ARTivism Links & Resources

Blending art & activism.


Here are some of our favorite ARTivism links and resources:

Fine ARTivists:

Hip-Hop ARTivisits:

Theatre ARTivists:

  • The People’s Theatre Project, New York, NY
    People’s Theatre Project facilitates the development of community actors – everyday people who become expressive, critically and creatively thinking team members with a deep understanding of how the arts can change the world.
  • Bread and Puppet, Glover, Vermont
    The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood.
  • Mime Troupe, San Francisco, CA
    The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience.
  • Cornerstone Theater, Los Angeles, CA
    A multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company in Los Angeles, who commission and produce new plays locally and nationwide.
  • Belarus Free Theatre, UK & US
    Forced to flee from persecution in Belarus in 2011 the company received political asylum in the UK an created a new part of the company in London, while continuing their work with the permanent ensemble who are still performing underground in Minsk.
  • BaseRoots Theatre Company, Portland, OR
    BaseRoots Theatre Company uses the African America experience to create theatre that enriches, excites and galvanizes the greater community as a whole.
  • Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, MI
    Matrix Theatre Company uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice.
  • Her Story Theater, Chicago, IL
    Produces work to raise public awareness; as a call to action for social change for women and children in need of community support and social justice; and as a tool to teach, to bridge gaps, to create understanding, to harness empathy.

ARTivist Publications:

  • AdBusters
    Vancouver based anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters. Famous for their spoof ads.
  • Artivist E Magazine
    Artivist’s basic principle is to contribute to local development through research, dissemination of information and promotion of initiatives that aim to benefit the people, the environment and our culture.

ARTivist Resources:

  • Urban Artivism Urban Artivism explores the connection between art and activism and how creativity can be used as a tool to inspire awareness and social change.
  • Artists Activists is a youth empowerment and advocacy organization started in 2011 by graduate students at Yale University.
  • Actipedia  is an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. It’s a place to share, read about, and comment upon experiences and examples of how activists and artists are using creative tactics and strategies to challenge power and offer visions of a better society.
  • The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture.
  • Artivism Community on Facebook When one pushes for change, socially, politically, or environmentally, by utilizing their creative ability to communicate in ways of their artistic activity that shall be known as Artivism.
  • The Center for Artistic Activism is a place to explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice.
  • Following Ferguson: Teaching the Crisis in the Classroom
  • Robin Coste Lewis and Claudia Rankine: The Poet as Citizen Two powerful poets read from their work and discuss how poetry can become an active tool for rethinking race in America.

Films about ARTivism:

  • Exit Through the Gift shop
    A film by street artist Banksy that tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. The film charts Guetta’s constant documenting of his every waking moment on film, from a chance encounter with his cousin, the artist Invader, to his introduction to a host of street artists with a focus on Shepard Fairey and Banksy, whose anonymity is preserved by obscuring his face and altering his voice, to Guetta’s eventual fame as a street artist himself.
  • Waste Land
    Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.
  • Queer Artivism
    Queer Artivism offers an insight into five different queer film festivals through video footage and interviews with the organizers.