Here are some resources we found interesting while researching the topic of Art, design and social change. If we are missing something, please let us know in the comments section!

“Art is about trying to rethink the things you take for granted.” Tomás Saraceno (source)

“To me, cultural activism is where art, activism, performance and politics meet, mingle and interact. It builds bridges between these forms but also exists as the bridge itself, stuck permanently between two places. What links activism and art is the shared desire to create the reality that you see in your mind’s eye and believe in your capacity to build that world with your own hands” (source)

“It is not to advocate solutions. It is something much deeper and more subtle– to make us reflect and rethink what it is to be a human being in the 21st century. We don’t have that much power. It’s nature that creates us. That’s the kind of education too subtle to put on a syllabus: that’s the important role of art.” (source)

“Change can happen in the streets, in Congress or at a community meeting, but it can also be sparked in a theatre or through a photograph….The arts have a unique capacity to raise awareness, build bigger constituencies for social justice and meet people where they are. The arts are also participatory, engaging affected communities directly in advocating for themselves.” (source)


  • Allen, W., & Haeg, F. (2010). Edible estates. Metropolis books.
  • Andrews, M. (Ed.). (2006). Land art: A cultural ecology handbook. RSA.
  • Cumberlidge, C., & Musgrave, L. (2007). Design and landscape for people: new approaches to renewal. Thames & Hudson.
  • Fuad-Luke, A. (2009). Design activism: beautiful strangeness for a sustainable world. Earthscan.
  • Harle, R. (2013). To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet by Linda Weintraub. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 2012. 384 pp. illus. Trade, paper.
  • Hosey, L. (2012). The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design. Island Press.
  • Reed, T. V. (2007). The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movements to the Streets of Seattle.
  • Spaid, S. (2002). Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies, green museum. org. Cincinnati, OH: The Contemporary Arts Center, Ecoartspace and Greenmuseum.
  • Weintraub, L. (2012). To Life!: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. University of california Press.




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