Arts and action

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Thursday, May 4th - Monday, May 7th, 2018

Goddard College ~ Plainfield, VT

You are invited to join artists and activists from around the Northeast to a weekend of production sessions, workshops, and skill-shares.We will be making giant banners, building puppets, creating cantastorias and compose music for protests and social justice work around the state. Many of these elements will be used to create a multimedia performance. There will be large and small projects and space to collaborate on production with YOU. Come with your ideas and your conspiratorial spirit! 

Come for the whole four days or just one work session. All skill levels are welcome! 

Interested in volunteering at the Radical Arts Intensive?                                                                                          Go HERE to help the Make be great! 

Graduate and undergrad credits available.  Credits are  NOT through Goddard accreditation.

 Vermonters making giant butterfly puppets for the Migrant Justice led May Day March in 2017. 

Vermonters making giant butterfly puppets for the Migrant Justice led May Day March in 2017. 

Facilitators and Visiting Artists

We are honored to have some amazing artists and educators join us at this Arts and Action convergence!

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seth tobocman

Seth Tobocman is a comic book artist whose work often deals with political issues from a radical and independent point of view. He founded the magazine World War 3 Illustrated with Peter Kuper in 1979 and has been part of the editorial collective ever since. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Heavy Metal and many other magazines. He is author of a number of graphic books including:

  • LEN (a lawyer in history)

Tobocman’s art has been shown at the Museum Of Modern Art, The New Museum Of Contemporary Art, The Museum Of The City Of Ravenna, Exit Art and Abcnorio.

His images have been used as posters, murals, banners and tattoos by peoples movements from Squatters in New York’s Lower East Side to the African National Congress in South Africa.

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Kim fraczek 

 Co-founder, Occupy Puppet Guild, Director, SANE Energy Project. Kim and Seth Tobocman led the graphics blockade of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in DC in '15,  Kim co-founded the allied group Occupy the Pipeline, which was active from 2012 through 2014, and produced street performances, art and music-filled rallies and marches, and direct actions that garnered significant media attention against the Spectra NY-NJ Expansion pipeline. Kim was also a member of The People’s Puppets, creating eye-catching art for a variety of social causes; and a leader of the arts team that made the 2014 People’s Climate March such a compelling media event.

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Erok Gillard

Co-founder of the Make, Erok has been doing live graphic facilitation with Rural Vermont in their Statewide Groundswell tour that wrapped up in the fall of '17, as well as doing online storyboard animation for NOFA and Rural VT.  He's leading youth and adult arts production sessions across the state in school and community events, led the arts production for the Stop the VT Fracked Gas Pipeline Campaign and, with Seth Tobocman, for the Albany Break Free: Stop the Bomb Train mass actions for, the 3rd largest of a global week of protests in 2016. 


Rachel Schragis  

Arts Organizer for 350.Org (National), Co-founder of the Occupy Puppet Guild, a lead community-facilitated arts generator for Occupy Wallstreet demonstrations and events.


lyndsay love

Lyndsay is a visual artist, dancer, puppeteer and activist. She is the Arts Coordinator for the Vermont Poor People's Campaign. She is also a proud member of the Make Action Arts! She has worked with Bread and Puppet Theater for the past 8 years as a performer and printmaker. 

Solidarity singers

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Join Vermont Poor People's Campaign Theomusicologist Avery Book and the incredible Heidi Wilson every 1st and 3rd Sundays at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street from 12:30 to 2 pm as they sing and learn new songs of resistance and resilience.