Subversive Creativity Lab

Subversive Creativity Lab is a design and arts workshop dedicated to the study and creation of alternative, non-conformist, and counter-hegemonic visual and material interventions in the public sphere. Lab contributors are tied together by an ethos of Radical Public Service. We study visual-rhetorical expressions in public spaces and the resulting dialectics between arts <—> culture. Our work lives at the praxis between communication design, urban arts, and community engagement.

Using Arizona as a local laboratory, Subversive Creativity Lab addresses a variety of social justice issues, including those stemming from neoliberal ideologies and policies as well as historically colonialist practices.  

Our goals include:

  • generate scenarios that give voice to those traditionally silenced;
  • provide resources and asset-based frameworks by which communities can author their own creative solutions;
  • facilitate ethical community engagement exchanges using arts and design methodologies;
  • capture and celebrate the cacophony of visual expressions made by citizens in their own communities;
  • design stand-alone artifacts for public places;
  • explore opportunities to train future arts and culture professionals for socially impactful careers;
  • decolonize design education through participatory design practices in social, cultural, and community contexts.