CultureStrike addresses the question of "why art matters" through field trials, research, workshops, and thought leadership that demonstrate the power of cultural work in creating sustainable social change.
Simply put, cultural strategy is a new field. While artists have always been leaders in creating change, their contributions are often seen as peripheral, their work is made with limited resources or infrastructure, and their impact has not been studied in any substantive way. CultureStrike aims to change that by connecting artists and movement groups as well as evaluating and documenting case studies of vital and viral work that has changed hearts and minds. We believe that with evidence and tools, artists, organizations, and funders are inspired to move beyond perceiving art as a nicety and culture as the softer side of political organizing, to invest more robustly in artistic values of imagination, experimentation, and innovation.
Similarly, our workshops provide movement allies with hands-on training on how to integrate underrepresented artists and cultural strategy into their everyday organizing, challenging them to think beyond transactional or message-based models. Using the Making Waves guide as a curriculum (produced by TGC), our cultural strategy workshops offer movement groups an opportunity to work directly with artists and invite their member bases to participate in the art-making process, fueling an environment of story-sharing while also training organizations in how to work well with artists. The workshop approach allows CultureStrike to efficiently bring our cultural strategy expertise to the largest possible number of individuals, seeding and informing far more projects than we ever could as individual artists
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We center the power of art - it is not a nicety, but a necessity in changing our cultural landscape, and a prerequisite for political change. We do this through developing tools for underrepresented artists to work in a more integrated manner with advocates and movement groups. As most advocacy groups do not work in the space of the imagination, we have to work to build deep relationships and trial cultural strategy to convince partners of the value of art in their organizing.