Amy Khoshbin and Dina Weiss

Elle Ellinger, MFA Fine Arts ‘21
Natalia Petkov, MFA Fine Arts ‘21


School of Art, Fine Arts

A Civic Shift is a series of performative digital events bringing contemporary artists, grassroots organizers, and NYC City Council candidates into dialogue around pressing sociocultural issues to investigate how our collective imagination can foster progressive change in the time of COVID-19.

zoom participants attending an online forum
The interactive online candidate and organizer forum called Against Doom TV

Initiated through the inaugural Fellowship in Civic Engagement in the Department of Fine Arts, this series covers topics from abolition to mutual aid to voting rights and has transformed as civic engagement—a traditionally in-person endeavor—shifted into the digital space during a presidential and local election year.

A masked person writes postcards in DeKalb Gallery at Pratt Institute
As an extension of the online event Vote Vote Again where we created original postcards, we printed them and hosted postcard-writing events in Dekalb Gallery leading up to the presidential election in 2020.

How do we build community, garner interest in local involvement, and motivate sustained action through interactive, performative online events?