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“First Female President” says farewell

Margaret McCarthy, "the First Female President of the United States"


San Francisco, CA — President Margaret McCarthy bid farewell to a grateful nation today in a final address from the Oval Office, and promised a peaceful transition of power to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. President McCarthy is the 45th President of the United States, following the two terms of President Barack Obama.

In a public address viewable on YouTube, President McCarthy urged Americans to look back with pride on their collective accomplishments, noting the abolishment of I.C.E. and the establishment of the U.S. as a borderless nation, in keeping with her administration’s 100% Open Immigration policy, first announced two years ago at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This policy followed closely on the heels of the nationwide airport welcoming committees that spring up organically at airline terminals across the U.S. to give flowers and messages of welcome to those arriving to the United States. She also cited the country’s leadership in fighting climate change and the incredible progress made in reducing emissions. The President further pointed to domestic accomplishments, supported in part by urgent action from the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Appropriations for Awesome, particularly the historically high taxes on wealthy citizens, which supported the rollout of universal health care as well as free childcare, pre-K, and paid parental leave, in addition to enacting 100% forgiveness of student loan debt, and supporting public colleges and universities in making tuition free. President McCarthy is well known for her outreach to students, speaking at the gallery opening of Copy Culture at the University of San Francisco in 2017 and addressing a performance art class at Lake Forest College later that year. In her farewell address, she drew particular attention to the Constitutional amendment passed during her administration’s historic overhaul of our country’s governing document, enshrining the inalienable right to vote for all U.S. citizens. Voting rights have been an issue of particular import to President McCarthy, as highlighted during her 2018 residency in the Artists Television Access window gallery and in her speech at 100 Days Action’s Blue Wave / Red Tide event at California College for the Arts during that same midterm election.

However, as is to be expected from a President who spoke openly about failure in a public conversation with the Center for Artistic Activism, she also noted the struggles the country had faced, as well as the challenges that still lie ahead. While the nation has made steps to defund the police and dismantle the carceral system in the wake of the murder of George Floyd aand other Black Americans, the President mourned these losses as “our family members, our friends, our teachers, our elders and our neighbors,” and noted, “I leave office knowing there is still a great deal of work ahead.” President McCarthy also mourned the over 400,000 Americans who have lost their lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We will never recover from these losses,” she stated, “but we can honor their memory with our actions.” 

At President McCarthy’s inauguration at San Francisco City Hall four years ago, she addressed dozens of supporters from behind a podium borrowed from a local bookstore, using a sound system delivered by bicycle – a fitting forecast to the spirited, community-based politics she attempted to further and for which the Bay Area is justifiably famous. At the conclusion of the event, the President shook hands with all attendees, petted a small dog and kissed a baby. In celebration of her victory, women marched on Washington and across the world in unprecedented numbers. President McCarthy credits the subsequent wave of progressive action and energy for her administration’s ability to enact such a progressive agenda.

In conclusion, President McCarthy gave her best wishes to the new administration, and exhorted her fellow Americans not to let up their activism, saying, “As President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris assume office, they are going to need your continued action, your continued attention, your continued organizing, both to hold them accountable, and to ensure that the flower of our Democracy is able to bloom as never before. After all,” she continued, “while it has been an honor to serve as the First Female President, my Presidency has never been about me; it’s always been about our collective dream of a United States that is different and better. We still have a ways to go on that brave journey. But I know that together, we can create a better, brighter United States of America.”

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Call for Project Managers

The Center for Artistic Activism is looking for paid intern Project Managers for its Free the Vaccine campaign!

Season 3 of our COVID healthcare campaign, Free the Vaccine, will be starting in just a few weeks! Participant applications will be out soon.

But right now, we’re hiring Free the Vaccine Project Managers.

Project Managers will support participants in achieving the objectives of the campaign; assist in training participants in Creative Activism and Access to Medicines; and champion our diverse, vibrant community.

Apply here by Friday, January 22, at 11:59pm.

Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 is a global movement working to ensure that COVID-19 testing, treatments, and vaccines are safe, effective, and available to all for free. The movement works as an Advocacy Innovation Lab, bringing together hundreds of people from around the world to collaboratively devise, design, implement, and evaluate new forms of advocacy that can succeed in these challenging times.

Since March 2020, we have run two seasons of the campaign. We are preparing to launch our third season in February and we will be implementing several exciting changes, including: broadening our targets to include government entities and popular education in addition to universities, grouping participants by interest rather than geographic region, and increasing collaboration across groups.

