Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 7, April 13, 2012
Mark Century

Arts Department To Present “Reverend Billy” During GM Week Events

"Reverend Billy" is an activist performance artist who delivers passionate messages of environmentalism and anti-consumption.

Arts Department To Present “Reverend Billy” During GM Week Events

Political activism takes center stage as the Arts Department, in conjunction with several campus groups and departments, sponsors workshops and performances with visiting artist “Reverend Billy” during this year’s Grand Marshal Week. Reverend Billy will take part in three events on campus on Monday, April 16, and will also appear in area performances, including an April 14 appearance sponsored by iEAR Presents! at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy.

In his performances, Reverend Billy, the leader of the “Church of Earthalujah,” depicts an evangelical preacher with a passionate message of environmentalism and anti-consumption. According to its website, the “Church of Earthalujah is a New York City-based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands.”

Church members are “wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending land, life, and imagination from reckless development and the extractive imperatives of global capital. They employ multiple tactics and creative strategies, including cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, cell phone operas combined with grass roots organizing and media activism.”

“Reverend Billy is a preacher trying to save the Earth. His work builds on a classic trope in our field to use language or objects charged with meaning in novel contexts,” said Nao Bustamante, associate professor of the arts at Rensselaer, who is familiar with Reverend Billy’s work.

Reverend Billy will appear in three events on campus on Monday, April 16:

Please note times have changed.
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For more, visit the Sanctuary for Independent Media website at

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