This American School Wants to Turn Artists into Politicians

This American School Wants to Turn Artists into Politicians

Words Tori West

As Carrie Fisher famously once said, "Mend your broken heart and turn it into art".

It’s not been a great year for global politics and especially for our friends in America. In the past four weeks alone they’ve witnessed everything from Nazi-sympathising, threats of a nuclear war, deadly protests and their highest man in office almost blinding himself from looking at the solar eclipse (obviously). So in response to their president’s lack of human empathy, incompetence in his position and well, just darn right stupidity, Artist Campaign School in Detroit is taking the matter into their own hands. The school is offering to train artists in everything they need to know about launching a political campaign, from fundraising to putting together a political statement.

“We believe that some of the most important decisions that affect our community are being made at the local level.”

“Artists tend to be an active and passionate bunch. When they see something wrong in the world, they want to get involved and fix it. But when that something is politics, it’s hard to figure out where to begin,” said the school on their website. The programme is open to artists and arts administrators from across the political spectrum, regardless of the profile of the office they seek, “We believe that some of the most important decisions that affect our community are being made at the local level.”

In such a turbulent time in global politics, political artworks have dominated our social channels over the last year and are becoming recognised for their educational value. Earlier this month, London’s Design Museum announced the shortlist for their design of the year award, praising many political works including Wolfgang Tillman’s remain campaign.

Applications for the course close on September 15, 2017 and those selected will begin training on October 26–28, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan. If you are ready to make a serious impact in your community and stand up for artist values, apply today!