Art is Essential to Democracy

We, The Federation, are committed in this new reality to showing the power of the arts in activism. Born out of a reaction to the travel bans, The Federation was formed to keep cultural borders open and fight against the defunding of the arts. We are a collective of artists, arts organizations, and allies committed to showing how art unites us.

Brought together by Laurie Anderson, Laura Michalchyshyn, and Tanya Selvaratnam, we believe in the need both to heighten our sense of our shared humanity, to work for equality and justice, and to communicate visions of what our world could be. We believe in engaging audiences to secure a more democratic future. The arts must serve as a catalyst to achieve these goals.

On January 20, 2018 we will use our platforms and our voices to represent that art is essential to democracy. We decided on that day because this past January 20, arts institutions were encouraged to close their doors in protest of the inauguration. Artists should never be silenced. On January 20, we want artists to be more loud and visible than ever. We’ve created this Art Action Day Toolkit for people everywhere to take the ball and run with it. Will you join us?