This Is Not a Time for Protests

Relevance in Philanthropy and Artistic Practice


Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Organized by Michelle Coffey, executive director, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; Timothy Dorsey, program officer, Open Society Foundations; Lori Pourier, president, First Peoples Fund.

In The Next American Revolution, activist Grace Lee Boggs writes (at age 96): “Since I left the university in 1940, I have been privileged to participate in most of the great humanizing movements of the past seventy years. However, I cannot recall any previous period when the issues were so basic, so interconnected, and so demanding of everyone living in this country.” “This is not a time for protests,” says Dr. Boggs. “This is a time for creating things ourselves."

This conversational session will engage participants in considering how, as artists, organizers, and whole communities face a landscape of unprecedented changes, we can imagine pathways for philanthropy and art making that move beyond relevance toward radical leadership for the 21st century.