Cultural Agent Logostatic.squarespace Fellow travelers, creative muses and lightbeams, I'm excited to share that I'm one of 18 founding Cultural Agents across the nation as part of the new U.S. Department of Arts & Culture! 

What in the world is the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture?

It's a national movement dedicated to cultivating equity, empathy, and social change through creative, cultural action. The US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is the nation's newest people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to spark a grassroots, creative change movement, engaging millions in performing and creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.  http://usdac.us/

As founding Cultural Agents we're supporting the development of tools and infrastructure that will enable anyone to step up as a Cultural Agent. Find out more about this dynamic group of humans: www.usdac.us/cultural-agents

Can't you see why I'm excited?! There's so much alignment with USDAC and the vision for the work at Art in Praxis. 

What does the USDAC look like in practice/praxis?

It looks like you and me, creating the world we wish to inhabit. It looks like you joining me, enlisting as a Citizen Artist. If you're in the NYC area, it's you visiting the USDAC Pop-Up space at the Bowery Cafe. (You could even catch today's livestreamed  "USDAC Performative Press Conference" at 2:10pm.)

There is much more to come about my work/our work with the USDAC, including details about a DC "Imagining" -  part facilitated dialogue and part community cultural celebration. Imaginings will also be hosted by my fellow Cultural Agents in their communities. (Imaginings bring together artists, organizers, and others to 1) envision their communities and the country in the year 2034, when art’s transformative power has been fully integrated into all aspects of public life and 2) spark creative ideas about how to get there, starting now.)

 On we go, 

Jess Solomon

jess@artinpraxis.org