Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven Award

Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven Award

The Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven Award recognizes an activist group, in the region of the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, that puts the ideals of the New Political Science Section, ‘to make the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world,’ into practice.

2020 Recipient:
East Side Arts Alliance and Cultural Center, Oakland, California

2020 Committee:
Wendy Wright (chair), Wendy Sarvasy, Patrizia Longo, Frances Fox Piven (honorary)

The Eastside Arts Alliance and Cultural Center is an organization of Third World artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color committed to working in the San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for local communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change. ​Twenty years ago, EastSide Arts Alliance set out to create a Third World Cultural Center to serve and unite the Black, Brown, Asian & Indigenous communities that compose East Oakland. EastSide began as a progressive fusion of cultural collectives of color which organized a steady stream of art programs, town hall forums, youth workshops, and visual exhibitions at the EastSide Cultural Center (now including a Third World archives and bookstore). It currently provides a home for a range of projects including the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival and the Black Cultural Zone collaborative. Through culture, a better future can be imagined and created.

The Committee of the Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven Award has chosen the EAACC for this year’s award in recognition of the importance of the arts and cultural in building and strengthening intersectional activism aimed at putting into practice the creation of a better world.

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Past Recipients
: Black Lives Matter, DC
2018: Young Abolitionists, Boston
2017: LeftRoots, San Francisco
2016Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia

Additional Recipients »

Deadline for nominations: April 1, 2021

Award Committee

Michael Forman, Chair
University of Washington 
Edwin Daniel Jacob
George Mason University
Kevin Funk
Spring Hill College
Frances Fox Piven (Honorary)
CUNY Graduate Center