Contributors

ArtsEverywhere features over 150 contributors from around the world, all passionate about the transformative power of the arts. They include artists, policy makers, ecologists, mathematicians, philosophers, children, city builders, social justice leaders, farmers, educators, activists, and many others.

Aaron Landsman is a New York City theater artist. He is Playwright in Residence at Abrons Arts Center and a Visiting Associate Professor and Humanities Fellow at Princeton.

Ahmet Altan is a Turkish novelist and journalist imprisoned for allegedly sending “subliminal messages” while on a television talk show, an action the state describes as “knowingly and willingly assisting a terrorist organization.

Ahmet Öğüt is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing, and print media.

Aïcha Diallo is joint Program Director of the art education program KontextSchule, affiliated with the UdK/University of the Arts, Berlin, and is Associate Editor of Contemporary And (C&).

Aislinn Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, sculpture, installation, and text. She culls material from everyday experiences and relationships, creating work that ranges from poignant to absurd (and at times straddles both).

Ajamu is a fine art photographic artist and archive-curator whose work has been consistently shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

Ajay Heble is the founding Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), and Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Alessandra Pomarico is a curator of international and multidisciplinary residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change.

Alexei Penzin received his PhD from the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. His research centres on contemporary interpretations of Marxist thought, continental philosophy and critical theory, contemporary art theory, and Soviet and post-Soviet intellectual and cultural history.

The one and only, magical magnificent Aliosha Pantalone, founder of the legendary Lame Rhyme Sound System.

An independent cultural producer, curator, and writer based in Guelph, Alissa Firth-Eagland explores flexible, creative, nurturing, place-based projects. She volunteers in her community, acts as a program consultant to Canadian not-for-profits, and writes about relationships between people, culture, and place.

Althea Thauberger is an artist, filmmaker and educator contributing to experimental practices in social documentary. Her projects are produced, in situ responsive processes involving collaborative research and production.

Alyssa Alpine is an arts administrator, dancer, and writer with over fifteen years of experience in New York’s non-profit arts world. Since graduating from Columbia University, she’s held a variety of positions at organizations large (Lincoln Center) and small (New York Live Arts) that have honed her strategic thinking, management, and communication skills.

Andrew Vowles writes on arts, culture and connections in Guelph, Ontario. He has written about science, environment, arts, culture, health and travel.

Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is the author of numerous books, including Women, Race, and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Anna Bowen is a Guelph-based writer, poet, and editor. She works at Arts Everywhere, Musagetes, and Publication Studio Guelph. She is former news editor at This Magazine and has an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies (now Social Justice Education) from OISE/University of Toronto.

Anna Poletti is a writer and researcher whose most recent book is Stories of the Self: Life Writing After the Book (New York University Press, 2020).

Anne Focke’s writing draws on a long life as an artist, organizer, editor, planner, and manager, and as an instigator of both lasting and temporary nonprofit, for-profit, and informal projects. She works with words and ideas, and most importantly with other people.

Anne Trumble is a landscape and urban designer based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Cultural Landscape Agency and Emerging Terrain, organizations with missions of increasing engagement in the built environment.

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, activist, and consultant based in California. She is the author of two new books, The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and 

Ashon Crawley is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching experiences are in the areas of Black Studies, Performance Theory and Sound Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Black Feminist, and Queer theories.

Aylan Couchie is an interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on Indigenous monument and public art.

Ayumi Goto is a performance apprentice, currently based in Toronto, traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Missisaugas of the New Credit First Nations. Born in Canada, she at times draws upon her Japanese heritage and language to creatively critique sentiments surrounding national culturalism, activist strategies, and land-human relations.

Benji Hart is an author, artist, and educator from Amherst, MA, living in Chicago. The writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, their essays have been anthologized in Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press.

Ben Rogers is an actor and musician, originally from the West Country of England, in the county of Dorset. He has divided his time between New Orleans, New York and the UK.

Ben Shields is a writer and cultural journalist. He lives in New York City and Israel.

Bettina Aptheker is a scholar-activist who is currently Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Feminist Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, and holder of the Peggy & Jack Baskin UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and is reading for an M.St. in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford. He was named by CBC Books as one of six Indigenous writers to watch, and his poetry has been published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Red Rising Magazine, SAD Mag, mâmawi-âcimowak, The Yellow Medicine Review, PRISM International, and The Malahat Review.

