Taking action on COVID-19

At the Center for Artistic Activism we’ve been working extended hours every day on COVID-19 response actions – planning ambitious new programs, consulting organizations via online meetings, and creating resources that you can put into action. Like you, we want as many people as possible to survive this. Join us.

Don’t Cancel

Don’t Cancel: Creative Activism in the Time of Coronavirus. A collection of starting points for taking your activism online and remote, keeping people safe while continuing your important work.

SALK Teams: Free the Vaccine for COVID-19

Join our fight to make a forthcoming Coronavirus vaccine affordable to all. We’re launching a massive online Advocacy Innovation Lab to Free the Vaccine for Covid-19. And you can take part.

Online Trainings

Keep your advocacy team inspired and resilient. Our online workshops help your team move forward creatively, in the current context, no matter the issue you’re working on. Contact us for details.

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.


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.

Featured Advising

Campaign Accelerator Program

Creative Grantmaking: Help for 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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  • Call: Impact Prize to end mass incarceration
    The Frieze Impact Prize is a new award to recognize artists’ role in the movement to end mass incarceration in the U.S. The prize seeks to lift up artwork that highlights the inequitable aspects […]
  • Webinar #27: Avram Finkelstein
    Avram discusses collectivity and communicating in public space for participants of the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign. At our last Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 meeting some participants said […]
  • Steve Lambert in conversation with Nia Evans
    On May 8 Steve Lambert participated in a conversation with Nia Evans (and Tomashi Jackson) for Boston’s Now and There. This week Executive Director Kate Gilbert asked you, Nia Evans, […]
  • Stephen Duncombe on the V,OID Podcast
    The V,OID (or Volunteers, organized in disorder) podcast focuses on interviewing key organizers, community builders, and ecological harmonists that have inspired the podcast creators in their efforts. In this episode […]
  • Brooke Singer has a new book
    Brooke Singer is an alum of the Center for Artistic Activism’s first program. Carbon Sponge: A Guide To Grow Carbon in Urban Soils (and Beyond) Carbon Sponge: A Guide To […]
  • DS4SI has a new book
    Center for Artistic Activism advisory board member Kenny Bailey and his team at the Design Studio for Social Invervention have a new book: Ideas Arrangements Effects – System Design and […]
  • Amazon, Facebook, HP, IBM, Microsoft, and Sandia join “Open COVID Pledge”
    Last week the Center for Artistic Activism joined Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in signing the Open COVID Pledge: This week we were joined by some unusual allies. Amazon, Facebook, […]
  • LM Bogad’s The Plague Podcast
    The Center for Artistic Activism Advisory Board member, L.M. Bogad has a new podcast. Check out episode three with Merith Basey, who is working with us on the Free The […]