From the inside front cover:
“Art for a Democratic Society is dedicated to the promotion of a conscious and public discussion of art and its role in society. We believe that open and democratic debate, discussion, and critique are preconditions for progressive and inclusive movements in politics, art, and culture. We seek to engage artists and art audiences in public discussions concerning the state of. and relationship between, art, politics, and culture in contemporary society.”
While I am marginally scared by the earnestness of the above statement, I am nonetheless fascinated by the concept of art manifestos. And this cute little pocket-sized workbook really makes me want to sit down and think for a moment about what & why I create. Crammed into its 16 pages is an overview of writing a manifesto, questions and starting points to kickstart your own manifesto, plus 4 manifestos created during a manifesto workshop, demonstrating alternative approaches to the project.
So You Wanna Write a Manifesto? is available for a measly $1 from the A4DS (Art for a Democratic Society) Etsy Store, as well as a wide variety of additional historical & contemporary manifestos to inspire you. You can also visit the A4DS blog for lots of online content & to find out how to participate in the Manifesto Exchange.