Imagination powers change – and changes power.

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

The Art of Activism Book

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 organizations and individuals that protect the freedom to vote in the United States with creativity and innovation. We’ve trained, mentored, and funded over 300 people and projects, reaching an audience of over two million, all across the country.

Revolutionizing Activism

We designed a new online conversation series to help people working on advocacy and activism discover new ideas and creative approaches to their work – and you’re invited!


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 by contributing now.

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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.