TRAINING | training
We use multicultural organizing through the arts to advance social change.
We bring people and resources together across their differences to build trust and solve problems. We draw on spiritual practices, cultural traditions, and artistic expression to empower people to speak and live from their own power.
We train artists to make social impact...
Artists want to make a difference, but we don't always know how.
Our Cohort training program equips artists of diverse backgrounds and mediums with the tools and support they need to work on the front lines of grassroots justice campaigns. It also prepares them to train others, so that they can share these skills with a wider audience and earn money to sustain themselves in the process.
Applications open in November
for the next 5-month cohort
We train communities, organizations, and movements to strategically use the arts to amplify their impact.
Why training matters.
Every social movement in American history has relied on the power of the arts to affect social change.
Today, organizers face an increasingly fragmented political landscape, oversaturated media landscape, and parched funding landscape — at a time when the need for their advocacy and justice work is particularly acute.
What we do.
That's why we train communities, organizations, and movements to strategically use the arts to amplify their impact — through advocacy, activism, and organizing.
Our goal is to build capacity, not clients. We measure our success by the number of trained groups that no longer need our assistance to move their work forward.
Our Current Offerings:
Bootcamp: Art for Activism (Half-day: 4 hours)
This workshop teaches participants about the history of arts-based advocacy; introduces core concepts and frameworks; and then equips participants with best practices and new techniques through a collaborative artmaking project.
Bootcamp: Art for Activism and Organizing (Full-day: 6 hours)
This workshop teaches participants about the history of arts-based advocacy and cultural organizing; introduces core concepts, frameworks, and best practices; and then guides participants through the multi-step process of designing an arts-based strategy through a collaborative artmaking project.
Custom (Half-day, Full-day, or Series)
In addition to our Bootcamps listed above, we frequently design workshops to meet the specific training needs of our partners. Recent examples include: teaching youth skills in social advocacy through bookbinding; teaching direct service providers skills in ethical storytelling; etc.