Project Managers will be critical to building our Season 3 FTV community, running the campaign, and achieving our goals of COVID-19 healthcare for all.

Questions? Email [email protected].

EVENT: The Power of Pie

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with Peace Through Pie & Stir The Pot.

Learn about the Civil Rights history of pie, participate in interactive pie demos & be inspired by the words of MLK to activate your own action!

Join Chef Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet hosting:

Tanya Fields
Executive Director of the Black Feminist Project

Nancie McDermott
Author of Southern Pies and 9 other cookbooks

STIR THE POT – Stir the Pot brings people together to cook, cultivate community, and inspire activism through the act of preparing food. Stir the Pot is supported by the Center for Artistic Activism’s Unstoppable Voters project.

PEACE THROUGH PIE – A Grassroots Peace Movement Creating a Culture of Peace through convening around pie.


3:00 – 5:00 PM on ZOOM

Be part of the movement.

RSVP at Come share pie together as we co-create the new frontier of peace, one piece of pie at a time, and inspire activism through the life of MLK & invited speakers.

Nancie’s Pie Recipe

Facebook event – if you’re into that.

Rest in Peace Michael Young

Michael Young

This week we learned that United for a Fair Economy organizer and Center for Artistic Activism alumni and collaborator, Michael Young passed away.

Michael worked with the Center for Artistic Activism on several proposals to organize for economic and racial justice in the southern United States. He was absolutely committed to equity and justice and held all of us to high standards of effectiveness. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. He will be missed by those who worked with him, and we all suffer the loss of a dedicated organizer.


It is with deep sadness that we share that United for a Fair Economy has lost our dear friend and colleague, Michael Young, who passed away January 9, 2021 after a battle with cancer. He was 46 years old.

Michael has been part of the UFE team since 2012, when he began organizing UFE’s state-level Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative. In 2015, Michael moved with his wife Jennifer and two children from Boston back to his home state of North Carolina, where he has led UFE’s Inclusive Economies Project. A passionate and tireless organizer, his work in NC has focused on building the Raising Wages NC coalition to push for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and building a national network of living wage certification programs.

Words cannot express how much we will miss Michael’s vision, passion, wisdom, humor, camaraderie, and love of organizing. Our team is slowing down to grieve this loss and celebrate Michael’s impact and legacy. Join us in honoring Michael’s life and sending love and support to his family. We will share more about Michael in the days and weeks ahead.

Alumni “Valu” Obiajulu on BBC World

Ozegbe Sunday "Valu" Obiajulu on the BBC

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. In Lagos, Nigeria corruption brings crime to every level of a society and causes infrastructure to languish. Dance can be attention grabbing, visceral, and powerful way to communicate ideas and emotions when political and legislative avenues are fruitless. This is why BBC World talked to Center for Artistic Activism alumni, Ozegbe Sunday “Valu” Obiajulu about his public, political, dance performances. Watch:

“How do you bring government’s attention to the glight of your community? For Ozegbe Sunday Obiajulu, the answer is through dance. He lives in Oworonshoki one of the most deprived communities in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos. The area is known for high levels of crime and a chronic lack of infrastructure.

Oiajulu hopes is street performances can bring about change. Here’s his story…”

BBC World

Call for Interns

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The Center for Artistic Activism is accepting a Creative Activism Toolkit Intern who will assist with updating our training materials and sharing them with participants in West Africa and the Western Balkans through our Regional Creative Hubs program.

The Center for Artistic Activism offers this internship for curious, hardworking people eager to learn about the theory and practice of artistic activism, and excited to share those ideas effectively to fight corruption and increase democracy.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] before January 18th at noon ET.

Why consider this internship at the Center for Artistic Activism?

The Creative Activism Toolkit intern will:

  • gain experience in organizing and designing training materials
  • learn about artistic activism, our curriculum, anti-corruption advocacy, and cross-cultural knowledge focused on West Africa and the Balkans
  • develop skills in creating and adapting effective curricula
  • develop creative, digital presentation skills

We are building a toolkit of creative activism resources and training materials for our global network to use and adapt. Interns will review existing curricula and slideshows, organize material, facilitate translation with translation services and/or online translation, and prepare slideshows and other materials to be shared with Regional Creative Hubs participants and the public.

We are looking for individuals who can work independently. All work will be remote and online. Candidates should be organized and detail-oriented, fairly technically savvy and quick to adapt. Knowledge of French and experience with google slides are pluses.

The internship will ideally take place in January-March 2021, and be for university credit, but other arrangements could be made.

