All interviews were tailored to the interviewee’s answers and experience. The was this standard list of questions:
Name, age, self-described profession, background...
What motivates you to do this work?
How do you decide where to put up your work?
What type of goals do you set at the outset of a project?
How do you define success of your work?
How do you measure impact of your work?
Why are arts and activism an interesting combination to you/your work?
How important is participation from your community? (community defined depending on interviewee)
How do you outreach to _____ community?
Do you see your work as political? (What makes it political?)
How important is accessibility to your work?
Has your network expanded as a result of your work?
How do you fund your work?
Do you see your work as illegal? How do you get permission to do your work? (Depending on interviewee.)
Have you leveraged technology/the Internet in your work?
What inspires you?
How can people get involved?
I prepared a second set having to do with the specific work, accomplishments, writing, etc. of the interviewee.
trascripts available upon request
AG-WF Artist Collective; Caleb Aero founder of Aerosal Art Parks and Graffiti Artist; Jen Abrams, Louise Ma, Carl Tashian, Rich Watts, and Caroline Woolard of OurGoods and TradeSchool; Garnett Alcindor of Candy Rush, Social Media for Kids, Franklin Ave merchants association; Doug Ashford founder of Group Material, professor, writer, artist; Archie Lee Coates and Jeff Franklin of PlayLab, inventors of plus pool; Petrushka Bazin Larsen of the Laundromat Project; Chloe Bass, artist, professor, Arts in Bushwick organizer; Ellie Balk, public artist, muralist; Dan Bejar, artist; Achille Bianchi, OmniCorp Detroit; BG183, member of Tats Cru; Jon Blount of Detroit Summer; Tania Bruguera artist, Immigrant Movement International; Carey Clark, visual arts director at The Point; Sharon De La Cruz, A.C.T.I.O.N. program director at the Point; Stephen Duncombe, professor at NYU’s Center for Artistic Activism; Tom Finkelpearl, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art; Camilo Godoy, intern at Immigrant Movement International and art student at the New School; Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, executive director of No Longer Empty; Edward Hillel, founder of the Harlem Bienalle; Remy Holwick, painter, muralist, and designer; Erik Howard founder of TAP gallery and Young Nation; Aurash Khawarzad of Do Tank Brooklyn; Gwyneth Leech, artist; artist collective Partizaning, Anton Polsky, Igor Ponosov, Sonya Polskaya, Shriya Malhotra; Cheryl McGinnis, curator at the Flatiron Prow Art Space; Shantell Martin, artist; Naomi Miller and Katarina Jerinic, founders of The Work Office; Terry Marshall, co-founder of Occupy Comix; Eve Mosher, environmentalist/activist artist; Dan Pitera, University of Detroit Mercy; Pebbles Russell and Jon Neville founders of Centre-Fuge street art gallery; Heidi Quante, 350.org arts coordinator; Rebeca Ramirez, from Heart of Brooklyn and Washington Ave Merchant Association; Amanda Sansoterra, Assistant to the artist Tyree Guyton at the Heidelberg Project, director of HP’s Emerging Artist Program and intern/volunteer coordinator; Michael Sclafani, of the Washington Ave Merchant Association; Dread Scott, artist; Jose Serrano-McClain, founder of Trust Art; Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity; Stacey Sheffy, VP Crow Hill Association; Mike Zuckerman , artist; Lana Zellner and Kristen Svorka, Art not Arrests.