At Creative Time, we believe art matters. We believe the expressive side of humankind should actively participate in shaping society. And we believe that public spaces are places for creativity and freedom of expression. Since our founding in 1974, these three principles have guided our mission of commissioning adventurous art in the public realm - making us one of the most trailblazing arts organizations in the nation and around the globe. Over the years, we have worked with nearly 2,000 artists to produce over 335 art works and exhibitions that have ignited the public's imagination and explored ideas that shape society. Together, we have activated neglected urban sites, reinvented landmark spaces from Grand Central to Coney Island, and responded to timely issues - most notably with Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated Lower Manhattan and commemorated the events of 9/11. It’s fair to say that few arts organization have had the kind of widespread reach Creative Time has had. As Public Art Review wrote, "Creative Time has sustained one of the most spirited, experimental forums for public art …[their] work is characterized by energy, urgency, and vision."
With a belief in the power of artists to advance social justice causes, we have always made bold choices to stand up against bigotry, abuse and oppression. Our artists have tackled issues around poverty, racial parity, domestic abuse, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, HIV/AIDS, gentrification, religious intolerance, immigration, climate change, torture, and even the spiritual and physical rebuilding of places in crisis - from New Orleans to Haiti. Throughout our history, we’ve recognized that artists are changing the world through direct civic engagement in local communities, and we have worked to be the driving force shaping this dialogue and the field of social justice art more widely.
Our work regularly attracts significant media attention - from the covers of the New York Times and features in the Wall Street Journal, to stories on NPR, in arts magazines, and more. Our projects regularly receive “Best of the Year” awards. In 2009, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture named Creative Time the best arts organization in the country. Last September, Philanthropedia ranked us the 14th most impactful, far-reaching and well-run arts nonprofit in the country - right up there with major arts foundations like the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kennedy Center. In short, our community and experts in the field recognize that the artistic and socially progressive work we commission is vital to our times.