The Center for Cultural Power

For The Arts In A Changing America: ArtChangeUS Project

  • Amount
    $90,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/11/2016
  • Term
    48 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
ArtChangeUS, a fiscally sponsored project of CEL Education Fund, is a five-year initiative that stimulates the arts sector to examine and respond to the dramatic demographic changes occurring in the United States. It does this by hosting high-profile conferences; producing performances, workshops, and educational events for the arts and other sectors; and publishing essays, interviews, and a quarterly journal. In its first year, ArtChangeUS has reached more than 2,000 people, including a conference in San Francisco. This first-time grant will support the project’s activities that advance conversations and practices about cultural and aesthetic changes, and ensure the arts play an ongoing and vital role as the demographics of the United States continue to change.
About the Grantee
Address
1330 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Center for Cultural Power supports artists who seek to engage in social movements as powerful agents for cultural change. The organization’s strategies include Artistic Leadership, Intersectional Storytelling, and Field Building. These strategic pathways center the artists’ role in society, their creative experience and their work, while positioning them to shift narratives including on climate change. The Center for Cultural Power is a shared grantee of Hewlett’s Environment and Performing Arts programs. (Substrategy: U.S. Climate Policy)
for support of the Rootstrikers project  
This grant would support mobilization of citizens in New Hampshire around the issue of campaign finance reform. New Hampshire remains the location of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and as such offers a high-profile, highly leveraged venue to help inform the agenda for the presidential race. The goal of this work would be to elevate campaign finance reform as a key issue in the next presidential election by getting each presidential candidate stumping in New Hampshire to answer one key question: "How are you going to end the corruption in Washington?". Through organization of an annual "political reform" walk in each of the three years leading up to the primaries, coordination of citizen engagement and introduction of relevant resolutions in Town Meeting Meetings, and cultivation of an online community, this grant is intended to help educate the public and motivate demand for campaign finance reform.
for support of Presente's Environmental Justice Program  
Presente.org, the largest online Latino advocacy organization in the nation, will use cutting-edge online, social media, and new media tools and techniques to activate Latino support for clean energy and climate action in California and other southwestern states. Presente's work mobilizing grassroots Latinos to communicate with decision makers in support of renewable energy and climate policies is essential to maintaining and strengthening these programs.

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