After the successful completion of the internship, the intern will benefit from the Center for Artistic Activism’s resources and networks to support their future ambitions in the field.

University credit is available through Dr. Stephen Duncombe at New York University.

Fighting Corruption Creatively

The Center for Artistic Activism is working with Open Society Foundations on Regional Creative Hubs: a multi-year project that is changing anti-corruption activism in some of the most impacted regions in the world.

We are working with over 50 artists, activists and investigative journalists in West Africa and Western Balkans to combat corruption using creativity.

Artistic Activism as a Tool to Fight Corruption

Corruption has a dramatic impact on citizens’ daily lives in both the Western Balkans and West Africa. In both regions, civil society actors often fail to generate narratives that the general public can relate to – presenting anti-corruption information via technical reports and financial analysis, while seeking to mobilize advocacy campaigns through petitions, letters-to-the-editor, demonstrations, and other traditional methods. Enormous resources are invested in raising citizens’ awareness about the plague of corruption, but public action is still very limited. Now, a small group of creative actors is exploring new strategies for catalyzing public engagement on corruption. These passionate advocates are testing whether they can motivate broader public action on corruption with the intentional use of symbols, signs, and stories that resonate deeply in their own contexts. 

How does it work? The Anti-Corruption Regional Creative Hubs project creates a platform for artists, activists, and journalists to receive training, build regional networks, and experiment with creative activism tactics to provoke interest and broad public action against corruption. We are training local artistic activism trainers in each of the regions so that creative action skills will be distributed and shared locally.

When and where is it happening? The project began in 2019, and is currently slated to continue into 2021.  It is happening in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Guinea, Macedonia, Senegal and Serbia.

Why do we think this will work? One of advantages of this methodology is that it is grounded in the unique political and cultural contexts where activists are seeking to generate both emotional affect and policy effect. Artistic activism is a practice aimed at generating AEffect: emotionally resonant experiences that lead to measurable shifts in power. Most importantly, it has potential to energize people and organizations and to stimulate a culture of creativity. 

Anti-corruption street action in Sarajevo, October 2019

Who are we working with?
We are partnering on this project with Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the Foundation Open Society Macedonia, Open Society Fund – Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Open Society Foundation – Serbia, and the Open Society Foundation for Albania, with support from other programs at Open Society Foundations. 

The Goals

The project was created to inspire more creativity and innovation in the fight against corruption and build a dynamic network of passionate and creative advocates.

To learn more about the Regional Creative Hubs project, contact us.

Artistic Activism Training Graduation, Goree Senegal, December 2019

Buck Expectations. Vote.

by Molly Gore

On January 4th, one day before Georgia will finish voting in the Senate runoff races, Black cowboys from the Atlanta Saddle Club Association mounted up and rode to the polls, encouraging voters to cast their ballot. The ride follows a larger movement of Black cowboys who rode their horses to the polls for the general election this past November in a display of hope and strength, calling communities of color to make their voices heard. 

Organizer Daryl Fletcher is one of hundreds of Black cowboys and cowgirls who are reclaiming the American image which has been misrepresented and is largely misunderstood as white. The term “cowboy” was a derogatory name for enslaved cattle handlers — two thirds of whom were Black and Mexican, while their white counterparts were known as “cattlemen.” The hard-fought right to vote, thrive, and build up Georgia’s $2.5 billion dollar horse industry is epitomized by this patriotic ride, reminding Georgians that Black Cowboys Matter.

“We’re not expected to be out there, but we have to be out there. We want to show up in big numbers, showing America that Black men care about our communities by voting.”

The ride began at the Georgia State Capitol building on 206 Washington Street at one o’clock and concluded at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd.

Black riders have been iconic in 2020, leading protests and poll-rides across the country over the course of the year. In Atlanta, Fletcher hopes to remind Georgians that Black Cowboys Matter, and that they’re passing their long-held legacy of patriotism, freedom and bravery to new generations of Americans.

Artistic Activism guide to the Georgia Run-off Election

Looking to help in the Georgia run-offs? This guide can help.

We asked our Unstoppable Voters grantee, Georgia artist Gabrielle Mertz, to draft a guide to the Georgia run-offs for people who want to help. You can read her guide here. We’ve highlighted excerpts below, with our extra special input on the creative activism part of the equation

I live in Georgia

Georgia-based creative people – this guide can provide information and action-based tools related to the upcoming GA Senate runoffs and voter turnout activity more generally. If you’re an artist, designer, creator, agency or just someone who wants to be involved in getting out the vote the Creative Action Election Guide can provide a starting point.