Bradley Cantrell is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and the MLA Program Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design.

cheyanne turions is an independent writer and curator concerned with art’s capacity to provoke otherwise possibilities. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include projects with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Audain Gallery (Vancouver), Gallery TPW (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto) and SBC galerie d’art contemporain (Montréal).

Carey West is a vocalist and educator whose professional experience motivates her research. She is interested in questions surrounding voice, agency and improvisation. Her MA thesis focused on best practices and liberatory experiences during extended vocal techniques and sound singing workshops.

Since the 1970s, poet, essayist, theorist, and scholar Charles Bernstein has published dozens of books, including poetry and essay collections, pamphlets, translations, collaborations, and libretti.

Chloe divides her time between her own filmmaking/writing practice, political activism and frontline teaching; running critical thinking programmes for at risk and marginalised young people. She is a director and co-founder of Otherfield Film Festival, and her work has been shown in international film festivals, including IDFA, Sheffield Documentary Festival and London Film Festival.

Artist, writer and filmmaker, her work combines approaches from performance, drawing, architecture, moving image and sound. Select works of hers has been featured at Jeu de Paume le magazine (2016), the Greek Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2016), Flux Factory, New York (2016), and YNKB, Copenhagen (2014).

Cíntia Guedes researches racism, sexism, and the production of subjectivities. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and holds a doctorate from the Communications School (ECO) of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she now teaches at the Art School (EBA).

Claire Miye Stanford is a PhD student in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Black Warrior Review, and Tin House Flash Fridays, among other publications.

Franco Ontarian sound and media artist, arts administrator and cultural worker. Program manager and strategic advisor at Canada Council for the Arts. Artiste sonore et médiatique, gestionnaire en art et travailleur culturel franco-ontarien. Gestionnaire de programme et conseiller stratégique au Conseil des arts du Canada.

Feminist, lesbian, anti-racist activist. Originally from Villaflores, Chiapas, Mexico. 42 years of age. Degree in Sociology. Master in Social Anthropology at Ciesas Sureste, with a Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and Systemic Therapy.

Author Coumba Touré comes from Mali and Senegal, in West Africa. With Muu-So, she has crafted a tale of the beauty of the process of creation and how it is also necessary to closely care for and love that which we are responsible for.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York City-based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.

Crystal Smith is a Tsimshian, Haisla and Heiltsuk warrior mother. She is living as guest on Unceded Coast Salish Territory and is currently a Graduate student at UBC. She is also an accomplished poet and spoken word performer.

Daniel Millette, PhD, MASA, MA, RPA, RPP, MCIP Daniel Millette has worked on Indigenous land matters for approximately twenty years. He is Director of Strategic Planning and Communications with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre.

Danila Bustamante é videomaker e produtora cultural. Criadora de pensamentos ilustres e complicados busca através do vídeo, formas diferentes e inusitadas para eternizar um bom momento.

David Ng is the Co-Artistic Director of Love Intersections–a media arts collective of queer artists of colour. His current artistic practices grapple with queer, racialized and diasporic identity, and how intersectional identities can be expressed through media arts.

David E. Patiño is a second-year Masters of Arts student at Union Theological Seminary focusing on Postcolonial Christian Ethics and Theology. Prior to attending Union Theological Seminary, David graduated in 2014 from Stanford University with a B.

Michel de Certeau (17 May 1925 – 9 January 1986) was a French Jesuit scholar whose work combined history, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and the social sciences. He was known as the philosopher of everyday life and widely regarded as a historian with interests ranging from travelogues of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to contemporary urban life.

Delphine Minoui is a journalist and Middle East correspondent for Le Figaro. She received the Albert-Londres Prize for her reporting on Iraq and Iran. Among Minoui’s many books in French, three have been published in English: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced; I’m Writing You from Tehran; and The Book Collectors, translated by Lara Vergnaud (now available from

Diana Ramarohetra is currently the Artwatch Africa Project Manager, within Arterial Network, based in Ivory Coast. This project aims to defend and promote Artist Rights, especially Artistic Freedom in Africa.

