About / People

Culture Push is about hands-on learning, group problem solving, serious play and creating connections.  The mission of Culture Push is to create a lively exchange of ideas between many different communities; artists and non-artists, professional practitioners and laypeople, across generations, neighborhoods, and cultures. Culture Push serves a diverse international community of thinkers and do-ers from all different professions. Culture Push focuses on collaboration and group learning through active participatory experiences, including practical symposia, artists’ projects, residencies, educational workshops, and dinners.

Culture Push programs:

  • Participatory Symposia and residencies bring together thinkers and do-ers from different fields to exchange practices through active participation.
  • Studio Marathons are all day creative socializing. Free and open to everybody to drop by and join the theme of the day--drawing, collage, knitting, sewing, or . . .
  • Workshops in different disciplines and practices.
  • IdeaNEWS is an annual product whose form changes each year. It is intended to track the organization's intellectual interests in a physical form.
  • Sponsored Art Projects portray the spirit of cross-field exchanges that often result in public art events. Sponsored Art Projects of Culture Push currently include Cyborg Nation, and TRYST.

Culture Push is interested in where art will go and can go in this particular cultural moment. On one hand, specialized fields divide us; on the other hand, open resources make it possible to exchange knowledge and information with lightning speed. Culture Push seeks to both use and go beyond the world of specialization so that people of all backgrounds gain access to exciting ideas and new practices.  Culture Push wants to know: where is creativity now?

Culture Push programs appear in many different locations and take many different forms, mimicking the fluid nature of cultural production. They bring together experienced creative minds temporarily, but leave a long lasting impression on our minds and bodies.

Photo: Anja HitzenbergerCulture Push was founded in 2007. The founders of Culture Push are Clarinda Mac Low, Aki Sasamoto, and Arturo Vidich. Their individual visions feed into a larger vision; a fluid culture where the lines between art, politics, daily life, and social experiment can blur and challenging the lines between disciplines leads to challenging the form of society. They all have strong backgrounds in the performing and visual arts, and share an investigative spirit. Their work combines performance, installation, writing, public intervention, animation, sculpture, and everything in between. They span two generations. All received their undergraduate degrees at Wesleyan University (1987, 2003 and 2004). The number and types of artists and other professionals associated with CULTURE PUSH will change as the core members bring in collaborators and share information, support and solicit projects, and initiate dialogue with others.

 

 





Culture Push is supported by:  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation/NYC Department of Education. Brooklyn Brewery, and individual donors.

Founding Contributors to Culture Push

Linda P. Austin, Wendy Blum, Avy Claire, Marc Dale, Ralph Lewis Gurkin, David and Janet Lazier, Anne Lezak, Mordecai-Mark Mac Low & Dianne Pulte, Sharon Mattlin, Yvonne Rainer, the Sasamotos, Anne Tardos, Carole Tashel, Joseph L. & Lesley R. Vidich, Paul J. Vidich & Linda Sue Stein, Kathy Westwater, Fred Wistow