Why artists and creatives? Because we have enormous power. Our messages, visuals, stories and songs move people. You can use your superpowers of delight and surprise to make real change.

Elections and activism are moving targets! Gabrielle and the Center for Artistic Activism have tried to provide the most current info available. Gabrielle will endeavor to update her guide when possible. We encourage you to always double-check any items before using in case they have changed. We also welcome hearing any thoughts, feedback, and other input, so please feel free to contact us or tell us if you think we missed something. 

What is happening in our state?

As you probably are very aware, there are two upcoming runoff races in GA, with the outcome of control of the Senate pending. 

The candidates for the two races:

  • Republican Kelly Loeffler (Incumbent) & Democrat Raphael Warnock
  • Republican David Perdue (Incumbent) & Democrat Jon Ossoff

Key Dates

  • Dec 7 Deadline for registering to vote
  • Dec 14 Early Voting Begins
  • Dec 30/31 Early Voting Ends (depends on county)
  • Jan 5 Election Day

Key voting information

What’s happening now

Awareness about the runoffs is very high. Polls show that most voters in GA are very aware of the upcoming election, which is much higher than in previous runoffs. 

Mail-in voting and early voting are expected to be significant, similar to in the recent general election. 

There’s a lot of voting action already underway. As of Dec 18, 1.3 million Georgians have requested mail-in ballots. First days of early voting have also seen an increase compared to general election.

Both senate races appear to be at a statistical dead heat, and thus every single vote could have an impact on the outcome.


Many Counties, Many Different Rules. GA has a very large number of counties (159, more than any other state except for Texas), and voting rules can vary significantly depending on the specific county. 

For example:

  • Some counties are offering weekend voting locations, while others are not. Unlike in a general election, a weekend voting day isn’t required in the runoff.
  • There are different end dates for early voting depending on the county. For example, Fulton County (the largest county by population) ends early voting on Wed Dec 30. 

The early voting schedule and locations for the runoffs may present a challenge and possible confusion for voters, who might be expecting things to be similar to the recent general election.

Because of the holidays and other quirks in the schedule, there are fewer total days of early voting, and voting sites will be closed on two Fridays (for Christmas and New Year’s Day). There is also no voting the weekend before Election Day. 

There are also a number of early voting locations that were available during the general but are not available for the runoffs, and there are fewer locations in some counties. There are voting rights organizations that are  working to push back on this and restore some vital locations. 

Our state is rich in geographic diversity. There are major cities and urban areas, suburbs, rural areas, coastal beaches, mountains, and much more within the state. This diversity is reflected throughout the 159 counties and means that there are different environmental and practical challenges in reaching voters across GA. 

Unfortunately, our state  is facing health concerns amid rising COVID numbers, and some voters and poll workers may be naturally uncomfortable about the prospect of in-person voting. 

We have already seen lines at some early voting locations. Long lines and waits for in-person voting may continue to happen as it did in some locations during the general election.

Mail-in deadlines. It is recommended that voters not request a mail-in ballot after Dec 20 (because there may not be enough time for them to receive the ballot, fill it out, and return it in time) and that they then should focus on voting early. But any voters who have already requested a ballot should be encouraged to fill theirs out as soon as they receive it and then place it in a drop box. 


We can overcome these challenges! Here’s some suggestions on where to focus your efforts.

Encourage Turning in Mail-In Ballots: Given the likely high interest in mail-in voting, it will be important for voters to be encouraged to follow through with filling out and turning in their ballots. A fraction of those who request mail in ballots do not turn them in. There are many possible reasons for this. Some hopeful: people may have chosen instead to vote in person, for example. While others may have not completed the ballot and/or turned it in. They could benefit from a creative reminder or prompt. 

Long lines mean a captive audience: While we’d prefer no line at all, long lines do present an opportunity for creative actions and performances. Musicians, theater groups, and other performers can make that time spent feel a bit shorter. You may not even need to develop new content, as legal, physical boundaries prevent “campaigning” too closely to polling places anyway

We can amplify good messages: Developing effective messaging can feel like it’s own art form. Rather than get bogged down creating your own, there are a number of reputable organizations using research   and insights to correct and respond to the challenges above. You can build upon what’s working from organizations like New Georgia Project, Fair Fight, DNC Voter Protection Team, ACLU, and amplify their messages through your creativity.

How To Get Involved, Creatively

You likely know the signs, symbols, and spectacles that resonate in your local Georgia communities. 

