Learning and Research
The USDAC is also a learning laboratory for cultural democracy. Everything we do is action-research into how to activate creative citizen engagement in the service of social and environmental justice. We invite others to learn with us.
Research Projects and Resources
We collaborate with public and private entities to research, design, implement, and disseminate projects that enact our aims and values. We seek opportunities to share our creative cultural development expertise, deep knowledge of civic engagement, and transformative storytelling with partners in experimentation.
An Act of Collective Imagination: The USDAC’s First Two Years of Action Research is the first publication to summarize the USDAC’s work to date, along with the lessons we’ve learned about translating community members’ visions into powerful ideas and action.
"HI-LI" stands for High-Impact Low-Infrastructure. Explore our catalogue of HI-LI models for building creative community. Every project listed is participatory, replicable, and volunteer-friendly.
Citizen Artist Salons
Hosted in partnership with 400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future, this salon explored place-based creative strategies for truth-telling and collective healing.
In this Citizen Artist Salon, we’ll get ready for the Global Climate Action Summit by hearing from leaders of three projects centering art to build power and confront the climate crisis—and we’ll discuss ways that we can all step up our creative action.
Art & Well-Being Citizen Artist Salon takes place on Wednesday, July 25 at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT. Join John Govea, Marina Tsaplina, Veena Vasista, and Arlene Goldbard to talk about what you can do to build a culture of health.
The USDAC launched #HonorNativeLand, a campaign and call to action to spread the practice of acknowledging the original Native inhabitants of the land at the opening of all public gatherings. In this Salon, we’ll be joined by culture-bearers, leaders, and activists to discuss the practice of acknowledgment, how it fits into a larger framework of truth, decolonization, and reconciliation, and how to move beyond beyond acknowledgment in our organizations and communities.
If you’re engaged in artistic response to build caring, protest, or resilience in the midst or wake of crisis, if you work with a funder or emergency management agency, or if you’re considering getting involved and want to know more, this video is for you.
Learn how to adopt a Policy on Belonging and spread the #RightToBelong far and wide.
April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, groundbreaking speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Take part in this online learning call featuring three dynamic presenters talking about using our creative gifts to inspire and engage on April 4th and every day:
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?
In this session, you’ll hear from several USDAC organizers across the country who've hosted story circle events for different groups and audiences.
Join this Citizen Artist Salon to learn all about the USDAC Super PAC and how you can step up to create a Super Public Act of Compassion or Super Participatory Act of Culture.