Dino Siwek is a researcher, educator, facilitator, writer and activist working on the interactions between ecological crises and systemic violences and on experimental and counter intuitive ways of learning that involves embodied practices as a way of finding deeper possibilities of being in and with the world.

Duygu Erbil is a PhD candidate in the ReAct (Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe) project at Utrecht University. While completing an RMA in Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University, she focused on the interplay between carceral textual cultures and the mediation of prison testimony in solitary confinement in the United States.

Edgar Calel Apen was born in Chi Xot, Comalapa, an Indigenous community called Maya Kaqchikel, Guatemala. In 2016, he was an artist-in-residence with Lanchonete.org and Lastro in São Paulo. He dedicates his work in the visual arts to his community perspectives that allow him to hear, write, see, and live this ancestral culture of which, throughout his work and life, he spreads its rituals and roots through paintings, videos, installations, performances, talks and his presence in different countries of Latin America.

Edgardo Leonel García is a young Zapotec, sociologist, and peasant apprentice from Southern Mexico. He is a founder and member of the Autonomous Cooperative of Sharing and Learning of Oaxaca (CACAO), which aids in the struggle for food sovereignty.

Eduardo Carrera Rivadeneira is the chief curator of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Quito, Ecuador. He was co-director of No Lugar – Arte Contemporáneo, as well as Advisor of the country’s Ministry of Culture and Heritage from 2015 to 2016.

Edwin Torres’ books include Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), and In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books). His work also appears in the anthologies, Angels of the Americlypse: New [email protected] Writing, Postmodern American Poetry Vol.

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For close to 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations locally and abroad.

Emelda Ochieng is a Kenyan journalist and filmmaker with years of experience working at the intersection of media and advocacy. Her work centers around uplifting narratives of marginalized communities.

Emma Kazaryan is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Creative Writing with a minor in Photography from Baruch College, CUNY.

Erica Hunt works at the forefront of experimental poetry and poetics, critical race theory, and feminist aesthetics. She has written three books of poetry: Arcade, with artist Alison Saar, Piece Logic, and Local History (Roof Books, 1993).

Erin Silver is a historian of queer feminist visual culture, performance, activism, and art history. She obtained a PhD in Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies from McGill University in 2013. She is the co-editor (with Amelia Jones) of Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), and co-edited (with taisha paggett) the winter 2017 issue of C Magazine, “Force,” on intersectional feminisms and movement cultures.

Erkan Özgen (Derik, Turkey, 1971) lives and works in Diyarbakır, Turkey. He graduated from Çukurova University Painting Department in 2000. He works on video-based installations and has participated in group exhibitions in Turkey and around the world.

Fatima El-Tayeb is a German historian and author and currently a Professor of African-American Literature and Culture at UC San Diego, California, USA.

Felipe Rivas San Martín is a visual artist and activist of the Sexual Dissidence. He earned his Master of Visual Arts at the University of Chile. He currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain, where he holds a Doctorate in Art from the UPV, as a fellow of the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research, CONICYT.

Fernando García-Dory’s (b. 1978) work engages specifically with the relationship between culture and nature now, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations concerned with identity, through to (global) crisis, utopia and the potential for social change.

Fred Dewey is a philosopher, artist, editor/publisher, educator, and civic activist based in Los Angeles and Brussels. His writing has been published in anthologies and international periodicals including the New Statesman, the LA Times, and numerous magazines, ‘zines, and monographs.

Friendly Food Donations is a grassroots project focused on supporting sustainable foodways among communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative was created by Jesi Jordan (traditional animator and documentary filmmaker from Ontario, Canada) and Erick García Gómez (folk painter and storyteller from San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico).

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Gian Spina is a writer, researcher and artist. He has taught in institutions such as the International Art Academy Palestine, and the Escola da Cidade (São Paulo). Today he is learning Arabic, and attempting to construct an interdisciplinary body of work on the materialization of power in the public sphere.

Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist, author, and educator. He is the founder and director of the international performance troupe, Virtual Vérité (2005-2017) and a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the L.A.-based performance group.

Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar Professorship in Critical Pedagogy.

Ian Bateson is a freelance journalist based in Ukraine.

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is a central source for the collection and dissemination of research on improvised creative practices. The Institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.

Ilya Budraitskis is a historian, activist and curator based in Moscow, Russia. He is on the editorial boards of several print and online publications, including Moscow Art Magazine, Openleft and LeftEast.

