End of Year Report

Shifting Worldviews Through Cultural Strategy

This annual report covers highlights from the Center for Cultural Power’s most impactful work in 2021. Throughout the year, we mobilized BIPOC Artist Disruptors to accelerate a shift in worldviews and resourced $315,000 to over 200 artists of color to create compelling works that advance culture change through narratives of care, interdependence, equity, self-determination, and collaboration. We provided artists with training opportunities, workshops, and convenings; centering Latinx and Black artists in Oakland, California, the Midwest, and the Border Region.

We developed creative briefs around complex social issues and mobilized artists across the country to advance change through cultural strategy; reaching over 24 million people. Cultural Power also raised over $10 Million for the Constellations Culture Change Fund & Initiative to build the narrative strategy field and resource BIPOC artists, Culture Bearers, and cultural strategy organizations working at the intersection of social justice and culture. Moreover, our president and founder, Favianna Rodriguez, uplifted the impact of cultural strategy on platforms such as Forbes, Nonprofit Quarterly, Philanthropy News Digest, Philanthropy Women, Bloomberg, Grist, and Atmos; and joined show host W. Kamau Bell for the premiere of United Shades of American on CNN.

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Building the Collective Power of BIPOC Artists, Culture Bearers, and Movements across the Country

This annual report covers highlights from the Center for Cultural Power’s most impactful work in 2022. This past year we developed resources to address the climate and public health crisis, including Good Energy – A Playbook for Screenwriting in the Age of Climate Change in collaboration with The Good Energy Project, and artist-driven COVID-19 vaccination campaigns that reached millions of unvaccinated adults in California’s Central Valley.

We reached 23 million audiences through digital engagement, paid distribution, and influencer campaigns. And, during the midterm elections, we reached millions of young voters across key states through paid digital and public art commissioned by artists of color around core issue areas facing vulnerable communities.

We launched the Constellations Culture Change Fund and Initiative a $23 million three-year initiative to resource BIPOC Artist Disruptors, Culture Bearers, and cultural strategy organizations across the country. Moreover, in the third year of our Disruptors Fellowship, we continued to support transgender, non-binary, disabled, and undocumented emerging screenwriters in bringing their dynamic stories to Hollywood; with mentorship from creators and leaders in the entertainment industry.

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The Power Of Culture To Create A More Just & Equitable World

This annual report covers highlights from the Center for Cultural Power’s most impactful work in 2023. Across all three of our programs—Artist Leadership, Intersectional Storytelling and Field Building—we continued to build the power of Artist Disruptors and Culture Bearers to create inspiring stories that move audiences, rooted in the wisdom of their communities. 

This past year Constellations Culture Change Fund & Initiative regranted over $7M to BIPOC Artist Disruptors, Culture Bearers, and movement partners. We launched a fellowship that provided artists with a monthly salary and health benefits, and moved millions into the arts and culture sector through trainings, events, and awards. The Disruptors Fellowship financially supported trans, non-binary, disabled, and undocumented BIPOC Fellows during the writers’ strike and the Borders Futures project collaborated with artists to help pass legislation protecting undocumented youth.

We reached an audience of 18M through digital platforms and published 3 field-wide reports shared on national and international stages: Building Narratives of Joy: Experimenting with Transformational Narratives, The Border Futures Narrative Project, and the Gender Justice Report

Amplifying thought leadership at AfroTech, CareFest, Sundance, and NYC Climate Week, our thought leaders were featured in Vogue, Philanthropy News Digest, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Green Matters, GIA, Panorama Global, and Movement For Black Lives’ “The Tea”.

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