Gan Golan

Artistic Director

Gan Golan is a NY Times bestselling author and artist. He has spent the last two decades on the front lines of social justice movements throughout the US and abroad, from housing and labor rights, to climate and economic justice. His books include the bestseller ‘Goodnight Bush’ and the critically-acclaimed graphic novel ‘The Adventures of Unemployed Man’. As an artist, he has designed rock music posters for Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Nick Cave and the Foo Fighters.

Gan’s work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles that shift popular narratives and mobilize communities. A fan of pop-culture, he has created original video games projected onto the side of buildings to challenge corporate power, and invented a fake sports team, the corporate “Tax Dodgers” to address economic inequality, who were installed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Recently, he helped design the largest climate mobilization in history, The People’s Climate March.

He has personal understanding of the critical important of citizen’s right to film police. In 2003, while attending a peaceful protest in Miami, Florida he was unlawfully arrested, beaten and then forced to stand trial. Upon witnessing video evidence shot by bystanders, the judge dismissed all charges against him. His masters thesis at MIT focused on the militarization of policing in the United States.

In 2015, was awarded a Rauschenberg Foundation “Artist As Activist” Fellowship as a member of People’s Climate Arts. Golan’s work has been featured in the NY Times, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The SF Chronicle, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Salon.com and Wired Magazine.