The Culture Group is a collaboration of social change experts and creative producers who believe that cultural change is essential to social change. Functioning as a pop-up think tank, The Culture Group joined together from 2010-2013 to advance progressive change through expansive, strategic, and values-driven cultural organizing. The Culture Group facilitates the coordination of cultural producers and artists, progressive organizers, and thought leaders in cultural campaigns; conducts research and evaluation; and promotes the value of cultural strategies in making change.
The Culture Group is a project of Air Traffic Control, and was founded by Jeff Chang, Ian Inaba, Alexis McGill Johnson, Brian Komar, Liz Manne, Erin Potts, Favianna Rodriguez, Yosi Sergant, John Finney from Alien CPA and Jessy Tolkan.
The Culture Group’s projects and collaborations include the educational handbook Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy; Culture Matters, a report on cultural impact and evaluation; Culture Before Politics, an article in The American Prospect about cultural strategy; the Artists’ Statement on Immigration Reform and Migration is Beautiful campaign; a get out the vote initiative called #GoVote that collected and distributed over 200 creative images with the hashtag #GoVote; and Art is my Occupation, which direct support to artists and cultural workers dedicated to advancing the 99%.
Air Traffic Control
The Culture Group’s fiscal sponsor, provides strategy and support to musicians, comedians, and other cultural leaders so that they can play an effective and vital role in the promotion of social justice.
American Values Institute
is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying new methods of reducing implicit bias and racial anxiety in our society, thereby helping to shift the larger cultural conversation around race.
Citizen Engagement Lab
uses digital media and technology to amplify the voices of underrepresented constituencies, particularly people of color and youth.
aims to cultivate innovative and urgent collaborations between artists, writers, musicians, and other cultural workers and organizers to build public support for migrant rights and migrant justice.
is a pro-social marketing and public relations shop that engages leaders of the creative community to raise awareness and build momentum for organizations tackling our world’s most pressing challenges.
The Culture Group believes there is no change without cultural change. We believe collaborative action between the cultural, thought, policy, and organizing communities are core to achieving widespread change and that culture and the arts are critical to understanding, reflecting, and shifting public sentiment. Our goal is to become an effective agent of change by filling gaps in the still nascent field of cultural advocacy while creating momentum by strengthening the field’s infrastructure, expanding the progressive creative community network, and sharing our best practices to increase funding streams.