Offered by: Adam Horowitz, Chief Instigator
At-a-glance: A playful, galvanizing performance-lecture sharing the story, purpose, and underlying values of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.
Description: Learn about the why, what, who, and how of the people-powered department In this dynamic performance-lecture. In character as the Deputy Secretary Norman Beckett, Horowitz combines stories, images, and video from the USDAC’s national antics to make a compelling case for cultural democracy and an urgent call to creative action. This lively talk introduces audiences to an array of concepts—cultural agency, creative placekeeping, large-scale creative organizing, high-impact low infrastructure initiatives, and much more—and gives them concrete steps they can take to enact cultural shift, locally and nationally. Versions of this performance-lecture have been delivered at universities, conferences, and cultural organizations; both the duration and thematic content can be adapted to match the context in which it’s offered.