Imagine an army of creatives—artists, organizers, educators, and others—working to advance equity, empathy, sustainability, and social justice through art and culture. This force is already here! We want to help bring it together and to expand its ranks. Whether you're already performing this work or you're eager to begin, we invite you to join in the building of the new people-powered US Department of Arts and Culture as a founding member of the Culture Corps.

The USDAC is recruiting 12 founding Cultural Agents—deeply creative individuals committed to social change—to begin to perform the USDAC at a local level.  Drawn from communities across the country, Cultural Agents will form a tight solidarity and learning network, go through a short online training course, and help co-create and host local "Imaginings"—vibrant, arts-infused gatherings in which a community envisions its ideal future and identifies creative ways to get there. While each Cultural Agent organizes in his/her own community, this first cohort will work together to help spark a larger national conversation around cultivating the empathy and imagination we need to create a future we wish to inhabit. 


Whether you're a dancer, a filmmaker, a mathematician, an educator, a musician, a lawyer, a cartoonist, a social worker, a magician, a student...the USDAC needs YOU! A much smaller commitment than being a Cultural Agent, anyone can sign up as a Citizen Artist. Join our mailing list, share your skills, and stay tuned for calls to creative action as well as volunteer opportunities with the people-powered department. Citizen Artists need not self-define as artists or be citizens in the legal sense of the word. Rather, we welcome anyone who believes that these times call for a deep investment in creativity and imagination and who are eager to apply theirs in the service of a more just and beautiful world.  


Working at both a local and national level, the Culture Corps will move art and culture from the margins to the center and spark a self-perpetuating movement dedicated to cultivating equity, empathy, and social change through creative arts and action.