Founded in 2002, Art as Action (AaA) is a collaborative collective of Artivists— champions and ambassadors of the communal, universal, and healing language of art. AaA has successfully produced 15 multi-disciplinary shows, offering a creative springboard and performance cooperative that nurtures artists and inspires community engagement in the arts. Across these performances, AaA has unified diverse creative voices and genres through a collaborative framework: the Artivist Process.
The Artivist Process invites collaboration, sparks new ways of thinking, and provides an outlet for creative expression for a wide variety of performers. Artivists learn from each other’s expertise, experiment with cross-genre ideas, and co-design the culminating Artivist Performance.
In 2011, AaA created a new arena for creative expression, launching Reconnect with your Body (Reconnect), dance for people with and without Parkinson’s disease (PD). What started as a small dance class has become a thriving multi-faceted program that includes weekly classes at two locations, outreach in the Parkinson’s and dance communities and the Reconnect Performing Company.
Like AaA’s Artivist Process and Performances, Reconnect embodies AaA’s mission by making art accessible to anyBODY. Together, these facets of AaA use artistic expression to facilitate creative growth and personal transformation, from a performer working to break down artistic boundaries through new forms of expression to a Reconnect participant making peace with physical limitations through dance.
“Art as Action is a scrappy little nonprofit that's punching way above its weight class.”
- John Dean, Parkinson’s Disease Specialist
As Reconnect has grown, more intersections between the program and the Artivist Process have revealed themselves. In 2014, Reconnect dancers first stepped on the AaA stage, an opportunity many would never have considered before Reconnect uncovered their inner performer. Three years after Reconnect dancers began participating in the Artivist Process and Performance, as well as performing at a variety of PD events, AaA formalized the Reconnect Performing Company in 2017.
By providing an inclusive arena for a wide range of participants, AaA brings opportunities for any and every performer and offers the community an opportunity to experience humanity through art.
“Liturgy for Turbulent Times took us on a journey through truths and stories of the vulnerable and resilient dance of being human. I felt part of the journey woven into the circle of performers verses just simply watching a performance. I was moved to tears, struck by the strength, the joy, the questions and the hope that was shared, moved and danced. (AaA) clearly holds an intentional, safe, potent space for people of many walks and ways of life to cultivate such a moving performance. We left the show feeling inspired by how ritual theater art can serve to transform, uplift and rise up hope in all of us!”
- Jennie Gershater, audience member
the world needs ART. art needs YOU.
This dedicated nonprofit organization is a powerful creative agent entrenched in community.
Art as Action is, by far, the most professional, passionate, and talented group I have worked with. They understand the issues at the heart of the local, regional, national, and global communities, and are using their talent and expertise to help raise awareness of those issues and make a contribution to our world.
Art as Action is an amazing forum for artists to have an influential voice to change our increasingly tumultuous world.
Local and national artists bend the rules reaching toward one collective goal: widespread compassion, hope and peace for humanity. Witness the breaking down of social boundaries and the understanding and unity that ensues.