Enlist as a Citizen Artist

Join a corps of artists, organizers, educators, and other allies advancing equity, empathy, sustainability, and social justice through art and culture. Whether you're already performing this work or you're eager to begin, we invite you to join in the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as a Citizen Artist.

local organizing

We like to say that “the USDAC is not an outside agency coming in; it’s our inside agency coming out.” On the local level, we support communities in articulating their own cultural needs and envisaging their own futures, building a national vision and conversation rooted in grassroots cultural organizing. 

Get a few allies together and you multiply your capacity to learn, plan, engage others, and make real impact. We created the USDAC Outpost model to make that easy for you.

Field Offices are local networks committed to ongoing organizing based on USDAC values, acting on the ideas and partnerships that emerge from an Imagining. 

Currently in pilot mode, College Hubs support participating students, staff, and faculty in developing arts and social change initiatives on their own campuses and communities while building connective tissue and collective impact across sites. 

Following a 6-month training program, volunteer Cultural Agents host Imaginings—large-scale arts-infused civic dialogues in which a community envisions an ideal future and identifies creative tactics to get there. 


Nationally, we amplify impact through large-scale participatory actions and calls for creative response, building momentum for positive social change and democratic cultural policy. To date, more than 15,000 people have participated in 40+ states. Here are some of our initiatives.