How Artists Can Be Political Activists: A Podcast with TCG

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While visiting Congress, TCG representatives discussed policy with Nancy Pelosi and watched John Lewis's sit-in for gun control.

Big news — we’re excited to announce a new partnership between The Scene and Theater Communications Group, the national organization for American theater. By producing this show with TCG on select episodes, we’ll be able to bring you updates on their advocacy work around the country and show how their members fully embody the concept of artists as activists.

For this episode our guests are Jonathan Moscone, Chief of Civic Engagement at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and Rhiana Yazzie, a playwright, director and the Artistic Director of New Native Theater in the Twin Cities. Both recently represented TCG during some meetings in Washington D.C. — Jon was part of a group that met with Nancy Pelosi, and Rhiana was present for Congressman John Lewis’s sit-in for gun control. Together they offer valuable commentary on how artists can not only foster conversation but also work directly with their lawmakers and communities to enact real change. They also raise the issues they think are most pressing for the arts today and how we can make the arts a more prominent part of national political discourse.

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Special thanks again to Theater Communications Group for co-producing this episode with us, and enjoy the show!