What if society valued art and looked to artists and creators as activists, educators, and leaders? These organizations support artists and the creative power that art has to move us emotionally; and they tie that creative output to strategic planning and activism that will bring about awareness and, ultimately, transformative change.

Bay Rising


Bay Rising (BR) is a growing alliance between community-led organizations across the Bay Area. Their vision is of a healthier, more equitable society centered on grassroots organizing and social…

Intelligent Mischief


Intelligent Mischief is a creative studio and design lab whose purpose is to unleash Black imagination to shape a future based on liberation, resilience, regeneration, and interdependence.

Positive Women’s Network – USA


Positive Women’s Network - USA (PWN-USA) is a national membership body of women living with HIV. It was founded in 2008 by 28 women leaders living with HIV, diverse in background and experiences —…

Oakland Rising


Oakland Rising was founded in 2006 by the executive directors from APEN, Ella Baker Center, E-BASE, and Urban Habitat. They envisioned an alliance of organizations that aligned with their civic…

Urban Peace Movement


Urban Peace Movement (UPM) transforms both the culture and conditions that lead to urban violence, focusing on building youth leadership for peace on Oakland's streets. In addition to movement…

reset Project


The reset project cultivates imagination and builds power toward inclusive and participatory governance that centers people and the natural world. Working with tribal, community, and state leaders,…