Imagination powers change – and changes power.

The Center for Artistic Activism helps people use their creativity and culture to effect power.

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Our book: The Art of Activism

You can now pre-order our book, The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible. It includes straightforward lessons, insights, and research from the couple decades of our work (and jokes). More at ArtOfActivismBook.com

Unstoppable Voters

We’re supporting artistic activism projects protecting the freedom to vote in the United States. We’ve given training, mentorship, and funding to over two dozen projects since September of 2020.

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19

Join our fight to make COVID-19 treatment, testing, and vaccines affordable and accessible to all. We launched a global, online Advocacy Innovation Lab called Free the Vaccine for Covid-19 and are supporting a movement.

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Arts and culture make activism more effective. There are still many obstacles ahead, but the Center for Artistic Activism is ready with tools, resources, training, and support. Help us continue this work in 2022 by contributing now.

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Senegal Workshop Graduate group photo - lots of smiles.
Senegal Workshop Graduates 2019
Care Bears hold a banner aloft reading "Sharing is Caring"
DC Rally to Share Vaccine Recipes with the World 2020
Compton Cowboys Ride to the Polls 2020
Philly Youth Advocating for Automatic Voter Registration 2021


We offer training for artists, activists, and organizations on theory, methods and skills for maximizing their impact. In 2021 alone we’ve trained hundreds of activists, artists, and investigative journalists in the Western Balkans and West Africa, and democracy advocates across the United States, and public health advocates around the world.


We provide advising for groups and organizations on strategic, creative methods for activism, grant making, and assessment. 2021 advising partners include; Greenpeace, A Blade of Grass, Art Against Ageism, Recess Art, and Open Society Foundations.


We conduct and share research on the practice and impact of artistic activism.


We give away podcasts,videos, webinars, guides and other online training resources you can access now..

What we do

Art + Activism = Impact

Ishtar Lakhani talking to a group
Ishtar Lakhani organizing for sex worker rights at the 2016 AIDS Conference in South Africa

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation helps support artistic activism worldwide.


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  • Ready to toast?

    Join Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, co-founders of the Center for Artistic Activism, this Tuesday, Nov. 30th at noon (12 pm EST), for an international digital toast to celebrate their new book, The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible. Bring your questions about the book, or just say hello! Register for the Zoom …

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    Join us in Washington DC to discuss The Art of Activism: Your All Purpose Guide to making the Impossible Possible On Saturday, December 4th We Act Radio’s literacy campaign and The Charnice Milton Community Bookstore are hosting the co-authors of The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible. We’ll celebrate the …