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.


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.


  • The Creativity Continues On

    Get on the News Zoom

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we brought together dozens of incredible artistic activism minds, and we came up with over a hundred ideas about how to get the U.S. press to cover the need to protect our freedom to vote. 

  • Radicalizing the Remote: How to Keep Kicking Butt at a Distance

    If you’ve been wondering how to invigorate your advocacy teams, get out creative messages that penetrate through the haze, or collaborate in new ways, all at a distance and online, we have just the thing for you.

  • Yes, we can still win big on voting

    Delivering Democracy

    We are so close to enacting vital legislation for protecting the freedom to vote in the U.S. This is a critical point for our nation. Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act *, essential legislation that ensures we can safely and freely cast our ballots, have our voices heard, …