TRAINING | training
Art for Social Impact
Our rigorous 15-week training program equips you with skills and tools for arts-based activism and organizing.
The Classic! - For artists of all backgrounds.
Brand new! - Exclusively for Muslim artists.
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 in arts activism 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.
Voice Empowerment (Half-day or Full-day)
Our voices are one of the most powerful, yet intimate, tools that we have to communicate our authentic selves with the world. This workshop combines singing, movement, creative expression, improvisation, and honoring the sacred within us to tap into our truest essence as leaders and change makers.
Music and Healing (Half-day or Full-day)
Self-care is an important part of nurturing creativity and the human spirit. This is especially true for those who work in the areas of the arts, social justice, and spirituality -- areas that require us to give so much of ourselves. This workshop will allow time and space to address parts of ourselves that are often neglected because of lack of time and energy. We will identify tools to establish or enhance a self-care practice. In addition, there will be a group healing session that will incorporate the human voice, relaxation techniques, guided imagery and music, and sound/energy work.
Screenprinting for Justice (Half-day or Full-day)
This workshop introduces the medium of screenprinting to explore effective messaging in promoting social change. Participants discover their own motivations for civic engagement, learn about the power of language in strategic messaging, and then screenprint and design their own artwork to take home with them at the end.
Custom (Half-day, Full-day, or Series)
In addition to the workshops 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.
We use multicultural organizing to make social impact.
Multicultural Organizing grows the wellness of a people. It is the strategic use of art, culture, and spirit from intentionally different contexts to build power, shift policy, and advance social change, particularly in marginalized communities.