Each year on Tax Day—this year, July 15—you give the U.S. government your money. Once every 10 years, citizens and non-citizens alike have the opportunity to take that money back for your community! When you complete your 2020 Census, you direct $20,000 ($2,000 a year for the next ten years) of federal funding to your community.
Harness‘ America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama join forces with Stacey Abrams, Kerry Washington, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Meryl Streep, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake, Tan France, and other artists and activists to explain why you need to be counted.
Here, which Miguel Arzabe created for Art+Action’s COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign, is an homage to the cultures of resistance to oppression that continue to exist in the Bay Area. A nineteenth-century colonial engraving of a California Native American is recontextualized and reclaimed by weaving in the 1960’s raised fist symbol for black power and self determination.
Pride month is here, and while we’re all celebrating differently this year, let’s make the 2020 Census our chance to be seen and to be counted. In 2020, the Census has taken some steps forward when it comes to LGBTQIA+ people being counted: for the first time in history, same-sex relationships can be identified in one question. Even though gender that isn’t binary cannot yet be recorded, YOU decide how you want to answer the gender question—regardless of what is on your birth certificate. Progress, not perfection. It’s still vital to participate, because there is so much at stake for our communities.
Artist Emory Douglas’ Father’s Love speaks to love and Black joy at a moment when we all need to be reminded what matters most. This Father’s Day, we encourage you to spend quality time with your loved ones, and make sure your family counts. They’re depending on you. Fill out your Census, and tell everyone you know. Come to your Census.
48 Hills: “See Black Women Emphasizes ‘Who Gets Counted,’ in Census and Beyond”
May 25, 2020
Coalition partners YBCA and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) collaborated with arts organizer and curator Ashara Ekundayo to present a two-part conversation called See Black Women. Part of Art+Action’s Come To Your Campaign campaign, the conversation calls attention to Black women’s often overlooked contributions to the arts, and who “counts” in society.
KALW 91.7 FM: “Black Female Artists Call for Their Community to be Counted in the Census”
May 20, 2020
Arts organizer Ashara Ekundayo talks about her two-part series See Black Women, hosted in collaboration with coalition partners YBCA and Museum of the African Diaspora, in which she speaks with Black female artists about being counted in the Census and the greater society.
Art+Action Featured Artist and children’s book author Innosanto Nagara reads his illustrated book Counting on Community to encourage us all to count ourselves in the 2020 Census to help support our communities.
Museum exhibits at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and New York’s Museum of the City of New York showcase work inspired by the decennial counts of the U.S. Census Bureau. Like the census itself, the shows are going online.
In collaboration with San Francisco’s Public Library, Art+Action commissioned artist Anna Sergeeva to create a series of YOU MATTER images from the community generated “Shades of San Francisco” photography archive.
In solidarity with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Youth Vote (BYV!) #CountMeBlack Youth Census Week, Art+Action shared Lava Thomas’ Come to Your Census, Students posters.
Hyperallergic: “Why the 2020 US Census Matters for the Arts”
April 16, 2020
Many months ago, before the coronavirus pandemic changed our lives and took hold of our collective psyche, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) was approached by independent curator and activist Amy Kisch. She had been commissioned by San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) to develop an arts-driven campaign around the 2020 US Census—a once-a-decade population count that plays a fundamental role in our democracy.
In solidarity with National Latino Census Week of Action, led by NALEO Educational Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Voto Latino, Art+Action shared For Freedoms’, Freedom From Want,Come to Your Census posters in Spanish, Chinese, English, and Tagalog.
A conversation with community organizer Manny Yekutial and Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts—Art+Action’s HQ + Lead Partner—about the role of art in a time of crisis, highlighting the cross-sector Art+Action Coalition, its Come to Your Census campaign, and its Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact Amy Kisch.
Deborah Cullinan, CEO of YBCA—Art+Action’s HQ + Lead Partner—shares the story behind the partnership with Art+Action’s Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact Amy Kisch, the creation of the Come to Your Census campaign, powered by San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), and how the role of artists and creative thinkers is needed now more an ever.
Smithsonian Magazine: “This Art Campaign Wants You to Participate in the 2020 Census”
April 2, 2020
Art+Action has responded to COVID-19 by shifting from public events to social media and online outreach—and continuing to offer their open-sourced multi-lingual arts-driven Census toolkit—to advocate for the health and strength of our communities for the next decade.
Hyperallergic: “Come to Your Census: The 2020 Census is an Essential Service”
April 1, 2020
Participating in the 2020 Census helps to secure the long-term health and strength of our communities. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that completing the Census is more vital now than ever.
Hyperallergic: YBCA Presents “Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America”
April 1, 2020
Learn more about YBCA’s digital art and civic engagement experience as part of an arts-driven citywide campaign led by the Art+Action coalition, commissioned by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA).
Announcing Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation across art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched an arts-driven campaign to mobilize participation in the 2020 U.S. Census—a 9-question, 10 minute survey, that determines how federal funding and political representation are distributed over the next 10 years.