CENTER FOR ARTISTIC ACTIVISM — CREATIVE COMMONS BY-NC-SA
Welcome to the C4AA

We help activists to think like artists...

and artists to think like activists

Across a range of issues...

All over the world.

We believe

that activism is too often flat & colorless

And doesn't need to be

we believe there's an art to activism

and we aim to win.

R E C E N T  N E W S

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The Center for Artistic Activism is a research and training institute dedicated to making activism more creative and art more effective. Read more

WHAT IS C4AA?

We run programs that help activists create more like artists and artists strategize more like activists.  We do rigorous research on artistic activism, past and present, and reconnoiter related fields. The result is better informed theory and more effective practice. The result is Artistic Activism. Read more

WHAT WE DO

Artistic Activism is neither art nor activism.
It’s both: a dynamic hybrid that leverages the affective qualities of art and the effective capabilities of activism.
Like art and activism, artistic activism only works when it moves us. Read more

WHAT IS ARTISTIC ACTIVISM?

T H E  F O U N D E R S

Steve Lambert

Accomplished Artist

Stephen Duncombe

Veteran Activist
In 2009, Stephen Duncombe, a veteran activist, and Steve Lambert, an accomplished artist, found one another. Duncombe was sick of planning protests that were routine, colorless and ineffective, and Lambert was frustrated by political art that few saw and impacted less. They both thought the other one might have the answer. They quickly learned that neither did. But together they began researching how arts and activism could work together. Eager to share what they had discovered, they turned this research into a series of training workshops they have brought to activists and artists worldwide. Read more

Still not sure WHAT WE DO?