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“First the plague, then the renaissance!”

— Kelsey, Art & Society Census participant

You spoke and we listened. From 6–7:30pm (EDT) on Tuesday, June 22, the Brooklyn Public Library and curator Laura Raicovich will present a culminating event to announce the results of the Art & Society Census, and discuss the changes that a broad cross-section of the public wants to see in arts and culture in the United States. 

This virtual assembly brings together the work of participants and organizers of the Art & Society Census, a project which first surveyed people from across New York City and the US, then developed a series of focused working groups dedicated to reimagining cultural encounters, funding, and the ways in which art intersects with our everyday lives.

Catalyzed by a pandemic and urgent calls for social justice and reform, the Congress on Art & Life will share the Proclamation on Life & Art, a document synthesized from conversations between the leaders and members of the public working groups. During the event, organizers will listen to the desires articulated in the Proclamation and examine the critical demands and imagined possibilities for cultural and civic change.

The event will be held online, streamed, and will include a Q&A session.

To register for the Congress on Art & Life, visit

Art & Society Census is funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation’s Innovation Fund.

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