Isin Önol (1977, Turkey) is a writer and curator based in Vienna and New York. She is a member of Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, New York. She works as a guest critic at the Arts & Design MFA program at Montclair University, New Jersey and as a visiting curator at the Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

Jacob Cohen is a Brooklyn-based experimental cellist, visual artist, NYC subway performer and found-object instrument maker. His drawings of young inmates on Rikers Island were featured in an exhibition at the Queens Museum titled Dispatches from the Ghost Ship.

Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist and activist based in London, Ontario, Canada. Her works are in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Museum London, London, Ontario, the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia and the New Museum, New York, NY.

James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others.

Jane Philbrick is an artist, educator, and writer. Her large-scale installations and sculpture range in media from ultrasound and rammed earth to magnetic levitation and found space. She works in collaboration across disciplines in science and engineering, architecture, music, and performance.

Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, and Toronto, and has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994.

Jaroslav Andel is an artist and independent curator who lives in Prague and New York. He served as a consultant to the Council of Europe on its conference and new platform “Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy”.

Jarri Castro occasionally writes about cis-performativity and queer subcultures. He was selected for the Capacete art-residency in Athens, where he is currently trying to become an artist.

Jason McBride is a Toronto-based writer and editor who has written on culture and politics for the Globe and Mail, New York, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Maclean’s, Slate, The Walrus and many other publications.

Jeannette Hicks is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a visual artist. Her current philosophical research investigates history, power, and resistance in Michel Foucault’s projected archaeology of the visual arts.

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, and educator dedicated to re-imagining the spaces between artistic and academic disciplines, and to promoting health and wellness through the arts.

Jessica Hein works within a drawing-based practice that is informed by experiential, interdisciplinary, and process based methods. Her work explores the mediated experience of our environment—through memory, the body, technology, time, or distance.

Jonathan Brooks Platt writes on topics including Stalin-era culture, representations of reading in Russian Romanticism, and the actionist tradition in Russian contemporary art. His monograph, Greetings, Pushkin!: Stalinist Cultural Politics and the Russian National Bard appeared in 2017 through the University of Pittsburgh Press and, in Russian translation, the European University in St.

Joshua Furst’s novel The Sabotage Café won the 2008 Grub Street Fiction Prize and was named a best book of the year by the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News and the Philadelphia City Paper. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People.

Jota Mombaça Is a non-binary bicha, born and raised in the northeast of Brazil, who writes, performs and academically studies on the relations between monstruosity and humanity, kuir studies, de-colonial turns, political intersectionality, anti-colonial justice, redistribution of violence, visionary fictions, the end of the world and tensions among ethics, aesthetics, art and politics in the knowledge productions of the global south-of-the-south.

Joy Roberts is a communicator, philanthropist, and fundraiser with emphases on natural environments and ecologies and on the value of the arts in our daily lives. Joy is a founder of the Musagetes Foundation and the Eramosa Institute.

Juli Parrish is a Teaching Professor and the Writing Center Director at the University of Denver, and a co-editor of the journal Literacy and Composition Studies.

Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. He is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary collective that was included in both the 2017 Whitney Biennial and documenta 14.

Kahsenniyo Williams is a spoken word artist from the Mohawk Nation Wolf Clan. Kahsenniyo began utilizing her poetry as a tool for social change and community engagement in 2008. Her work is centered around Indigenous issues.

Karen Houle hails from Northern Ontario but calls Guelph home. Her twin girls, Kuusta Laird Barry and Cézanne Houle, are a quarter century old and live in Guelph too, with their kids. Houle’s undergraduate degree is in Biology and Chemistry.

Based in Brussels, Karima Qias was born in Iran but is of Tajik origin. During her migration to Europe, which took her to Greece and then Belgium, Karima discovered the power and benefits of writing as a weapon of political combat but also as a means of poetic expression. She has written about her experiences as a refugee in Moria and Athens in various forms, including the Plaza Girls collective. In 2021, Karima will publish a book of her poems in Persian translated into English, illustrated and decorated.

Karla Claudio-Betancourt is a visual artist living in Santurce, Puerto Rico working primarily with illustration, natural paints, text and video. Her creative practice is guided by ethnobotanical investigation, oral history and regenerative practices connected to land and food sovereignty.

