Explore the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present.
In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.
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New York Activism Today
Help us tell the story of today's activists! Contribute your images of New Yorkers who are currently involved in our city, its communities, and the larger world, whether through volunteering, organizing, lobbying, petitioning, protesting, making art, or otherwise taking action or speaking out. Upload your images at blog.activistnewyork.mcny.org
The Puffin Foundation
Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.
Posters + Politics: The Art of Activism in New York
Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 pm
Join a panel of leading artists for a discussion of three decades of political posters that address life in the city, from inequality in the art world and AIDS to housing and economic justice.
Noxious New York: Race, Class & Garbage
Monday, August 3 at 6:30 pm
Join historian Julie Sze to examine the politics of garbage in New York's most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities.
The New New York Activists: Living City, Living Wage
Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 pm
A group of activists and scholars discusses the various ways in which the campaign for a "living wage" is now being waged in New York City.
You Are What You Wear: New York’s Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Trade
Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 pm
Join designers, shop owners, and others in the style world to discuss the obstacles and opportunities that face the movement to create ethically-made and fashion-forward clothing.
Taking a Stand: History of Social Activism in New York for grades 2-12
Discover how New Yorkers have fought for freedom and equality over the past 350 years. Students will explore the Activist New York exhibition, which features photographs, pamphlets, signs, and banners, to learn about abolition, women’s suffrage, immigration, civil rights, and other social issues. Participants will create a button championing a change they want to make.