Creative Time is an organization that supports the power of the artist’s voice to catalyze social change by connecting social activism, public engagement and artistic expression. To amplify its mission and encourage dynamic dialogue about social justice issues between artists and the community, it held the inaugural Creative Time Summit in 2009. The Illumination Fund supported the second annual Summit in 2010 with a grant that allowed Creative Time to expand the reach of the conference through a live stream to a global audience, and as a result of the success, renewed funding for a second year in 2011. The Fund is supporting the 2012 Creative Time Summit with a $20,000 grant.
- The 2010 Summit drew 900 attendees – 340 of whom were students who received scholarships to participate – and 40 participating artists, activists, curators and scholars who presented on one of six issues such as food, markets, governments and schools through the lens of their community-rich projects.
- A live stream of the discussions and chat-based Q&A was made available for the first time and was accessed by an additional 22,000 people from around the world through.
- The global community – connecting communities in India to Germany to Brazil to the United States – continues to exchange ideas of change and share knowledge long after the Summit ends. This ongoing breadth of engagement is key to Creative Time’s success.