Ken Krimstein’s recently published graphic novel/biography of Hannah Arendt, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt — A Tyranny of Truth (Bloomsbury 2018), was a finalist for the 2019 Society of Midland Authors’ Award, a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s 2018 National Jewish Book Awards, a finalist for the 2019 Chautauqua Literary Prize, named one of the best graphic novels of the year by Forbes, and included on the top ten list of The Comics Journal.

Kenneth Hayes is an architectural historian and critic of contemporary art who lives and works in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His book-length essay on milk splash images in photo-conceptual art from 1965 to 1985, titled Milk and Melancholy, was published by Prefix and MIT Presses in 2008.

Kholoud Bidak is an African philanthropist who has worked since 2002 with minorities and oppressed groups through NGOs and collectives in different areas of the world. She addresses topics such as women’s issues, gender, sexuality, well-being, and the environment through art, writings or self-expressing methods.

Kimberly Mair is Associate Professor of Sociology and teaches in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge. Her research is primarily concerned with the aesthetics of communication and posthumanist critiques of biopolitics.

Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese-French reporter, photographer and visual artist based in Dakar, Senegal. In 2020, she became the first recipient of the ArtsEverywhere Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic Journalism.

As a classical trained percussionist, Lê Quan Ninh worked with contemporary music ensembles and was a founder member of Quatuor Hêlios (1986-2012), a percussion quartet that performed and recorded, among others, John Cage’s percussion works.

Lee Ann Norman is a writer, editor, and culture maker interested in the role of conversation and questioning in creative pursuits and reconsiderations of interpretive language(s) as applied to art objects and experiences.

Livia Alexander is a curator, writer, and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. Her work is focused on examining the relationship between art infrastructure and artistic production, urbanity, cultural politics of food and art, and contemporary art from the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Lotte Wolff has received an MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has conducted research on LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum in both the Netherlands and Australia, combining queer theory with an interdisciplinary analysis of domestic migration policies and practices.

Lu Cafausu is a collaborative art project initiated by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, and Cesare Pietroiusti in 2006, then joined by Luigi Presicce in 2010. Lu Cafausu, an old coffeehouse located in a small town in the south of Italy, has become the inspiration for stories, performances and actions in different European and American cities.

Maja Hodošček (1984) is an artist, pedagogue, curator, and researcher. She makes video works, installations, and book projects as well as initiates various workshops. She completed her MA at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, NL.

Manuel Callahan’s work explores three interwoven areas: the US/Mexico border and borderlands historically and in the present; Indigenous struggles across the Americas including Zapatista struggles located in Chiapas; and convivial research, a community based research methodology that draws on engaged scholarship emerging from the Global South.

Marinella Matejčić is a feminist activist from Croatia who works in an Association for human rights and active citizenship called PaRiter. Marinella writes for Libela.org, a portal on gender, sex and democracy, and hosts, together with her colleagues from PaRiter, a radio show and a podcast.

Marta Baussels is a writer and journalist living in London.

Born in a meteor crater, Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher working in North Ontario.

Matthew Stadler is a novelist (Landscape: Memory, Allan Stein, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, and others) and essayist. He was the literary editor of Nest magazine and a co-founder of Publication Studio, where he now edits the Fellow Travelers Series.

Maurice Specht is a Rotterdam-based researcher and organizer. He has a background in philosophy and a PhD in Political Science from the Free University in Amsterdam. The main focus of his work is to understand, both conceptually and practically, how to organize public places for “good.

Mavi Veloso is a Brazilian performer based in Amsterdam who works transdisciplinary, integrating visual art, dance, theater, music. Her work explores performativity, the relationship between performer and audience, trans feminism and decolonization.

Max Cohen is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work includes a community mural project at the Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology in Albany, NY and an award-winning animated film The Tale of the Goat (2004).

Michael Anthony Farley is a Baltimore-based writer, curator, and artist. He is a senior editor for ArtFCity.com and architecture columnist for City Paper. Michael holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculptural Studies from MICA and an MFA in Imaging Media and Digital Arts from UMBC.

Michael Bronski is an independent scholar, journalist, and writer who’s been involved in social justice movements since the 1960s.

