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.

The Center for Artistic Activism is supporting change through the current crises

Our Unstoppable Voters Project

We’re supporting artistic activism projects that combating voter suppression in the United States before and after the 2020 U.S. election. We’ve funded two rounds of projects. See the first round here.

The Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 Campaign

Join our fight to make COVID-19 treatment, testing, and vaccines affordable and accessible to all. We’ve launched a global, online Advocacy Innovation Lab called Free the Vaccine for Covid-19. And you can take part.

Transition Your Advocacy

Keep your team inspired and resilient. With our online workshops like Don’t Cancel: Creative Activism in the Time of Coronavirus, we can help your group move forward creatively, in the current context, no matter the issue you’re working on. Contact us for details.


We offer training for artists, activists, and organizations on theory, methods and skills for maximizing their impact.


We provide advising for groups and organizations on strategic, creative methods for activism, grant making, and assessment.


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

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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    Margaret McCarthy has acted as the “First Female President” for the last four years. Hear what was achieved in this parallel universe in her closing address, and let’s get started making some of those dreams a reality.
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  • Call for Interns
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    Looking to help in the Georgia run-offs? This guide can help. We asked our Unstoppable Voters grantee, Georgia artist Gabrielle Mertz, to draft a guide to the Georgia run-offs for […]
  • The Future is Georgia with Gabrielle Mertz
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  • Online Panel: Journal Rappé and The Peace Poets
    We’re so excited about this. Keyti is based in Senegal, one of our Artistic Activism trainers for the Regional Creative Hubs, and a co-founder of Journal Rappé. The project takes […]
  • Giving Tuesday 2020
    On this Giving Tuesday (December 1) you have a great opportunity to make your donation – even a small one! – go far in helping to support the amazing students, […]
  • Ishtar Lakhani on BBC 100 Women List
    Congratulations to the Center for Artistic Activism’s Ishtar Lakhani, she is included on the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020! Ishtar is an alumni […]
  • Unstoppable Voters Panel – Behind the Scenes
    What worked? What were some of the strategies used in the projects? What wasn’t captured in the photos and video? You can watch a recording of this panel below. Highest […]