Newsletter, August 2017



Arts and Humanities Civic Engagement


Cultural Agents is an interface between academic learning and civic engagement. The Initiative promotes arts and humanities as social resources.


  • WHEN: August 3 to 5 and 7 to 11
  • WHERE: Sechi Fátima Office (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • WHAT: Next August 3rd and 5th will be occurring at the Sechi Fátima Office facilities, and  in Buenos Aires (Argentina), two Pre-texts workshops lead by Professor Doris Sommer from Harvard University. The activity organized by the Instituto de Vivienda de la Ciudad, Arte en Barrios from the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires, and the endorsement of the Psychology Faculty of Buenos Aires University, will gather professionals from different disciplines and will count with the support of MAMBA (Buenos Aires Modern Museum of Art).
  • WHEN: August 18, 2017
  • WHERE: Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó (Colombia)
  • WHAT: We are happy to share that Fundación Agentes Culturales Colombia and the Welfare Research Group of the UTCH (Universidad Tecnológica de Quibdó) will be celebrate a One-session Workshop of Pre-Texts for the Community of The UTCH in Quibdó.

  • WHEN: September 29-30, 2017
  • WHERE: Harvard University
  • WHAT: This conference will concentrate on how the humanities can inform responses to the arising concerns about health and the changing global environment. The objective is to expand the scope of the medical humanities beyond its conventional focus on patient and doctor experiences to include planetary imaginaries grounded in the political realities of health and medicine. Click here for more info.

  • WHEN: Octobre 18-20, 2017
  • WHERE: Cali, Colombia
  • WHAT: In Colombia will take place de 2nd Latinamerican Congress on Cultural Management “Pensamiento y acción cultural para la paz y la participación ciudadana.” The congress will have a collaborative and participative nature, stimulating reflexion around contemporary trajectories and challenges in cultural management in the context of Colombia. The event is organized by the Latinamerican web of Cultural Management,Universidad del Valle, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente de Cali, and Universidad Nacional de Colombia -Hub in Manizales- with the support of Ministry of Culture that promotes arts and culture and the web of cultural manager of the state of Valle del Cauca in the south west of Colombia. Click here for more info.

General News: Pre-Texts

Photos by: María Paula García and Julian Serna

On Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 a group of 20 high-school students from the remote Afro-Pacific area of Chocó in Colombia (South America) came to Harvard to participate in a workshop as part of Harvard’s new Afro-Latin America on STEAM initiative, which aims to create innovative interventions in Latin America that combine Science & Engineering with the Arts & Humanities, with special emphasis placed on disadvantaged communities of African descent.

The high-school students came from 17 educational institutions located across Chocó. As beneficiaries of the program New Chocó’s Leaders and Excellent Youth, the students had the opportunity to enhance their creativity and leadership through the protocol Pre-Texts.

The workshop was divided in 3 sessions in which the students experimented with an academic article titled, “Trajectory Options for Human Missions to Mars.” Complementary to the workshop, youths visited the Hiphop Archive & Research Institutethe Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Artthe Harvard Art Museumsand the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

General News: Cultural Agents Allies 

Arts and Homelessness in USA/Canada
With One Voice is an international movement that seeks to strengthen and connect the arts and homelessness sector worldwide through exchanges in practice and policy. The movement has been working in Canada and USA since 2016, mapping the sector and establishing needs. WOV produced a North American Review of Arts and Homelessness and are organising an exchange in Montreal in November 2017 to bring together arts/homelessness projects from both countries.
To find out more, visit:

Apply to be a 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellow!

A Blade of Grass are accepting letters of interest for the 2018 ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art! Click here for more information

Featured Story

Fury Fuels New Forms of Venezuelan Protests

As Venezuela sinks further into crisis, new forms of protest has emerged both inside the country and outside.

Madrid, Spain

A government employee traveling in Madrid on official business was shamed by Venezuelan protesters abroad.

“Don’t sell these people anything.”

This kind of protest is meant to humiliate pro-government Venezuelans who are leading comfortable lives abroad.

Miami, Florida

“You’re eating here, but in Venezuela, people are starving.”

Sydney, Australia

Because of your father, people in Venezuela are dying.

Caracas, Venezuela

The Bus TV Newscast is a new method mounted by Laura and her friends who have been boarded on dozens of buses in Caracas to tell a captive audience facts that may have been censored by state media.

To view the video:

Mine Kafun – Callum Cooper

This short documentary is about a man who lived on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. There were lots of foreign military; militants were trained, and they left lots of explosives and mines behind. After an arduous process of moving to Netherland as a refugee, he used his background to inspire his projects as a project designer.

To view the video:

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