We, the people, do hereby create

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture*

 Inciting creativity in the service of empathy, equity, and social imagination.

    people's state    of the union

Once a year, the President delivers the his address - a broadcast from one to many. But what if we could all speak and listen to each other? The People's State of the Union is an invitation to do just that. Through "story circles" nationwide this January, more than 150 communities came together to tell their own stories about the current state of our union. Visit the PSOTU site to read stories & watch the Poetic Address to the Nation! 



This June, a second cohort of Cultural Agents will bring their local communities together to envision what their neighborhoods (and the world) might look like in 2034, when art's transformative power has been fully integrated into all aspects of public life. These arts-infused Imaginings will invite 17 new communities to take part in visioning and enacting a more vibrant and just world. Find out who is Imagining near you!

A People-Powered Department

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is not a federally recognized agency, but an act of collective imagination fueled by all who believe that art and culture are among our most powerful and under-tapped resources for creating a more just, equitable, and vibrant world. Learn more about the USDAC and read our Statement of Values

*The USDAC is not a government agency.