Steve Lambert

has a book coming out

About Steve

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 multiple museums. 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 his research is 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 battling pharmaceutical corporations over pricing and access to life saving medicines.

He is on leave for 2020-2021 as an Associate Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase College.

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Recent Activity

The Art of Activism – Pre-order the Book June 19, 2021

The Art of Activism – Pre-order the Book

Could this really be 12 years in the making? Stephen Duncombe and I started research for this book

Save KDVS May 01, 2021
The Conversation – podcast December 20, 2020

The Conversation – podcast

I was invited to talk to Michael Shaw for his Conversation podcast and it was a real pleasure.

November 01, 2020

CBS This Morning on Unstoppable Voters

I was interviewed for CBS’ coverage of the Center for Artistic Activism’s Unstoppable Voters work. There are 11

October 04, 2020

Talk at frank Gathering

This 10 minute talk from frank2020 tells about one of our favorite projects at the Center for Artistic

Techtonic Podcast September 29, 2020
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