Michael Hardt is the chair of the Literature Program at Duke. He is co-author with Antonio Negri of Declaration as well as the Empire trilogy (Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth). He currently serves as editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly.

Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, activist, and leader within the LGBTQ community who created The Federation of Ballroom Houses, co-created the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Group and the nationally diffused CDC behavioral change HIV prevention intervention “Many Men, Many Voices.

Mike Young is a Toronto-based writer, recovering actor and environmentalist. He’s co-authored two short graphic novels with Oxford University Press, written essays for Alternatives Journal, Guts Magazine, Undercurrents Journal and Demeter Press.

Miriam Ho is a writer, editor, installation artist and architectural designer based in Toronto. She also writes fiction and narrative essays. She previously worked for internationally renowned architects Philip Beesley and Shigeru Ban.

Moones Mansoubi is a translator and Community Arts and Cultural Development worker based in Sydney, Australia, working mostly with people from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds. The banner image for her essay is a digital artwork called Ordinary Powerful Hands (2020), by Azarmidokht.

Niels Bekkema is an artist and writer, and the assistant editor for the Polity of Literature series on ArtsEverywhere.

Nicolle Bennett is an administrator, educator, and artist with over 10 years of experience building capacity with arts, health, and educational organizations and those they serve. She currently lives and works in New York, serving as Program Director for Feel the Music!, a New York City-based organization that connects teaching artists with hospitals, non-profits, and other community-based partners, and consulting with a variety of organizations to build technical and communicative capacity.

Niki Singleton is a Canadian drawer, painter, and found material sculptor based in Brooklyn. Her work usually focuses on the underdog or fringe groups whose voices go unheard. Niki has undertaken residencies in France, the Netherlands, and New York, and she has had solo exhibitions at Undercurrent Projects (New York), the Holocaust Museum (Dallas), and Imagine Ic (Amsterdam).

Nikita Kadan was born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works today. He is a visual artist who often works in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects, sociologists and writers. His practice involves a critical investigation into the experience of present-day Ukrainians and their relationship to the Soviet past.

Nikolay OLEYNIKOV (1976) is a Moscow based artist and activist, member of Chto Delat?, editor for the Chto Delat? newspaper, member of the editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine (2011), co-founder of the Learning Film Group and May Congress of Creative Workers, and member of the Arkady Kots band.

Noor Hindi (she/her) is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. Her debut collection of poems, Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow. is forthcoming from Haymarket Books (2023).

Pato Hebert is an artist, educator and cultural worker based in New York and Los Angeles. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. He is particularly interested in space, spirituality, pedagogy and progressive praxis.

Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, a three year initiative, includes a major, multidisciplinary, trilingual gathering of artists who live and work in Canada. Among its many methods, this initiative employs the ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ conversation – initiated by the TRC – to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system.

Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić are Belgrade-based artists whose artistic practice comprises working with drawing, text, video, and photography. Since 2002, they have developed a joint artistic practice, exploring the overlapping space between art and politics.

Ralph Severijns (1982) is a part-time fellow at the Centre for State and Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). He studied European and International Public Law at Tilburg University, also in the Netherlands.

Robert Atkins is a UC Berkeley-trained art historian who works at the intersection of art, politics, and queer identities. A former Village Voice columnist, he has written for more than 100 publications and is the author of ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, its modern-art prequel ArtSpoke, and Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression.

Roberto Olivares Ruiz is an award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Ojo de Agua Communicación which provides media training workshops for Indigenous communities in Oaxaca.

Robert Sember works at the intersection of art and public health. He is a member of the international sound-art collective, Ultra-red, which helped establish Vogue’ology, an initiative by and for members of the African-American and Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in New York City.

Rusland Lichtzier (b. Tomsk, Russia, 1984) is a writer, curator, and educator. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she received her BFA with honors from Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel) and the MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she also teaches.

Sabrina Duran is a journalist who is dedicated to writing profiles of anonymous people and covering areas of Human Rights and Urbanism. She is the author of the book “Mulheres Centrais” and the blog “EUA Votam,” for the Opera Mundi website.

Sarah Amsler is Associate Professor in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Nottingham University, England. Sarah’s research focuses on the politics of knowledge and education at multiple levels: theoretically, and in local practice, institutional formations and national and global relations.

