Arts as a Political Activator
Arts as a Political Activator

Art as a Political Activator

Civically Speaking



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Ohio Organizing Coalition (OOC) in Columbus, 1Hood in Pittsburgh, and MS Votes in Jackson are three of the many organizations that have successfully incorporated art in all its forms to inspire civic engagement among young people of color. In a roundtable moderated by Harvard Graduate School of Education Lecturer on Education Aysha Upchurch, OOC’s Co-Executive Director Prentiss Haney, 1Hood’s Co-Founder Jasiri X, and MS Votes’ Executive Director Arekia Bennett-Scott discuss the impact and importance of the arts as means to connect with and empower young people to be politically active.

Co-presented by The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School

Production Sponsors of 1776
Katie and Paul Buttenwieser
The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust
Allison Johnson
Serena and Bill Lese
Education and Engagement Support of 1776
Ford Foundation
Additional Production Support of 1776
Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine
Janet and Irv Plotkin
Professor Mark V. Tushnet
National Endowment for the Arts
Additional Education and Engagement Support of 1776
Bank of America
Fresh Sound Foundation
Klarman Family Foundation
Mass Humanities
Production Support of 1776 at Roundabout Theatre Company
Elizabeth Armstrong