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.

Sunday and Monday, August 1st and 2nd, join us in Washington D.C. as we Bust The Filibuster with SongForThePeople.Live


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

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Ishtar Lakhani organizing for sex worker rights at the 2016 AIDS Conference in South Africa


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  • Public Comment as Performance

    Monopoly Man poses behind an Equifax executive at a government meeting

    Government meetings can become a key performance venue with some clever planning. The bar is already set so low that one can easily say their peace and do it with panache! Get inspired by these fun examples… There are situations where open public comment, response, or testimony is invited; shareholder meetings, city council, Q&As, and …

  • Regional Creative Hubs: Phase II Projects

    Senegal Workshop Graduate group photo - lots of smiles.

    Centres créatifs régionaux: projets de phase II ABOUT REGIONAL CREATIVE HUBS AND OUR GOALS Regional Creative Hubs is an anti-corruption project bringing together artists, journalists and anti-corruption advocates in creating bold, innovative approaches to fight corruption. The project spans two regions where corruption is pervasive – the Western Balkans and West Africa – and creates …

  • White Coat Rebels World Premiere

    White Coat Rebels Screenshot

    White Coat Rebels will be premiering at the AFI Docs Film Festival this Thursday, June 24 and the movie features part of the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign. There will be a virtual screening (with a 48 hour viewing period) and a conversation with the filmmakers and subject Neda Ashtari. The film follows a committed group …

  • Order our book: The Art of Activism

    Art of Activism Book Steve Duncombe and Steve Lambert

    The new book from the founders of the Center for Artistic Activism, The Art of Activism: Your All-Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible – published by O/R Books. All true art is a form of activism, and the best, most enduring activism rises to the level of art. Here’s a thrilling invitation and actionable …

  • Intercept: The Vaccine Divide

    “Why should the knowledge that is required to end the pandemic be kept secret?” There is a better way, and this report exposes how pharmaceutical corporations are acting as barriers, not saviors. This short report from the Intercept sums up why we at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Center for Artistic Activism have …

  • Alumni Anne Basting TED Talk

    Anne Basting is a Center for Artistic Activism alumni, MacArthur fellow, and TED Speaker who has brought insights from her theater practice into elder care settings. Her work shows the power of artistic thinking and processes to improve people’s lives, as well as change policy and paradigms. Anne Basting at TED By incorporating art and …