and anyone who knows that we can collectively create a society that is loving, compassionate, inclusive and beautiful. The Symposium was inspired by the experience of Synapsis Incubator losing it’s space, coupled with the release of the City of Eureka’s Strategic Arts Plan for 2017-2022.

Over 100 local artists and activists participated in the 10 sessions that were offered.

  • The Big Picture: A short (but deep) dive into the inter-relatedness of patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and white supremacy as a way to ground our time together.
  • Artists Union workshop: We will examine artist's experiences in the local market, determine what is needed to improve their conditions, and explore the possibility of creating some sort of union/cooperative.
  • Discussion of Women in the Arts, organizing many generations of local women in any and all disciplines in the arts in order to share experiences, discuss the significance of our roles and strategize for more successful representation and visibility in the local arts community.
  • Opportunities in Excess: An exploration of local excess and the opportunities they present to engage the circular economy and sustainability practices within art making.
  • Image Theatre: Understand the Pillars of Economy, and then apply those pillars to compare the current economy built on extraction, exploitation, and enclosure to a solidarity economy based regeneration, cooperation, and ecological and social well-being by using theatre games and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.
  • Women of Color against Racism: Women of color talk about their experiences in Humboldt county.
  • Societies for Poetic Action: Discover what a local, politically, environmentally and civilly engage art collective is doing to affect their community and see how you can get involved or gain inspiration for your own practice.
  • Decoder ring not included: Our awareness of the ways different systems of oppression inform beauty defaults in fine art is a powerful tool in fight for equality. This fact-based, skill-building, decoder-ring style workshop! (Some assembly required.)
  • Artist critique of strategic arts plan: Policy affects, in very concrete ways, how art is perceived and funded. Deconstruct, discuss, help develop a critique of how Eureka’s “Strategic Arts Plan” affects our creative community.