Citizen Artist Salon: La Cultura Cura! (Culture Cures!): Cultural Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

Citizen Artist Salon: La Cultura Cura! (Culture Cures!): Cultural Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement

Ever heard of #SalsaShutDowns to boycott companies with exploitative labor practices?

How about NewYorkTlan, an indigenous language and cultural festival that reunites families from both sides of the border?

Wondering how you can bring your creativity to the fight for immigrant rights?

Join the USDAC on February 22nd at 3pm PST/4pm MST/5pm CST/6pm EST for an online learning call featuring three experienced organizers bringing culture and creativity to the heart of immigrant rights organizing.

Poetic Address to the Nation
Mar
11
5:00 pm17:00

Poetic Address to the Nation

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

We the People deserve to be heard. The news has had its chance. The new president will have too many chances. And now it is our turn.

Since 2015, hundreds of communities across this nation have hosted People’s State of the Unionevents, coming together in homes, schools, houses of worship, and every sort of gathering space to share their own take on the state of our union. Inspired by these stories, a group of renowned poets compose sonnets, songs, and other poetic responses, performed and broadcast live. That performance is The Poetic Address to the Nation.

This year, on Saturday, March 11, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host The 2017 Poetic Address to the Nation, emceed by one of our country’s most provocative, original voices, Chinaka Hodge, together with musicians, poets, and others, and will address the Trump administration and our nation in the words of, and inspired by, our people.

Democracy is in our hands. And in our voices. And they will be heard on March 11, 2017, at 5PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

#PSOTU2017

Last Year's Poetic Address to the Nation in Philadelphia

Last Year's Poetic Address to the Nation in Philadelphia


2017 People's State of the Union
Jan
27
Feb 5

2017 People's State of the Union

The People’s State of the Union is an annual civic ritual and participatory arts project that  has two main parts: Story Circles across the nation, and a collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation. The USDAC offers toolkits and online trainings to support anyone hosting a Story Circle, bringing people together to share stories from their own experience. Stories are uploaded to an online story portal where they can be shared and browsed. Then—inspired by these stories—an invited group of poets collaboratively composes the Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live. This year, Story Circles will take place nationwide from January 27-February 5, 2017. The Poetic Address will be hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Learn more: www.usdac.us/psotu

CULTURE/SHIFT 2016
Nov
17
Nov 19

CULTURE/SHIFT 2016

Join us for our first national convening! The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) are hosting a national convening in St. Louis of artists, activists, policymakers, and others harnessing creativity in building vibrant, equitable communities. Visit www.cultureshift2016.org for more information and to register.

Launch of the USDAC SuperPAC!
Sep
6
Nov 10

Launch of the USDAC SuperPAC!

Join the USDAC's SuperPAC (Super Participatory Arts Coalition) as an Extra Super Delegate. Create a public intervention that disrupts narratives of hate and creates space for democratic dialogue, uplifiting love, equity, and connection.  More info here. 

Citizen Artist Salon
Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Citizen Artist Salon

Across this country, artists are rising to meet the moment, applying their gifts to calling out the evils of this racism and violence that flood the headlines and inundate too many lives. Please join us on Aug. 16 at 6 pm EDT/3 pm PDT for a Citizen Artist Salon—an online video call—where you can learn more about what’s happening; share processes, strategies, and techniques; and talk with others who share your desire to matter with their artwork. Moderated by USDAC Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal Yolanda Wisher and featuring special guests working on the frontlines of culture shift. Learn more and RSVP.