Join us in a series of online public dialogues co-hosted by the Third Space Network and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary panels made up of artists, activists, media critics, cultural and government officials discuss the political impact of Covid-19 during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.


Register and access the events by clicking on “SAVE MY SPOT” on the Online Access page. Online audiences are united in Crowdcast, a participatory third space of civic engagement & chat that activates public dialogue across the boundaries of the local and the remote.


Raw Hope of Humanity Rising addresses critical arguments emerging in the political climate of Covid-19, in which hope is as raw as our democratic and economic wellbeing are faltering. These arguments concern core principles of democracy that are impacting the global struggle to defeat the virus, in which freedom of the press is threatened, information is tainted, elections are undermined, and constitutional guardrails are pushed to the limit. In this climate of fear, tribalism, disinformation, cynicism, abuse of power, and economic collapse, we are witnessing an epic struggle to preserve the fundamental qualities of humanism and embrace of the common good that binds us all. We ask: how can we transcend the boundaries between the arts, media, and government to illuminate the complex social, political, economic and health crisis we face today?


Raw Hope of Humanity Rising includes an online exhibition, #rawhope of Artistic Mediation, a resource documenting recent political art in the form of exhibitions, performance, and other interventions. In this extraordinary and turbulent time of crisis in the US and around the world, we feel it is imperative to capture global instability through the artistic lens. We invite you to join the Raw Hope of Humanity Rising Facebook page where we are cataloguing and discussing artistic mediation.


In conjunction with the Raw Hope of Humanity Rising public dialogues, the Art & Activism Information Hub gives direct access to organizations on the front lines of art, social change & political action. The Hub is a community based initiative of the Third Space Network to provide a networking opportunity with artists, cultural producers & activists, encouraging dialogue to become real action. The following organizations have joined this effort: Current Movements, Grassroots DC Media Collective, AU College Democrats, and the Washington Project for the Arts.


Raw Hope of Humanity Rising is organized by Randall Packer in association with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, along with the participation of cultural producer Leanne Mella and communications strategist Christina Papanicolaou. The project is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. Raw Hope of Humanity Rising is a Third Space Network initiative of Zakros InterArts.

Third Space Network

Third Space Network (3SN) is an artist-driven Internet channel created by Randall Packer, producing alternative artistic, social and political narratives. 3SN makes accessible the kinds of live performance, artworks, dialogues and interactions that can only be derived from globally networked media that collapses the local and remote into a shared third space.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

The American University Museum is a three-story public museum and sculpture garden located within the university’s dynamic and multidisciplinary Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC. The region’s largest university facility for exhibiting art, rotating exhibitions emphasize regional, national, and international contemporary art. The museum’s collections present the art history of Washington, while the Kunsthalle style ensures constantly changing, highly relevant and provocative programming.


Zakros InterArts, founded by Randall Packer in 1988, is concerned with emergent forms of interdisciplinary and networked art & communications and its incorporation of evolving technologies. Since 1999, Zakros has been based in Washington, DC, where it has focused on the critique of the political and media culture in the Nation’s Capital.


If you would like more information about Raw Hope of Humanity Rising or if you are a member of the press, please write to Randall Packer at