Sarah Schulman’s most recent books are the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 20 best novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and The Duty of Repair.

Oksana Shatalova (1972) and Georgy Mamedov (1984) are curators, researchers, authors and participants in many artistic projects. They are authors of the book Queer-communism as Ethics (Free Marxist Press, 2016).

Steve Yip is a community organizer, social justice activist, and the Director of Operations for the Chinese-American Planning Council in New York City.

“Born in Charlottenburg in Germany on 16 March 1911, Sybille von Schoenebeck, after an unusual and insecure childhood, a hectic education and a bohemian youth, found her true voice and became an English writer under the name of Sybille Bedford.

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian writer, filmmaker and artist whose awards include a Gemini, the Portia White Prize and honorary degrees. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Portia White: Think on Me and The Little Black School House among others.

Taha Muharuma is a photographer, teacher and creative influencer who tells visual stories of the world around him. Through his photo-style “#streetsoul” Taha has been able to connect with brands such as Samsung, BMW and the NBA as well as meeting like-minded individuals that understand the importance of community and art.

Taqralik Partridge is a writer and performance poet originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, and currently living in Kautokeino, northern Norway.

Tara Williamson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and was raised in Gaabishkigamaag (Swan Lake, Manitoba). She is a writer, musician, and educator. Her latest album, Songs To Keep Us Warm, was nominated for a 2017 Indigenous Music Award and she is currently the Editor the Indigenous media platform, Indian & Cowboy.

Canadian born Theodore (ted) Kerr is a Brooklyn-based writer and organizer whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS and community. Before receiving his MA from Union Theological Seminary where he researched Christian Ethics and HIV, he was the programs manager at Visual AIDS.

Theaster Gates was born in 1973 in Chicago, where he lives and works. He exhibits widely, including group shows such as the Whitney Biennial, New York; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; ’The Spirit of Utopia’ at Whitechapel, London; and Studio Museum’s ‘When Stars Collide’ in New York.

Thiago Carrapatoso is a journalist and specialist in communication, arts, and technology. He holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (NY), and is a collaborator of the BaixoCentro Movement in São Paulo and the REPEP group, helping create a methodology for using heritage education against gentrification.

Tim Lilburn was born in Regina. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003), Orphic Politics (2008) and Assiniboia (2012). His work has received Canada’s Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site), the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award, among other prizes.

Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; they were Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring “nation,” a people with whom they roamed and hunted.

Ultra-red are a sound-based art and political collective founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists. Originally based in Los Angeles, the collective has expanded over the years with members across North America and Europe.

Una Rebić (b. 1986 in Rijeka) is a multidisciplinary art practitioner. Her practice is multifaceted and fluctuates between individual and collaborative projects. She is concentrated on exploring ways of communication within the social, physical, mental and spiritual realms.

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and former President of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment).

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research focus on analyses of historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of knowledge and inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence.

Nissa D. Tzun is the Project Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Forced Trajectory Project (FTP). She is a multimedia artist specializing in illustration, graphic and web design, photography, film, public relations and investigative journalism.

Simon(e) van Saarloos (1990, Summit, New Jersey) is a writer and philosopher from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They published several books in Dutch including Ik deug / deug niet, a collection of columns originally published in the Dutch national newspaper NRC; De vrouw die, a novel on a molecular biologist running the NYC marathon in a burqa; and Enz.

What, How & for Whom (WHW) is a curatorial collective formed in 1999. WHW organizes a range of production, exhibition, and publishing projects, and since 2003, they have been directing city-owned Gallery Nova in Zagreb.

Suzy Xu Shuang (徐爽) is a visual storyteller of ancient and contemporary cultural traditions. She explores portraiture and landscape photography in poetic ways. Xu is a 2019-2020 ArtsEverywhere Artist-in-Residence.

Yaniya Lee is a Toronto-based writer and editor interested in the ethics of aesthetics. She is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and she was the 2017-2018 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44, in Toronto.

Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. Yevgeniy has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West.

Yulia Tsvetkova is a Russian artist and activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On the 11th of February 2020, she became a political prisoner.

Zhao Rongjie is a Chinese painter, visual artist, and videographer who studied oil painting and copperplate engraving at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She lives in an ancient stone home in Dali, Yunnan Province, China.
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