About Culture Push
Culture Push is an arts organization that works with 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 many professions. The programs of Culture Push focus on collaboration and group learning through active, participatory experiences. Culture Push public programs are low-cost or free, to give the widest access to the widest audience. The current focus of Culture Push is the Fellowship for Utopian Practice. The Fellowship is aimed at artists and other professionals seeking to test new ideas through civic engagement, and Culture Push offers the Fellows concrete financial and institutional support, including feedback and mentoring, a stipend, and fiscal sponsorship for fundraising efforts.
The Fellowship projects are collaborations between artists, other professionals, and our staff. While Culture Push emphasizes the disciplines of visual and performing arts, the Fellowship program is open to professionals working in any discipline who seek to expand their practice beyond its traditional borders.
Other Culture Push programs have included participatory symposia and residencies that bring together people from different fields to exchange practices through active participation; Studio Marathons, all day creative socializing with a theme; workshops in different disciplines and practices; IdeaNEWS, an annual product whose form changed each year that tracked the organization's intellectual interests in a physical form.
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.
Culture Push was founded in 2008. 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. The founders share strong backgrounds in the performing and visual arts, and an investigative spirit, and they span two generations. All received their undergraduate degrees at Wesleyan University (1987, 2003 and 2004).
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