How Pop Culture Can Help Activists

Pop culture has a lot to teach us about successful creative campaigns. Reality dating shows, tabloid magazines, telenovelas, Bollywood movies, football matches, K-pop songs, video games, and that commercial you can’t get out of your head can all help you generate effective campaign ideas. Are we encouraging you to watch reality TV shows instead of …

How the Sex Workers’ Movement in South Africa changed the conversation

Background In 2015, Ishtar Lakhani met the Center for Artistic Activism for the first time. The Open Society Foundation (OSF) had brought the  Center to Cape Town, to organize a five-day workshop for organizations involved with the Sex Worker Movement in South Africa. At that time, Ishtar was working as an Advocacy Manager at the …

Cleveland VOTES: How a Voting Advocacy Organization Develops a Cultural Strategy

Cleveland VOTES came to the Center for Artistic Activism in 2023 with a question: how could they, a civic engagement and voting advocacy organization, create a cultural strategy that would enable them to work with artists and other culture creators and together expand  the ways in which Cleveland voters and communities participate in politics and …

Special Event! Arts + Civic Power

How Artists and Advocacy Groups Can Work Together to Supercharge Civic Engagement in 2024 This event has ended. Access the full recording, takeaways and more resources, here. We all know how important this year is for engaging voters. But with so many potential voters feeling apathetic and burned out on politics, how can we overcome …

Listen to us on Team Human!

We loved talking with the brilliant Douglas Rushkoff, one of the smartest and most curious thinkers about social change, technology, revolution, and culture. In this episode, Rushkoff — who is an Advisory Board Member of the Center — asks the best questions about how and why artistic activism works. We highly recommend his Team Human …

Call for Applications: Program Assistant

Program Assistant C4AA is seeking a Program Assistant to help the organization support artistic activism the world over. This is a temporary staff position until December 31, 2024, open to anyone authorized to work in the U.S. at 30-40 hours per week, working remotely (preferably in the NY, FL, and MD areas) on a flexible …

The Center Recommends: Art Works

💘 This week, the Center recommends “Art Works: How Organizers and Artists are Creating a Better World Together” (2023) by Ken Grossinger. According to our own Steve Duncombe, “focusing on stories of artists and organizers collaborating over a wide range of movements, in Art Works Ken Grossinger establishes the key principle for success when using …

Pop Culture Field Trips (Part 1 + 2)

Hi there, My name is Serena, and I’ve been working with the Communications Team here at the Center this summer. I have a confession: I grew up without television. Wait what?! This may seem like a strange way to introduce myself, (especially for someone halfway through the last year of a media studies degree!) but …

Creative Resistance Series

To introduce some of the theories, methods and principles of artistic activism to new audiences we recorded Creative Resistance Podcast Mini-Series covering the basics of Artistic Activism,  Audience, Tactics & Strategies, Context and, of course, Success & Failure. Explore the basics, or expand your knowledge, of what artistic activism is all about with the first …

Ways to Win with Unstoppable Voters in 2024

We’re offering our widest range of programs yet to help you make the impossible possible next year Bold experimentation! Happy hours during the day! Workshops that will make a world of difference! We all know we’ll need to bring our best (and then some) to mobilize millions to the polls in 2024, to elect politicians …

Open Call: Unstoppable Voters Fellowship

Want to bring more creativity and bold action to civic engagement work in 2024? Apply to join our Unstoppable Voters Fellowship for leaders at U.S. voting organizations!  Receive one-of-a-kind training, mentorship, and hands-on support – and make the impossible possible. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply by November 28 Across the United States, civic engagement advocates are gearing up …

Open Call: Faculty Fellowship

Turn your higher education campus into a hub of creative civic engagement in 2024 Apply by November 1 Civically-engaged students change the world. From the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s to innovative methods to ensure climate justice today, students on college and university campuses have worked tirelessly to improve all of our lives. Yet …

Our Votes, Our Stories: Unstoppable Voters

Join our special workshops in collaboration with the Sam & Adele Golden Gallery’s exhibit on the importance of democracy Looking to get more involved in voting activism? Wanting to make real change but not sure where to start? Interested in meeting more engaged folks in your community? Join us in-person on November 1 from 6-8pm OR …

Every Strike, Everywhere, All At Once!

Subscribe to receive bi-weekly newsletters like this one! Happy Labor Day ! We were talking with Daniel Scheinert, one of the amazing Daniels who directed Everything Everywhere All At Once. We were telling him about one of the ways we help advocates brainstorm new ideas. If you’ve been in our workshops, you know this exercise: …

We Made The Impossible Possible In Atlanta And Beyond!

Hi friends, Do you know that feeling of wanting to make sure you never forget the exact moment you’re in? You know — that kind of moment when everything about it feels so special — the space, sights, and sounds, and most importantly — the people, and the conversations, laughter, and joy you share with …

Video: Making the Impossible Possible Convening

Making the Impossible Possible included over 40 voting champions, representing 32 organizations, across 13 states. Over three days together, we revolutionized our civic engagement work, learned from and inspired each other, and came up with creative strategies to win the immense electoral and democratic battles we face this year and in the year ahead. Learn …