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Arts & Activism: Home

Resources related to art, activism, and social justice.


This guide is comprised of resources related to Art & Activism, including resources for practicing artists. This guide is intended as a starting place for research and by no means exhaustive. Do you have resource suggestions or research questions? Get in touch. 

Note: The home page includes resources that are available remotely. For more information on remote access to library resources, see this page.  Please navigate to the next tab for print materials. 

Art & Activism EBooks

On View Now: Art, Protest, and the Archives

Exhibition on view at Beinecke Library: Art, Protest, and the Archives 

Inspired by Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and other recent struggles, a whole new generation faces them, urgently, as it confronts pressing new concerns of its own. Art, Protest, & the Archives invites concerned citizens young and old to explore both questions and answers through the work of previous generations in a century-long struggle to change the world through the power of art.


Spotlight on Activist Artists: Guerilla Girls

Guerilla Girls are feminist activist artists creating street art since 1985: 

"We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. We undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. We believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders." 

Art & Activism Websites

Activism through Film

These films are available for remote viewing when logged into Yale's VPN. More info connecting to remote resources here.

Ted Talks: Powerful Art Activism

Arts Librarian

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Tess Colwell
Arts Librarian for Research Services, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library