Programs

Training

We offer training for artists, activists, and organizations on theory, methods and skills for maximizing their impact. In 2021 alone we’ve trained hundreds of activists, artists, and investigative journalists in the Western Balkans and West Africa, and democracy advocates across the United States, and public health advocates around the world.

Advising

We provide advising for groups and organizations on strategic, creative methods for activism, grant making, and assessment. 2021 advising partners include; Greenpeace, A Blade of Grass, Art Against Ageism, Recess Art, and Open Society Foundations.

Research

We conduct and share research on the practice and impact of artistic activism.

Resources

We give away podcasts, videos, webinars, guides and other online training resources you can access now..

Our book The Art of Activism: Your All Purpose Guide to Making the Impossible Possible published by O/R Press.

Publication: Why Artistic Activism?

Revolutionizing Activism – our online discussion series covering innovative ideas in artistic activism from around the globe


What we do

Art + Activism = Impact

Ishtar Lakhani talking to a group
Ishtar Lakhani organizing for sex worker rights at the 2016 AIDS Conference in South Africa

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation helps support artistic activism worldwide.

News

  • Art for the Polls

    Art for the Polls

    A program to support U.S. artists creatively engaging in the 2024 election Are you an artist who wants to use your creativity to inspire people to vote this year? Join our special Art for the Polls online workshop! On July 9 from 5-7pm ET, we’re providing resources and insights to help you channel your unique…

  • 15 Key Takeaways from our 2024 Faculty Fellowship

    15 Key Takeaways from our 2024 Faculty Fellowship

    Let our Faculty Fellows’ pilot programs inform your teaching for the fall and beyond We’re thrilled to share the pilot projects and key takeaways of our inaugural cohort of Unstoppable Voters Faculty Fellows! This diverse group of nine exceptional faculty members from across the nation received specialized training in artistic activism and strategies for infusing…

  • The Powers of Art

    The Powers of Art

    Art is powerful. And social scientists can tell us why. A couple years ago, Center for Artistic Activism Executive Director Rebecca Bray started to research what social scientists tell us about the powers of art. She dug into the literature looking at the role art and creativity play in our world. Rebecca wanted to put…

  • The Divine Project

    The Divine Project

    The Divine Project supports, invigorates, and expands the practices of New York City-based QTBIPOC artists and creators whose work challenges the status quo and gives way to social change through community building and collaborative artmaking. Center for Artistic Activism, Eureka! and Public Assistants developed this project with support from the Ford Foundation. The project includes…

  • Creative Civic Learning: Special Event Recap

    Creative Civic Learning: Special Event Recap

    Faculty-Led Ideas to Strengthen Democracy in 2024 Presented by the Center for Artistic Activism and Project Pericles As campus educators, how can we help students overcome mental and logistical challenges to make sure their voices are heard in this major election year? By embedding creative civic learning in the classroom! Faculty across the nation are…

  • How Pop Culture Can Help Activists

    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…