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Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert has worked alongside artists and activists in 16 countries on 4 continents helping them to effect power. Trained in the arts, he is known for large scale, public projects that engage new audiences on difficult topics through the social science of comedy, games, theater, and democratic participation.

Lambert is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training institute to help activists be more creative and artists to be more effective.

As an artist, Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from art galleries to protest marches to Times Square, both nationally and internationally, featured in four documentary films, and over two dozen books, and collected by museums and The Library of Congress. Lambert has presented at the United Nations several times. His research is included in a United Nations report on the impact of advertising on cultural rights and the basis of a book on popular understandings of capitalism.

Over the past five years he’s focused on working with sex workers on campaigns for human rights, fighting for safe consumption spaces with people who use drugs like heroin and methamphetamine, and working with Treatment Action Group battling pharmaceutical companies over pricing for HEP-C treatments.

He is Associate Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase College.

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June 07, 2020

Conversation with Avram Finkelstein

At our last Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 meeting some participants said they wanted to know more about

May 11, 2020

N+T Asks with Nia Evans

On May 8 I participated in a conversation with Nia Evans (and Tomashi Jackson) for Boston’s Now and

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 May 10, 2020

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19

In mid-March (pre-safer-at-home orders) I started collaborating on a global program to make COVID-19 treatment, testing, and an

May 03, 2020

Teaching artistic activism through infomercials

I’m working on a series of videos for the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign I began with

Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert at The Sage Colleges, 3/23 February 15, 2020

Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert at The Sage Colleges, 3/23

I’ll be giving the Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture at the Sage Colleges on Monday March 23 at

Chapter in DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM February 03, 2020

Chapter in DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM

Stephen Duncombe and I have a chapter in the new book DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM, the first title in

Frank Gathering 2020 January 22, 2020

Frank Gathering 2020

I’ll be speaking at the Frank Gathering, February 4-7 in Gainsville Florida. I used the art department at

Speaking at Camp Camp in Moldova October 29, 2019

Speaking at Camp Camp in Moldova

The Center for Artistic Activism was invited to present at Camp Camp in Chisinau, Moldova. CampCamp is an

LARMAGAZINE #38 September 15, 2019
With a Little Help from My Friends at Charlie James Gallery September 14, 2019

With a Little Help from My Friends at Charlie James Gallery

With A Little Help From My Friends A Benefit for Bryan Chagolla September 14 – October 26, 2019

508 at Seattle City Hall August 25, 2019

508 at Seattle City Hall

508 is the number of people who have died from overdose in the city since the county’s Opioid