Arts & Cultural Strategy

(Image: Victory at Xwe'ch eXen, from Frames for Life, Liberation, & Belonging) 

Our work in strategic communications incorporates arts and culture as a primary way to engage with the work of the Haas Institute by: expanding the reach—who we engage; the relevance—the urgency and immediacy of our work to directly impacted people and other key decisionmakers; and the rigor—what types of knowledge we incorporate in developing policies and practices that support authentic belonging of marginalized communities.*  

At its heart, our Arts & Cultural Strategy deeply centers ways of knowing, seeing, and being that have been too often ignored, excluded, or misunderstood in lieu of "hard" expertise, and yet persist and thrive in the space of culture and the arts. We believe culture holds great potential to expand our collective and long-lasting efforts towards joy, insistent humanness, and true belonging.

(Photo: Members of the Staying Power fellowship use photos they took to explore the intersection of belonging and housing)

Below are recent examples of arts and cultural strategy in our work:

Since our inception, the Haas Institute has worked to intentionally engage with culturemakers who work in across many different media and who elevate a wide variety of perspectives. We've had the privilege of bringing the work of many artists, the majority of it commissioned and original, to events we've hosted and through our publications, such as:

In the fall of 2018 the Haas Institute will bring its first Artist in Residence on board as a 10-month long residency that will culiminate in a commissioned work at the 2019 Othering & Belonging Conference. 

For more information on our Arts & Cultural Strategy work, including how to get involved, contact Evan Bissell.



*The "three R's framework" is adapted from work by Carolina Balazs and Haas Institute faculty cluster member Rachel Morello-Frosch for exploring the contributions of community-based participatory research to science. See: Balazs, Carolina L., and Rachel Morello-Frosch. “The Three Rs: How Community-Based Participatory Research Strengthens the Rigor, Relevance, and Reach of Science.” Environmental Justice 6, no. 1 (February 1, 2013): 9–16.