Ryan Blocker is a musician, writer, and arts administrator interested in how the arts can facilitate a more just world. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is also a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Master’s of Arts Administration and Policy (MAAAP) program. His collaborative master’s thesis “Racing Culture: Exploring Race, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts” is now taught as part of the degree curriculum. He is the program coordinator for Enrich Chicago, an alliance of arts organizations addressing racial equity and justice.
When should artists adopt activist language for their work?