For example, you could:

  • Help mitigate the impact of possible long lines during early voting by creating an action that entertains or celebrates voters staying in line, or provides water/food/umbrellas, or other useful support. A number of organizations will be involved with line warming, and so providing resources and items to support their efforts is also helpful. But don’t stop there, think about what you can uniquely contribute as an artist; experiences, an eye for aesthetics, or a sense of the poetic.
  • Share messaging or visuals that reflect the importance of turning in your ballot. 
  • Tell stories of what’s happening on the ground. Use your skills to highlight and elevate the work of a creative activist, voting organizer, or election worker that has not been featured in major media source. Create messages that encourage media coverage—and social media commentary—that is thoughtful and helpful and that represents an accurate, non-monolithic picture of GA.
  • De-mystify the election counting process. Help share the mechanics of how voting works and humanize the election workers who make sure the results are fair and accurate.
    Create and distribute beautiful, impactful, engaging videos, images, songs and other things that encourages people around the country to:

Support/donate to organizations working on voting issues:

Volunteer remotely to help reach out to voters in other parts of our state:

Phone banking help is specifically needed right now (including those with Spanish-speaking skills). Performers and those with improv backgrounds, we’re looking at you!

Things to think about

You want to get involved, help out, take action? That’s great! As you put together a plan, consider the following and examine how your effort can be most responsive to the context of this specific election environment: 

Set achievable objectives and find creative ways to reach them. The art of artistic activism is finding the balance between the practical and the poetic. Set real, specific, and measurable targets like increasing election day turn-out by 5% at one polling place, then find a new and exciting way to make that happen.

All culture is local and specific. What might motivate or activate voters in one neighborhood in Atlanta may not resonate the same way in Jesup. 

For example, language that some might consider funny or eye-catching (ie, saucy language) might be read and received differently depending on the specific audience. Use language that is appropriate and respectful, and which shows sensitivity for and awareness of the region or area. This is Georgia after all, so if you’re unsure, it’s probably best to err on the side of politeness.

In Georgia we are incredibly diverse and engage with a multitude of issues. Among the most significant issues that appear to be driving a large number of voters in this race are healthcare, the current health crisis/pandemic, and racial equality issues. 

Be surprising. Creative activism benefits from being unexpected. Put art in an unlikely place or activism in an unfamiliar form. By disrupting someone’s preconceived notions of art and protest you can change their predetermined ideas about the messages you are trying to communicate.

Speak truthfully and accurately – don’t bother repeating or amplifying negative and/or false information. Research has shown an attempt to refute a false story can have the unintended result of elevating and spreading incorrect information. We know it’s hard; you see a false or negative story and you want to respond. But the best way to combat it is to instead focus on providing positive, accurate info.

Use Popular Culture. A celebrity parody or pop culture meme can grab attention. But the importance of popular culture in artistic activism goes deeper. Effective advocacy must connect to the culture it exists in. If you want to appeal to people’s emotions, values, and desires, find out what their cultural points of reference are. Whether it’s sports, food, or a local advertising jingle, learn from it and use it.

Focus on positive messages that affirm the importance of voting, celebrate those who do,  and provide voters with useful info. 

Fame over shame. It’s common for activists to “name and shame” – to call out someone in power and explain why they’re wrong. Sometimes that’s necessary, but too often it simply shuts down the conversation. Instead of focusing on the negative, get positive! Show someone how they’ll be celebrated for doing what’s right. Help your audience see that you’re holding them to a high standard because you know they can meet that high standard. Shift the norm and build allies by making an example out of the people who are doing good work.

Highlight how community members are voting, tracking their ballots, and other election activity. Showing how election processes are working and voters are participating in the process helps normalize and encourage others to join in the activity. Studies have shown that this can be an effective tool in helping to increase participation in civic activities.  

Check your sources and make sure that you are always utilizing updated info from reputable, verified sources and organizations that work on voting issues. Info can also sometimes change quickly, so double-check before sharing anything.

Be passionate, not judgmental. Welcome and encourage people to vote in this election. Avoid shaming people for not having voted in the past or for the possibility that they might not vote. We want to motivate voters, so focus on providing clear, accurate info on voting and on the value of voting. For example, sharing a story about why and how you voted and how meaningful the experience was to you might resonate with someone and move them to act. Whereas reprimanding someone for having missed voting in a previous election is off-putting and tends to make them defensive.

