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SOCIAL REPAIR: Art, Design, & Impact

SOCIAL REPAIR: Art, Design, & Impact
Thursday, July 19
from 6 to 8:30pm
acf_8Photo courtesy of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

A workshop, led by arts manager, author, consultant, and coach Doris Rothauer, for artists, curators and cultural workers from non-profit organizations interested in designing a better future for society with their work.

Artists, designers and other cultural producers are integral to change making movements that address and respond to some of the most pressing issues society is facing today. In tandem with this, cultural and social justice organizations make artists’ efforts and work visible, available, and accessible.

This workshop introduces tools to develop impactful strategies for creating, performing and promoting artwork, while aiming for inclusive, sustainable and socially just practices. How can we as individuals and organizations make a difference? We need to develop a different understanding of what art is and what it can do, shifting our perspective from output to outcome.

In this context, new modes of social practice have generated methods driven by impact over mere profit, by outcome over output. Bringing community focused art and design practices together with socially impactful business modeling, this workshop provides insights and tools for artists, curators and individuals working in the non-profit sector who aim to promote social justice with their work. Topics covered in the workshop include best practice examples of social art and design, an introduction to strategic thinking based on visioning, and tools and methods from social entrepreneurship and impact business modeling.


Doris Rothauer is an art manager, author, consultant and coach, connecting the creative and social worlds. Prior to her entrepreneurial and freelance career she worked and held leading positions in renowned art institutions in Vienna. She believes in the change making power of art and creativity and aims at designing and fostering cultural impact with her work. She lives and works in Vienna and New York.

June 29, 2018