We’re a coalition for civic participation across art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, and government sectors. We believe art has the capacity to move people to action, deepen public discussions around civic agency, and serve as a vehicle to civic participation. Ignited by San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) and in partnership with trusted institutions and messengers—including our headquarters and Lead Partner Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—we’ve launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign to galvanize communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive their fair share of resources and representation. 

Although the movement is starting locally, the goal is to set off a national spark. Reach out and let us know how we can support your community.

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Here’s What We’re Doing about the 2020 Census

Public Media

Our arts-driven public media campaign is a creative call to action that speaks to, and motivates, all San Franciscans to claim what’s theirs. Harnessing the power of both internationally-renowned and as-yet-unknown and youth artists who represent a myriad of San Francisco’s communities and neighborhoods, the campaign connects people to the Census on a human level, as an urgent act that benefits each of us, our families, communities, and San Francisco as a whole. With a public presence on kiosks, transit shelters, billboards, and banners in different neighborhoods across the city—and presented in the four official languages of San Francisco: English, Chinese, Spanish, and Tagalog—the campaign offers information about the impact of the 2020 Census on all our lives for the next ten years. Our online open-source toolkit offers elements of the campaign to be downloaded for print or utilized on social media—to support regional and national communities to galvanize their neighborhoods to take action. 

City-Wide Arts

Throughout 2020, our city-wide arts takeover—produced in collaboration with Art+Action’s Coalition Partners—activates local and international artists across disciplines to remove the barriers to Census participation in their communities by making the intangible tangible and speaking directly to the hearts and minds of San Franciscans. Art+Action is providing these artists as many resources, and as much access and exposure as possible, so their work can be highly-visible and community-specific—while inviting all our communities to co-create with them.

Bring the Census
to the People

Our Bring-the-Census-to-the-People initiative is our most future-forward tactic in ensuring that everyone has online access to participate. 2020 will be the first year in census history when everyone will be asked to complete the form online. Through collaboration with Art+Action’s Coalition Partners, we will establish Census Hubs throughout our city—offering laptops, tablets, and wifi access (and where possible, staffed with multilingual volunteers), so that throughout San Francisco, we engage populations who are hardest to reach, and hard to count.

Open-to-All Physical +
Digital Headquarters

At our Headquarters at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and online at ComeToYourCensus.us, Art+Action invites local and national communities to learn, be inspired, contribute, act, convene, add their voice, promote, engage, volunteer, download a toolkit and yes, actually complete the 2020 Census. We’ll offer opportunities to participate in public programming, town halls, exhibitions, performances, and open calls for art so that both online and in person, our HQ is your HQ.

Our Lead Partners

Our Team

Art+Action is a small but mighty team comprised of Amy Kisch, Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact; Amy Schoening, Director of Campaign Messaging + Creative; Brittany Ficken, Executive Producer + Project Director; Robert Saywitz, Design Director; and Lindsay George, Project Associate + Website Project Manager. We’d be nowhere without the support of our Coalition Partners, Creative Collaborators, and community.

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