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Arts & Creativity

Arts & Creativity

Creativity is an abundant resource! People have the ability to come up with imaginative means to challenge and solve the many problems in our society. Creative approaches can be fun and attention grabbing, engaging new audiences and supporters and catching opponents off-guard. Here are many examples along with practical tips.

Two protestors have chained themselves to the railway line.

Frontline Action on Coal FLAC: Ten Years on the Climate Frontline

Introduction Since 2012 Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) have regularly opposed new fossil fuel projects in Australia through the use of blockades and other means of non-violent direct action. In the process they have trained and involved thousands of people from all walks of life in creative and disruptive tactics. In this retrospective Andy Paine […]

crowd of holographic protestors walking on street at night with protest signs

Creative activism: Hologram protest

The practicalities and possibilities of using holograms to challenge and subvert anti-protest laws are explored in this case study from Spain.

paintbrushes covered in paint

Creative Activism: Start Here

Suggestions from the Commons Librarians about resources to explore in the Arts & Creativity topic area – to help you bring more art and heart to your social change activities.

Protestors wearing masks and holding placards gathering for a Black Lives Matter rally.

Make Change: How-To’s for Effective Peaceful Protest

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement this article includes tips and links to make what you need for safe, peaceful, and effective protest. Includes signs, effigies, banners, street art, ways to manage pepper spray and tear gas, surveillance considerations and interactions with police liaison.

4 images of protestors at Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 in the US

Defund the police! (Creatively)

A look at the creative tactics being used to defund the police. Protest resources from Beautiful Trouble for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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