Why you’re desperately needed after Election Day

We’re joining together to ensure every vote is counted and swear in a new government elected by and for us. Together we will deliver a democracy where everyone counts, no exceptions. Join us October 8. On October 8th, we invited you to join us for an evening of looking ahead, after election day. We talked …

Steve Lambert on WFMU’s Techtonic

Center for Artistic Activism co-founder, Steve Lambert, was interviewed on WFMU’s Techtonic radio show on September 14. The interview covered the Center for Artistic Activism’s withdrawl from Facebook, the COVID-19 Dolly Parton “Jolene” Parody for Free the Vaccine, and our Advocacy Innovation Lab: Free the Vaccine for COVID-19. You can listen on techtonic.fm or the …

Steve Lambert’s frank 2020 talk

This 10 minute talk from frank2020 tells about one of our favorite projects at the Center for Artistic Activism and how we worked with the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce to win campaigns in South Africa. In February the Center for Artistic Activism headed to the 2020 frank Gathering hosted by the Center for …

Apply for Free the Vaccine for COVID-19: Season 2

We’re back for another round! Join us in fighting pharmaceutical monopolies to make publicly-funded COVID treatment and testing affordably priced, free at the point-of-delivery and accessible around the world! Applications closed Apply by filling out this form by Sept 1st 11:59pm EDT. Returning collective members, please fill out the above form also! More details on …

COVID-19 Dolly Parton “Jolene” Parody for Free the Vaccine

We’ve been training an international group of volunteers for the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign. Our goal is ensuring publicly-funded diagnostic tools, treatment, and the COVID-19 vaccine will be sustainably priced, available to all and free at the point-of-delivery. The participants have been learning how to use artistic activism to reach these goals. We …

Advocacy Innovation Lab: Free the Vaccine for COVID-19

“Free the Vaccine for COVID-19” is the first implementation of our Advocacy Innovation Labs, designed to train participants in artistic activism while generating new, creative, and innovative tactics to solve urgent problems. The Issue: What’s the Problem We’re Addressing? It’s hard to imagine the day we read the headline “COVID-19 Immunizations Begin.” However, history shows …

Op-Ed: Free the Vaccine, Free the People

“Signing the Open COVID Pledge is therefore not merely a technicality or detail about licensing policy, but a matter of ensuring racial justice in healthcare and opposing institutional violence against Black people.” by Navya Dasari and Joyce Farley (of FreeTheVaccine.org) This post also appears on Medium.com As protesters around the country convene in large numbers …

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, Director of Boston Ujima Project, and Steve Lambert, artist and Director + Co-founder of The Center for Artistic Activism, “Is arts activism enough?” Together we …

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 we chat with Stephen Duncombe, a professor and co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism. We talk about combining art and activism, digging into popular …

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 Grow Carbon in Urban Soils (and Beyond) is the full account of the Carbon Sponge project, including: the science of carbon sequestration, why urban carbon …

Four Keys to Building a Global Movement in 14 Days

How do you build a global movement in 14 days? On March 13th, we began a meeting with a huge question; what the heck can we do in the face of the coronavirus? 14 days later, we were hosting a live, online information session for a new program. Over 475 people from more than 27 …

April Fool’s for Big Pharma

Pharmaceutical companies pay accountants, attorneys, and even ombudsmen to make sure they are held accountable to their finances, the law, and ethics. So this April Fool’s we wondered, why are we holding them accountable for free? Today we sent invoices to companies like Gilead Sciences, Johnson & Johnson, and Purdue Pharmaceuticals for our work to …

Join us & Free the Vaccine for COVID-19

We’re forming a global, advocacy innovation lab to Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 and you can take part. Update: Visit “Free the Vaccine” for most current info on the project” Together we will Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 Around the globe we are taking rapid, drastic action to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we …

Creative Anti-Corruption: Facing down the education system in Albania

Diplomas and degrees are markers of ones rigorous study and indicate to others a measure of achievement. Unfortunately, if you want a PhD in Albania, it’s within reach. Just find the right administrator and be prepared to pay. Be careful who you approach because some may prefer sexual favors to cash. This problem makes everyone’s …

Alumnus, Terry Marshall, selected for Create Change Program

Center for Artistic Activism Alumnus and Board Member, Terry Marshall, has been selected for the Laundromat Project’s Create Change Program. Center for Artistic Activism pal, Aisha Shillingford, was also included. Congratulations Terry and Aisha! The cohort, comprised of 10 Fellows and 4 Artists-in-Residence, will collaborate with New York City communities to develop, deepen, and enact …

The Center for Artistic Activism Reading List

These texts helped influence our perspectives, curriculum, and approach. We share them with you so you can dig deeper into some of the concepts, histories, and theories we draw from. At the Center for Artistic Activism we’ve examined a wide range of fields so please note: some of these books we adore from cover to …

Aaron Hughes

“We’re bringing about these extreme situations, we’re bringing about that choice where people have to respond just like in Iraq. We’re making people respond to us. The whole idea was to share that, because there was no way in our minds that people in the United States could think that an occupation was moving into …

Why Artistic Activism?

Sometimes we’re asked, “what’s this artistic activism thing all about?” and “what’s the difference between artistic activism and regular activism?” or “why would I use artistic activism in my campaign?” As an answer, we offer this primer. Why Artistic Activism: Nine Reasons By Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert 1: Artistic Activism Mobilizes Affect and Effect …

Sheba Remy Kharbanda

“When I was doing grassroots work… around specific issues associated with trauma state violence sexual violence. I found that I wasn’t offering enough just documenting it. Witnessing is very important but then what do we do with all that pain, where do we take it? …many of us not from the “first world”, are coming …