The SVA Library has planned a series of events that highlight actions that anyone can take to be an active participant in democracy. Being an active political agent doesn't just mean attending marches and rallies - there are many other ways to advocate for and express your beliefs. This series of events aims to give you the tools to be an active participant in politcal culture. Please RSVP to individual events - links below image.

Captured Film Screening and Q&A with Clayton Patterson - RSVP
Wednesday, March 15, 2:30-4:30pm -- Open to the public
SVA 24th Street Residence Media Room, 340 E 24th Street
  • Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Clayton Patterson will be on hand to introduce the film and hold a Q&A. 
Designing Resistance: How to Create and Distribute Political Art & Design - RSVP
Wednesday, March 15, 7-9pm -- Open to the public
SVA Library, 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Volunteers from the Interference Archive will talk about their popular propaganda parties and discuss how independent artists and designers can collaborate with community organizations to create and distribute material that conveys a political message.  After the discussion, participants will work through the process of imagining and planning a propaganda party, discussing the factors that breed community involvement in production and distribution, and putting their hands to work at creating designs or drafting ideas.
CryptoParty - RSVP
Thursday, March 16, 7-9pm -- Open to the public
SVA Library, 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web and general security advice for computers and smartphones. This session will focus on personal digital security and operational security for activism and direct action. Bring your smartphone, laptop, or other mobile device.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - RSVP
Saturday, March 18, 12:30-5pm -- Open to the public
SVA Library, 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • An Edit-a-thon is a community organized event that aims to teach folks how to edit, update, and add articles on Wikipedia.

    Less than 10% of contributors to Wikipedia identify as female. Our main purpose is to contribute and amend meaningful content to the Wikipedia. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate. The organizers of Art+Feminism are deeply disturbed by the sheer amount of fake news on social media, and its influence on the recent US election. We believe this makes our work even more pressing. Now more than ever we must gather together to improve Wikipedia and affirm work of women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized peoples.

Resist & Record: Activist Films from the Modern Era of Protest - RSVP
Monday, March 20, 6-9pm -- Open to the public
MFA Social Documentary Film Theater, 136 W 21st Street, 1st floor
  • MFA Social Documentary Film presents a program of activist films from the modern era of protest. As we all work to shine a light on the social ills that surround us, and we strive to make a difference, SocDoc students turn their cameras on. See some of the work we’ve made surrounding the last few months of protest: Standing Rock, Women’s March, Yemeni Bodega Strike, Funeral for the Presidency, and the general tenor of resistance. We’ll also screen sneak peeks of other films to inspire our appetite for action. Revolution, tea & cookies to follow.

Voices of Resistance: Poetry Reading - RSVP
Tuesday, March 21, 7-9pm -- Open to the public
SVA Library, 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Four prominent New York City poets, Patricia Spears Jones, Lydia Cortes, Sheila Maldonado, and Bakar Wilson share their work and experiences.

Game Night: Innovation for Social Change - RSVP
Friday, March 24, 5-7:30pm -- Open to the public
SVA Library, 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Game play sessions developed and facilitated by Design for Social Innovation (DSI) students. Brief discussion exploring games as a vehicle for civic engagement and social change.