As an artist-led innovator in cultural strategy, we increase the capacity of migrants and marginalized communities to tell new stories in new ways—through writing, music, theater, visual art, and other expressive channels. Because topics like migration can be both tragic and beautiful, our projects address the bitter truths head-on while amplifying narratives of strength, resilience, and innovation.

On July 4, 2016, CultureStrike, a national pro-migrant arts organization, is releasing a new round of illustrations based on letters and interviews from migrants caught in the for-profit detention system. This year we wanted to expand the project to other states, so letters were collected from detention centers in New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Washington, California and Texas by the advocacy groups End Family Detention,Families For Freedom, Familia Queer and Trans Liberation Movement, and Northwest Detention Center Resistance. The poignant illustrations, which were created by a diverse group of artists with a strong social justice art-making backround, explore the various identities and experiences detailed by migrants both inside and outside of the for-profit detention system.

Climate change continues to have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities around the globe, including migrants and communities of color -- people who are typically marginalized in our society. CultureStrike, in collaboration with Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, has forged partnerships between artists and frontline environmental justice organizations to create a provocative, limited-edition art print portfolio, called We are the Storm, that highlights the urgency of climate change on these communities.

CultureStrike, a national pro­migrant arts organization, is releasing illustrations based on letters written by detained women and children at the for­profit detention center in Karnes County, Texas, in collaboration with the advocacy groups ​Mariposas Sin Fronteras ​and End Family Detention​.​ These visual art interpretations created by a diverse line­up of 15 visual artists from across the U.S. will highlight the realities that migrants are experiencing inside of detention facilities, what led them to migrate away from their home countries, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

In collaboration with Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), CultureStrike has created an easy guide to help you with making stencils, banners and other art projects for your future events, marches and actions. At Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and CultureStrike, we start with culture because we root our work in the values and long histories of the communities we serve.

Our growing Ecological Justice project cultivates a network of diverse artists to tell new stories about who is affected by climate change and how we can all take action.

UndocuWriting creates an intentional and incubating space for undocumented writers to hone their crafts, connect with one another, and bring out a range of themes that speak to their experiences of migration.

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.

CultureStrike Magazine features the work of artists on the front lines of the immigrant rights movement through original reporting, criticism, fiction, poetry, and visual art.

CultureStrike has teamed up with OUR Walmart’s Black Friday Protests initiative to release graphics in solidarity with the courageous workers who are standing up to their employer.

Carving Through Borders emphasizes sharing skills and creating collaborative artistic work via oversize block prints that give life to migrants' diverse experiences.

UndocuNation festivals bring together musicians, writers, and other artists to promote humane immigration policy in ways that get audiences moving.

Drawing on a rich legacy of political posters and graphics, Migration Now features a series of handmade prints addressing a wide range of migrant issues—including the right to move freely—created in partnership with Justseeds.  We believe that art drives ideas home in a way that is unmatched by any other medium—movements soaked in art can bloom, grow more powerful, and establish deeper roots.  

Migration is Beautiful butterfly proposes a new way to think about migration, rooted in movement, transformation, and captivating grace. From art prints to street art, clothing, and interactive experiences, this viral imagery reaches audiences on emotional and visceral levels, replacing images of fear with visions of shared humanity.

CultureStrike began in 2011 when we organized a delegation of more than 50 artists and cultural workers to head to Arizona to take on their dangerous SB1070 law.

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