Organizations and funders who have made it possible for us to do the work we do.
Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. Blade of Grass supports the C4AA by generously funding our work on our forthcoming book on Artistic Activism.
Established in 1946, Compton Foundation fosters positive and sustainable models of change. We are a family foundation based in the U.S. and working with a global perspective. We ignite change. We support transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future.
Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution. By funding and hosting the College of Tactical Culture back in 2009, Eyebeam helped incubate the Center for Artistic Activism.
LUSH Charity Pot funding goes to small, grassroots groups that have limited resources and often struggle to find funding. They support groups both in North America and around the world working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. The OSF’s Power and Democracy Fund of North America supported the creation of the curriculum for and the pilot program of the School for Creative Activism, and continued to support the SCA for three years by funding workshops for grassroots activists across the United States. More recently, the Health Media Initiative, part of the Open Society Public Health Program, has funded SCA workshops with healthcare activists in places like Kenya and Macedonia.
The Pacific Foundation envisions a more fair society that can leverage the power of new and innovative technology, ideas and global communication to identify and seek solutions to long-standing problems facing the poor, vulnerable, and disenfranchised. The Pacific Foundation provided important intial design and research support for the C4AA’s forthcoming book on Artistic Activism.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnershipsbetween, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.
Like-minded organizations we work with and who inspire us.
Beautiful Trouble is a book, web toolbox and international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to make grassroots movements more creative and more effective.
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change. CSS offers social justice networks, alliances and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to change the story on the issues that matter most.
Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Their work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.
The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) is dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed here in the United States. DS4SI is creating a design studio for the progressive arm of the nonprofit sector in order to support the sector’s ability to create new forms of effective social intervention and the exploration of new ways to be interventionists.
Intelligent Mischief ensure that culture and innovation are made central in social justice strategies. I.M. is a Hack lab for civic engagement. We provide space for low-income communities to experiment with creative actions to improve their lively hoods with social design clinics.
Not An Alternative is a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. The group curates and produces interventions on immaterial and material space, leveraging the tools of architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations.
The Yes Lab is a series of brainstorms and trainings led by the Yes Men to help activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions, focused on their own campaign goals. It’s a way for social justice organizations to take advantage of all that the Yes Men have learned-not only about their own ways of doing things, but those they’ve come in contact with.