Artists Respond and Resist Together (ARRT)

About ARRT

We are an affiliation of artists joined together by our shared belief in the power of art to effect social change and protect democratic values. Our creative skills support progressive social actions in our local community and beyond.

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Summer of ARRT for Radical Times

This summer ARRT will be hosting a series of art related activities to engage community members in art resistance activities.  Art has been used throughout history as a way to push back against injustices and to question larger cultural ideas and norms. With our current political climate there has been an increase in art speaking out against these actions. This series will incorporate ways to view, connect, create, and discuss the issues we are currently faced with.  We hope that you will join us for these important and vital activities.

Summer 2019 Event Schedule

ARRT Annual Exhibition Human/Nature

Friday, July 26 - Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

Friday, July 26 Opening Night 7–9pm

Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

ARRT (Artists Respond and Resist Together) is collaborating with the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) to build momentum and inspire a more informed and active citizenry with its third annual juried exhibit at RCNV

Against the backdrop of an increasingly endangered planet, art is gaining new relevance. We recognize that we have entered a new geologic era, the Anthropocene, marked by the impact of human activity on the earth and its resources. Hence the title of the exhibition is Human/Nature implying the relationship humans have to the natural world. But at the same time we as artists can contemplate Human Nature and how it might provide some window of hope, for it is in our very nature to flourish, heal and nurture. Art can be instrumental in pointing the way towards a more ecologically sustainable future. We hope you will join us for this thought provoking exhibition.

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Film Screening

Saturday, July 27, 2019 Doors at 7pm, film at 7:30pm

Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Grit by Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade  

Reserve Tickets HERE

About the film:

When Dian was 6 years old, she heard a deep rumble and turned to see a tsunami of mud barreling towards her village. She remembers her mother scooping her up to save her from the boiling mud. Her neighbors ran for their lives. Sixteen villages, including Dian’s, were wiped away.

A decade later, nearly 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area in East Java, located just 20 kilometers from Indonesia’s second largest city. Dozens of factories, schools and mosques are submerged 60 feet under a moonscape of cracked mud. Read More…

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First Friday Art Reception

Friday, August 2, 2019 6:00pm–9:00pm

Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Join the artists in the Human/Nature exhibition for a First Friday Reception. Meet and discuss art with the artists while enjoying some refreshments.

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Community Talk  and Hands-on Art Making for Change Workshop with David Solnit

Community Talk–Friday, August 9, 2019 7:30pm–9:00pm

Workshop–Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00am–4:00pm

Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV) 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 

David Solnit is a climate justice, global justice, anti-war, arts, and direct action organizer, an author, a puppeteer, and a trainer from the Bay Area. He is co-founder of Courage to Resist, co-author of Army of None. He is co-founder of Art and Revolution, using culture, art, giant puppets and theater in mass mobilizations, for popular education and as an organizing tool.

Friday Community Talk with David Solnit – in this evening presentation and conversation, David and guests will discuss the use of arts organizing for social change.

Saturday Workshop with David Solnit – Workshop with David Solnit. A day long workshop on climate justice and its intersecting movements and struggles. Hands on banner/flag painting/stenciling, street murals and screen printing. 

Please bring a bag lunch and folding chair. Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting paint on. Snacks and drinks will be provided along with art supplies. We are requesting a $10 donation to help cover art supply and RCNV costs but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration is requested so that we may be able to accommodate space for all attendees. Please register HERE.  

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Climate Strike Art Build

Saturday, September 14, 2019 1–4pm

Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCVN) 612 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Climate Strike is organized locally by Santa Cruz Climate Action Network. Click here for a full list of events on September 20–27, 2019. The strike is organized globally by the Global Climate Strike