What is Unstoppable Voters?
We believe that every voter’s voice must be heard. The U.S. freedom to vote is under extraordinary attack — at the state level, the federal level, and due to widespread apathy, division, disinformation, and distrust — but we have hope. We believe we can become a country where people feel invested in and excited about civic life. We believe legislation can be passed at the federal and state levels to support that civic life and protect the freedom to vote. And we know that we need to use the powers of art and culture to make this promise of democracy real for us all.
Through our expansive Unstoppable Voters program, we support creatively risk-taking, strategic, ambitious organizations, people, and projects that address urgent and specific anti-voter attacks. We provide training and community building for individuals and groups who are passionate about protecting the freedom to vote and bringing the needed innovation to that fight. And we provide funding and support to help manifest that innovation and bring real, measurable impact. To date, we’ve helped over 80 organizations and over 500 individuals make voting accessible, safe, joyful, powerful, and irresistible.
For the 2022 midterm election season, we’re supporting 14 of the most exciting pro-voter groups, to realize innovative, creative campaigns all across the country.
Announcing: 2022 Midterm Election Support!
We are thrilled to announce our 5 Fellows and 9 Action Accelerator teams that are taking big, bold actions to support voters this U.S. midterm election season.
These exceptional people and organizations are making voters unstoppable all across the country. Hailing from Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, DC, and more, they’re bringing creativity and innovation to locations and communities that are facing the highest barriers to exercising their fundamental freedoms.
Between now and November, we’re supporting with training, mentoring, and funding to help them develop and implement strategic artistic activism campaigns that will bring hope, inspiration, mobilization, and big pro-voter wins.
Additional Project Funding and Support
We’ve funded 25 bold, impactful projects that have helped people vote and protected the freedom to vote.
We began in 2020, funding 19 projects in the lead-up to and aftermath of the election, including: Cirque d’Vote, which organized dozens of line-warming circus performances at early voting locations and on Election Day; Float the Vote, which mobilized Detroit food and ice cream trucks to educate people about registration, early voting, and polling locations; Project Your Vote, which projected key voting information and narrative imagery in dozens of cities near voting sites; Fuck Talking, Go Vote, which mobilized diverse cowboys, cowgirls, and cowpokes across the country in 11 rides to ballot boxes before election day; and Delivering Democracy, which put troupes of dancing mailboxes on the ground throughout Pennsylvania to make people excited about voting by mail and dropbox. Read more about the projects we funded in 2020 here and here.
Watch a video about our 2020 projects here.
In 2021, we funded 6 projects, including: Song Power For The People, which penned an original pro-voter song and sang it continuously for over 24 hours to put pressing on busting the filibuster and getting national pro-voter standards passed; How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote?, which combined theater, puppets, music, and more to engage youth in Philly and got them registered and ready to (read about its big win for Philly students here); ¿En Serio Loca? ¡VOTA!, which took over Orlando’s October pride to queer the vote and help the QTPOC community counter poll intimidation; and Chase the Erase, a day of raucous street actions featuring drum lines, cheer squads, and lots of chalk to fight for fair districts in Pennsylvania.
We’re supporting even more projects during the 2022 Midterms — stay tuned to hear all about them!
Organizational and Campaign Support
Through Unstoppable Voters, we support organizations working on key, pro-voter issues. Focuses of our workshops have included fair districting in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia through our Holistic Districts Hub; DC Statehood through our DC Statehood Accelerator; QTPOC voter registration and mobilization in Florida through Artistic Activism: ¡La Mega Clase!; youth power and abortion rights through Unstoppable Voters: Kansas, and more.
Participants in these multi-part initiatives:
- Develop and implement impactful, innovative campaigns focused on real, measurable results
- Share and learn from best practices at peer organizations around the country
- Become part of a close network of organizations pushing the boundaries of what pro-voter activism can be
Specific focuses and benefits include:
- Unique strategic campaign outlines for each organization, developed by participants within the workshop
- Analysis of audiences and impacts
- Clear ideas of what works and doesn’t, and how to get beyond raising awareness and into moving people to action
- Specific, impact-driven, and wildly creative objectives and tactic ideas
- Assessment methods and questions
- Tools that can be utilized in future work
- Presentations and documentation that can be shared organization-wide
The Holistic District Hub included staff at Fair Count, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, and Citizen Action Wisconsin. The DC Statehood Accelerator included staff and volunteers at DC Vote, 51 for 51, League of Women Voters of DC, Statehood4DC, and Long Live GoGo, and was led with our partners For Freedoms. Our work in Florida was in partnership with QLatinx and All Voting is Local and included staff from the Human Rights Campaign, Vote Riders, RideShare2Vote Aware, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Unstoppable Voters: Kansas was in partnership with Loud Light and the Kansas Youth Power Coalition and featured youth leaders working at organizations and campaigns including the wildly successful Vote Neigh campaign, BE SEEN, Sunrise, and more.
Interested in your organization working with us on your pro-democracy focus?
Reach out to our Unstoppable Voters Program Director.
Feedback from participants
“The training was incredibly inspiring and really showed how you can think outside of the box to accomplish your goals. The trainers were engaging and made the time fly by!”
“This was honest and different. I felt seen, supported and heard the entire time.”
“I learned a lot from the workshop and my peers. I feel like I have a lot of ideas and tools to move forward with!”
“So refreshing and enlightening. I have been feeling lately that as a movement we need to look at different ways to mobilize, inspire, support. These are times requiring “new” approaches to what have been lifelong struggles for marginalized groups. We cannot continue to utilize the same strategies and tactics that may have worked in the past.”
Our Unstoppable Voters Workshop was a three-session, online workshop where participants from across the country learned all about creative activism and refined ideas for creative, pro-voter projects. Great for staff and volunteers at voter advocacy organizations, for artists, advocates, activists, creative people, and more. This was a chance to experience our popular Creative Activism Academy training that we’ve been honing for 13+ years in workshops around the world — and immediately apply it to protecting the freedom to vote.
We held our first workshop in June 2021 for 60 participants, who were in 17 states with deep connections to 10 more plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Half of the participants came from arts backgrounds, half had more activist backgrounds. Many of them went on to develop inspiring project ideas that we supported with additional funding, training, and mentorship.
Unstoppable Voters Projects
Unstoppable Voters has been made possible through the generous support of Andrea Soros Colombel, Fourdoves Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.
Thank you hugely to our generous Unstoppable Voters anchor funder Andrea Soros Colombel for knowing that artistic activism is the future of advocacy, and for caring so deeply about democracy.