We’ve reached thousands of participants, worked in 19 countries, on 4 continents – and counting. We’re excited about what’s ahead and need your support to get there.

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Make creative change happen

You understand tired activist cliches gets stale and less effective. (Everyone knows that!) That’s why inventive, exciting, and creative new practices are so desperately needed. The Center for Artistic Activism does research, shares methods, and mentors on-the-ground efforts so fighters for change are as effective as possible.

Your contribution is meaningful because it helps train artists, activists, and investigative journalists to develop innovative, artistic actions that beat corruption, and win campaigns for human rights and increasing democracy.

And we have a special Steve Lambert print to share as a way of saying thank you!

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We Believe in Artistic Activism

Negative predictions come easily and the world has enough bitterness. Right now the world needs your vision, your optimism, and your empathy. It needs your drive and motivation. It needs your most compelling stories, your creativity, and it needs your humor. We need new ideas of how the world can work, and new ways to get there.

The Center trains people to use these ideas in effective campaigns through proven methodologies. With your help, the Center for Artistic Activism supports groups and individuals who are looking for creative and effective ways to counteract bigotry, hate, misinformation and fear.


In the last ten years we’ve reached:

  • thousands of participants
  • worked in 19 countries
  • on 4 continents
  • and counting!

Our alumni have

  • changed national human rights policy in South Africa
  • moved the needle on drug policy in Seattle
  • recaptured millions for infrastructure projects in the Balkans
  • and much more.

We’re excited about what’s ahead and need your support to get there.

Support Artistic Activists Around the World

Why support Center for Artistic Activism? Douglas Rushkoff says we don’t suck. And some of our other alumni seem to agree. Check out these short videos they sent.

Check out some of our alumni stories to see the people we work with.

Our thank you gift

If you can give $50 or more, we’d like to send you a “START WITH YES” print. We’re hoping your co-workers and friends will ask you about it and you can spread the word about artistic activism. It’s an original, editioned 11″x17″ Risograph print designed by Center for Artistic Activism’s Steve Lambert.

Get yours with a contribution of $50 or more.

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“Start with Yes” is a shared philosophy around collaboration at the Center for Artistic Activism. It means start in agreement, start with acceptance, start with trust. It means saying yes to wild ideas. Yes to the world we want. Yes to love. Yes to working together. Yes to sharing. Yes to successes. Yes to aiming higher. Yes to making it weirder. Yes to the unexpected. Yes to Utopian dreams. Yes to odd combos.

Yes and. Yes to the future. Yes to everyone. Yes to big risks. Yes to possibly, probably looking like a fool. Yes to talking. Yes to listening. Yes to dreaming. Yes to pushing it a step further. Yes to thinking. Yes to feeling. Yes to doing. Yes we will do the impossible. Yes we will win.

We hope a reminder to “Start with Yes” can help your collaborations also!

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The Center for Artistic Activism is a not-for-profit, certified 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable and educational organization. Under IRS code, the full amount of your donation is tax deductible against your income. To fully benefit please inform and consult your tax specialist.

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