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Creative Citizens in Action

Last updated on Feb 17, 2022

Creative Citizens in Action (CCA@CCA) is a college-wide initiative that promotes creative activism and democratic engagement through public programs, exhibitions, and curriculum connections.

Founded in 2018, the initiative grew out of CCA’s collaboration with alumni Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms during fall 2018, and is being expanded based on a shared desire by CCA students, faculty, and staff for more connected programming related to art, activism, social justice, democratic engagement, and current events.

At CCA, we are committed to working with faculty, staff, students and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting, more information below.

This initiative is funded by an endowment gift to launch The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing. CCA@CCA is overseen by the Exhibitions & Public Programming department in partnership with Student Affairs, Libraries, Academic Divisions, Communications, and faculty. Please contact with any questions.

CCA@CCA Fluid Mutualism Symposium

The CCA@CCA Fluid Mutualism Symposium is a weeklong series of talks, workshops, teach-ins, exhibitions, and activations that explore how our quality of life is dependent on assembly and communal responsibility—two of the five pillars of the Communal Flower, a model for understanding communality in the ancient philosophy and daily practice of Indigenous nations in southern Mexico.

Organized by the Creative Citizens in Action initiative, in collaboration with CCA faculty, students, and staff, the symposium serves as an anchor point for the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, a year-long conversation series that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing. The Fluid Mutualism program is organized by 2021-2022 CCA@CCA Faculty Coordinator Professor V.

View the CCA@CCA Fluid Mutualism Symposium description and calendar


Fluid Mutualism

The 2021–2022 Creative Citizens in Action theme, Fluid Mutualism, will investigate intergenerational symbiotic relationships, networks and strategies expanding within different communities, species, disciplines and territories.

Inspired by the ancestral practices and philosophies of maintaining harmony by Indigenous people from around the world, Fluid Mutualism will center Indigenous knowledge and technology by focusing on four elements of inquiry: land, communal responsibility, assembly, and joy.

Explore Fluid Mutualism


Check back regularly to learn about new events in the The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series!


View recordings of past CCA@CCA events.


Apply for funding and explore opportunities to organize or participate in CCA@CCA programming.

Voting Resources

At CCA, we’re committed to working with students, faculty, staff, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting. See the steps the college is taking to increase voting access and turnout for its community.

Faculty Micro Grants

We are happy to announce the Creative Citizens in Action (CCA@CCA) Faculty Micro Grant Awards for spring 2022. These micro grants will support course efforts tied to democratic engagement, and project outcomes will be featured within the CCA@CCA Program Series.


Browse courses that build students' skills in creative activism and civic engagement.

Creative Accord

CCA’s Creative Accord is a cultural and ethical touchstone for all members of the CCA community. This collective agreement allows us to hold each other accountable and gives us something to aspire to as a creative community.