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

The Center for Artistic Activism is transforming the practices of art and activism, helping activists, artists, organizations, and foundations be more effective and affective in bringing about social change.

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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.


Training

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.

Advising

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.

Research

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

Resources

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


What we do

Art + Activism = Impact

Featured Alumnus

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

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News

  • Call for Applications: Creative Actions for NY Prosperity Online Workshop

    Artists and creative workers have the opportunity to mobilize their cultural power to create enormous and long-lasting change that will help every New Yorker across the state. Apply here by October 8th! Creative Activism for NY ProsperityOnline WorkshopOctober-November 2021 This workshop brings artists and creative workers together with the amazing advocates and volunteers of the …

  • New publication! Creative vs. conventional activism

    Stephen Duncombe and Silas Harrebye’s evidence-based, empirical study demonstrates the effectiveness of creative activism The Copenhagen Experiment: testing the effectiveness of creative vs. conventional forms of activism On a busy bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark, C4AA Co-Founder and Research Director Stephen Duncombe, along with Silas Harrebye, designed and staged a public experiment. They tested the comparative …

  • Hiring: Communications Consultant

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    The Center for Artistic Activism is seeking an experienced Communications Coordination Contractor who can help us better and more strategically share our existing projects, programs, campaigns and free resources with broader numbers and types of communities. We’re looking for a Communications Coordinator with strong writing and social media skills to help implement the Center for …

  • How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote Debut!

    How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote!–one of our Unstoppable Voters projects–took its performance direct to the School District of Philadelphia last week PHILLY TEENS CALL FOR VOTER EDUCATION IN DISTRICT SCHOOLS Teens in the PA Youth Vote summer theatre ensemble debuted How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote! The song, …

  • ¿En Serio Loca? ¡VOTA!

    ¿En Serio Loca? ¡VOTA! is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that protect the freedom to vote with creativity and innovation. ¿En Serio Loca? ¡VOTA! Voting is a powerful act, and should bring joy to voters! ¿En Serio Loca? ¡VOTA! is a one-of-a-kind queer celebration of voting. …

  • Chase the Erase

    Chase the Erase is an Unstoppable Voters Project – a series of Center for Artistic Activism supported works that protect the freedom to vote with creativity and innovation. Chase the Erase As redistricting advances and fall judicial elections approach, the soul of voting in Pennsylvania is on the line. Catalyzing the fight for fair districting, …