Art Threat is your guide to political art and cultural policy. We write about art that seeks to interpret, influence, or reflect upon society. We discuss policy as it pertains to culture. And we showcase artists whose work inspires social change.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.
Rob Maguire is an arts marketing consultant, and works with artists and cultural organizations to build audiences and strengthen their brands. Once a gigging musician, Rob ditched his Econoline a decade ago in favour of a laptop and megaphone. Rob lives in Vancouver, where he is on the board of Pi Theatre and moonlights as an MLU referee. Find him on Twitter or visit his arts marketing blog.
Ezra Winton is a co-founder of Cinema Politica, the largest community & campus-based documentary screening network in the world. He is finishing a PhD on the cultural politics of documentary at the Hot Docs film festival. He can be found marching in the Montreal streets, writing for POV Magazine and teaching alternative media. His recent publication is the door stopper Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada.
Amanda McCuaig is an artist, journalist, and designer living in Vancouver. She studied political economy of communications at SFU, resulting in a quiet anxiety over consumerism and a permanent itch to re-democratize media(/everything). After years of training her parents mostly understand that she actually doesn’t want things for Christmas. Her paintings can be seen at mettlelurgy.com.
Michael Lithgow, PhD is a course instructor at Carleton University in the School of Journalism and Communication. His research explores the aesthetics of mediated truth in performance, installation and new media contexts. He is a research associate with the Canadian Alternative Media Archive. His first collection of poems, Waking in the Tree House, was published by Cormorant Books (2012).
Stefan Christoff, Tyler Morgenstern, Terry Fairman, Anne Cottingham, Matthew Hays.