Know thy region. Issues (and actions) don’t exist in a vacuum. Understand the larger ecosystem of issues that affect a region/community. This is a complex process that is not easily addressed in a pithy paragraph, but it’s a reminder to be thoughtful about how your action sits within a particular context. 

We are diverse and complex. Watch out for stereotypes and assumptions, including inadvertent and deeply-rooted ones that you may not be fully aware of (the road being paved with good intentions…) This is especially pertinent in Georgia and the South more broadly. Stereotypes abound, and many have been reinforced over the years by media and entertainment depictions. This should be obvious but it’s worth stating: we Georgians are not monolithic. We include a hugely diverse set of people with widely varying opinions, backgrounds, and interests, with a significant percentage (34%) of us born outside of GA. 

Speak with nuance. Don’t use regional colloquialisms and references unless you have deep experience and understanding of the terms and their unique usage in the context of that specific region/neighborhood/state. Don’t “y’all” it. 

Work in solidarity! Support your colleagues in the GA creative community. Despite the creative powerhouse that is GA, the cultural community in the state still can struggle in a number of ways. We artists, arts workers, and cultural organizations face major financial challenges, limited or nonexistent public funding for the arts, access to healthcare and other benefits, and many other issues. Consider how your action can support our vital community, and how your efforts could include elevating the work and messages of other GA creatives.

Ask how you can help an organization that is already working in our state. Remember to be patient if they are unable to find a perfect opportunity or match for your help, with the understanding that many of these organizations have been inundated with volunteer requests.

I don’t live in Georgia

If you’re outside Georgia, here are the top things you can do to help:

  1. Support friends and colleagues in Georgia. If you know people working on election issues in Georgia, offer to chip in. Whether it’s research, brainstorming ideas, helping produce their work, or distributing it, let them know you’re willing to join their team and support from afar.
  2. Create compelling media that directs people to support the Georgia based organizations listed below. 
  3. Volunteer remotely to help reach out to voters in GA:
    1. Phone banking help is specifically needed right now (including those with Spanish-speaking skills). Performers and those with improv backgrounds, we’re looking at you. 
  4. Share great work on social media. Highlight and elevate the work of a creative activist or voting organizer or organization. Be careful to only share accurate information.
  5. And if you can’t do any of the above, please: throw money at the problem! 🙂 Support/donate to organizations working on voting issues:
    1. New Georgia Project
    2. Fair Fight
    3. ACLU of Georgia
    4. Black Georgia Vote
    5. America Votes

Why is this list so short? I want to do more!

You want to do more – we understand. However, the list above is short because there are limited ways that people outside Georgia can help right now. 

Do take to heart that doing the things above IS immensely helpful. 

So as you move forward below is more information about some of the challenges and opportunities. We hope they can inspire effective artistic actions!

Want to know more?

Gabrielle Mertz has outlined the complicated nature of the Georgia election in her guide.

The Future is Georgia with Gabrielle Mertz

Gabrielle Mertz from Drawing out the Vote is hosting this conversation with PS122

The Future is Georgia

How The Cultural Community Is Changing Voting & Elections

Monday, December 21st
6:00 PM EST (online event)

A discussion with Gabrielle Mertz about the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, the creative community’s engagement on voter turnout, and implications for the future of the election landscape. Mertz is the Director of Drawing Out The Vote, the voter education and mobilization campaign focused on Georgia and the creative sector. The outreach campaign reached more than 40,000 voters in the state during the general election and is continuing in support of the upcoming Senate runoffs. The project is in partnership with the Open Society Foundation and Center for Artistic Activism, with additional support from the ACLU, Power The Polls, and other organizations.A discussion with Gabrielle Mertz about the upcoming Senate runoffs in Georgia, the creative community’s engagement on voter turnout, and implications for the future of the election landscape. Mertz is the Director of Drawing Out The Vote, the voter education and mobilization campaign focused on Georgia and the creative sector. The outreach campaign reached more than 40,000 voters in the state during the general election and is continuing in support of the upcoming Senate runoffs. The project is in partnership with the Open Society Foundation and Center for Artistic Activism, with additional support from Power The Polls, and other organizations.

Gabrielle Mertz is an artist and public policy advisor who has worked across Georgia and nationally on cultural policy, nonprofit sector impact, and voting issues. She serves as an advisor and on the Leadership Council for Fair Fight and Stacey Abrams, as well as having worked with former President Carter and The Carter Center, The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Obama for America, among others. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, including at the New Museum, The Cultural Olympiad, American Dance Festival, and Cultural Center of Krakow, among many others.