Creating Art from Social Entrepreneurship How Everyone Can Be a Changemaker

The New School joined with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, to launch the Ashoka Changemaker Campus Initiative this past fall. This unique program is a partnership to identify and improve teaching, research, and engagement opportunities in social entrepreneurship, both in local and global communities.

In the first year of the partnership, the core team of students and faculty focused on discovering how social entrepreneurship and innovation are manifest on The New School campus. The culmination of their efforts will be presented on May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the critique space at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, when the Ashoka partnership, along with artists from across the university, will create a free multidisciplinary event exploring how risk, experimentation, and improvisation play a role in innovative changemaking.

The event will be broken into two parts. For the first 90 minutes a group of New School dancers and musicians will improvise together, providing an opportunity for the community to witness an experimental process unfold. Then, The New School community will engage the audience in creating visual art. Additionally, throughout this event, content, ranging from videos of social entrepreneurs to images of word clouds associated with social innovation and change, will be displayed on two TV screens. Audience members will be encouraged to participate on multiple levels, whether joining the art-making process, engaging in discussion, tweeting on their mobile phones, or simply watching.

This culminating event hopes to unite the multiple divisions of The New School through the common thread of creativity and the visceral need to make positive change in the world.