Take Action / A For Freedoms Exhibition

October 16, 2018

Take Action, 2018, installation view, CCA Hubbell Street Galleries. Photo credit: Josef Jacques

California College of the Arts (CCA) announced artist and alumnus Hank Willis Thomas as the first fellow for the Creative Citizens in Action initiative designed to promote civic engagement, increase voter registration, and encourage democratic participation. CCA’s new initiative was timed with its participation in the 50 State Initiative led by For Freedoms, co-founded by Thomas and artist Eric Gottesman in 2016. For the fellowship, Thomas facilitated town hall meetings, engaged with CCA students, energized civil, non-partisan conversations ahead of the November midterm elections, and attended the opening reception for Take Action.

Take Action was a group exhibition highlighting work by Bay Area artists working as creative citizens in their communities. The exhibition featured work by 100 Days Action, Center for Tactical Magic, Sharon Daniel, Rodney Ewing, chris hamamoto & Jon Sueda, Taraneh Hemami, Packard Jennings, Dignidad Rebelde, Stephanie Syjuco, Kaitlin Trataris, Leila Weefur, and Christine Wong Yap.

Take Action (October 16-November 16, 2018) was a group exhibition co-curated by Jaime Austin and Joshua Peder Stulen at CCA Hubbell Street Galleries.

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Citations and links:

Harshaw, Pendarvis. “Talking With Artist Hank Willis Thomas About Political Struggle.” KQED Arts,  kqed.org, November 5, 2018.


Millner, Caille. “Artists Want You to Vote. So They Formed a Super PAC.” San Francisco Chronicle, sfchronicle.com, November 1, 2018.