The Center for Art Activism

From our very beginning we identified the fields of culture, art and creativity as key to social justice work because these elements create opportunities for people marginalized from other spheres of influence such as law, politics and business to use their own unique perspectives to gain power, representation and real political change.

A clear, concise list of prompts to remind us of important things to remember when planning an action - Let's step it up handout:

The Center for Cultural Power

The Center for Cultural Power is a women of color, artist-led organization, inspiring artists and culture makers to imagine a world where power is distributed equitably and where we live in harmony with nature. We support artists through fellowships, training and opportunities for activation. We create intersectional stories and content addressing issues of migration, climate, gender and racial justice. We engage groups in cultural strategy and organize artists in issues that inspire them. Together with allies, we are co-creating a field of cultural strategy with organizations and practitioners through convenings, design teams and strategy tables.

An illustrated resource that lays out frameworks and tools that support social change movements to harness the power of artists and culture makers in painting a picture of a more equitable and just future:

The Conversation Booth

The Conversation Booth is a pop-up sound installation that invites visitors to record themselves discussing a particular topic or question. Their responses are automatically archived by a computer program and recomposed as part of a living speech collage heard on wireless headphones at the installation and later at this website. The Conversation Booth is a participatory art project that could not exist without the contribution of its users; it is simply an empty shell designed to facilitate interaction, with it’s content and meaning created by those who speak.

Stories from Windrush: The Conversation Booth was installed at Goldsmiths' 35 Cafe for two days in October 2018 in partnership with the Mayor of London's Arrival series of community engagement events. Visitors were invited to tell their stories of arrival in London, with the first day aimed at the Goldsmiths community of students and staff. On day two, stories were inspired by a series of workshops led by artists and academics; Rose Sinclair explored the legacies of the Dorcas Societies through textiles and oral histories, Audrey Allwood invited participants to bring an object through which they could tell their stories.


The GAP Arts Project is a charity in Birmingham that creates space and time for young people to make sense of the world through creative and cultural action. It has its roots in drama in education and theatre and has stage two large and successful productions since it started in 2009.