Can Art Change Minds?


Talking Heads co-founder and Arbutus creator David Byrne joins Ford Foundation President Darren Walker for a lively conversation about art and life and the role of artists in trying times. “Music can unite people,” says Byrne. “It can make people feel that they belong, that they’re not alone.” Evoking Dr. Martin Luther King, Walker calls Byrne one of “America’s firefighters” at a time when the nation’s house is on fire. In this poignant conversation, Byrne and Walker share the roots of their own love of the arts, explain how the arts are integral to humanity, and reveal why they believe artists and their work can be a force for good.

  • 2020 Festival
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