U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

2019 – Present

Founded in 2013 by Adam Horowitz and helped by a lot of co-conspirators along the way, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a speculative reimagining of a federal department dedicated to creative grassroots organizing and radical imagination. It has grown to a network of 26,000 artists, cultural workers, educators, and organizers using arts and culture for social change.

I joined the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture in 2019 to coordinate Artists Unite For A Green New Deal, an online conference call and political education series aimed at organizing artists in the service of climate justice-related policy proposals. My collaborator Rachel Schragis and I then converted the content of the online calls to an online toolkit. The full series and toolkit can be found here.

I continue to work with U.S. Department of Arts and Culture on ways in which arts, culture, and radical imagination intersect some of the most pressing social issues of the moment, including organizing People’s State of the Union in collaboration with groups such as the Poor People’s Campaign, The Theatre Offensive, and MASS Creative, and proposing a vision for a federally funded artist jobs program through A People’s WPA.