Alumni “Valu” Obiajulu on BBC World

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. In Lagos, Nigeria corruption brings crime to every level of a society and causes infrastructure to languish. Dance can be attention grabbing, visceral, and powerful way to communicate ideas and emotions when political and legislative avenues are fruitless. This is why BBC World talked to …

Artistic Activism guide to the Georgia Run-off Election

Looking to help in the Georgia run-offs? This guide can help. We asked our Unstoppable Voters grantee, Georgia artist Gabrielle Mertz, to draft a guide to the Georgia run-offs for people who want to help. You can read her guide here. We’ve highlighted excerpts below, with our extra special input on the creative activism part …

The Future is Georgia with Gabrielle Mertz

Gabrielle Mertz from Drawing out the Vote is hosting this conversation with PS122 The Future is Georgia How The Cultural Community Is Changing Voting & Elections Monday, December 21st6:00 PM EST (online event)—REGISTER HERE— A discussion with Gabrielle Mertz about the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, the creative community’s engagement on voter turnout, and implications …

Online Panel: Journal Rappé and The Peace Poets

We’re so excited about this. Keyti is based in Senegal, one of our Artistic Activism trainers for the Regional Creative Hubs, and a co-founder of Journal Rappé. The project takes current affairs and in-depth reporting, puts it to a beat, and edits together a 10+ minute report published on YouTube. This year, their work was …

Ishtar Lakhani on BBC 100 Women List

Congratulations to the Center for Artistic Activism’s Ishtar Lakhani, she is included on the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020! Ishtar is an alumni of Center for Artistic Activism programs, and became a collaborator on programs we ran in South Africa like the 2016 AIDS Conference and trainings for …

Unstoppable Voters Panel – Behind the Scenes

What worked? What were some of the strategies used in the projects? What wasn’t captured in the photos and video? You can watch a recording of this panel below. Highest voter turn out, ever. You can’t win elections without turning out voters. While there’s work ahead and complex problems to solve, we’re allowing ourselves a …

CBS This Morning on Unstoppable Voters

Although there are still three days until Election Day, some cities this year have seen a surge in early voting. Helping those voters get motivated and to the polls is a team of unconventional people that describes themselves as “artistic activists.” They are part of the “Unstoppable Voters Project,” a series spread across the nation …

How to talk about voter suppression

How do you talk about voter suppression and election issues without amplifying the doubts and fears seeded by those who benefit from voter suppression? This resource we’ve been sharing with our Unstoppable Voters Project participants. It’s an interview with Anat Shenker-Osorio in Rolling Stone: “There’s a Right and a Wrong Way to Talk About Trump’s …

Living the City Exhibition – Berlin

Documentation of The Center for Artistic Activism’s workshop projects in cities like Macedonia and South Africa are part of an exhibition at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. The exhibition is open through December 20th of this year. Cities are full of stories—simultaneous, contradictory, overlapping, and inextricably connected. Living the City tells over fifty stories from …

Alumni, Ishtar Lakhani, profiled in Maverick Citizen

Center for Artistic Activism alumni and workshop instructor, Ishtar Lakhani, was profiled in the Maverick Citizen. Ishtar is based in South Africa and after participating in our 2015 training, has worked alongside the Center for Artistic Activism on several actions and trainings in the country. We love working together and are happy to see her …

We’re Funding Creative U.S. Election Projects

We are excited to announce the Center for Artistic Activism is supporting projects that uniquely address urgent and specific voter suppression problems in the United States. Creative, ambitious, strategic, risk-taking projects will be funded up to $10,000 each. Initial short proposals are due Sept 2nd at 11:59pm EDT. The Unstoppable Voters Project The Center for …

We’re hiring a Campaign Manager

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 is hiring a Campaign Manager for Fall/Winter 2020 . A detailed description and application are on the freethevaccine.org site. We’re looking for the right candidate and you can help. If you know someone who would be a good match, please pass the application along! The Campaign Manager will work closely …

Amber Ruffin does evaluation

In Late Night comedian Amber Ruffin’s latest “Amber Says What” she asks a lot of valuable evaluation questions of the Trump administration’s latest political spectacle. We may start incorporating these into our work. Some highlights: Why this? What was the desired effect? Why is this happening and what is happening? Did you know this was …

Stop Hate for Profit: Facebook Ad Boycott

The Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, and the Color Of Change have called for business to boycott advertising on Facebook “to stand in solidarity with our most deeply held American values of freedom, equality and justice.” Their effort is gaining momentum, with brands singing on like Patagonia, the North Face, REI, Magnolia Pictures, and Ben & …

Alumni Anne Basting’s Creative Care

Anne Basting (alumni of our School for Creative Activism) is a pioneer in dementia and elder Care. She “developed a radical approach that combines methods from the world of theater and improvisation with evidence-based therapies that connect people using their own creativity and imagination.” Her new book is called Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to …