A NATIONAL CONVENING about Community Arts, Cultural Policy & Social Justice

Organized by
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis / Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute
And the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture


art at the heart of social justice and community

November 17 through 19, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri

#cultureshift2016  #shifthappens

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) are hosting a national convening in St. Louis of artists, activists, policymakers, and others harnessing creativity in building vibrant, equitable communities.

Anchored by RAC’s Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute (the longest-running sustained training program of its kind in the country) and connected nationally through the USDAC’s growing action network, CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 brings together some of the nation’s most creative thinkers and practitioners. As with all things USDAC, this gathering will take place in a spirit of serious play. As with all things CAT Institute, this gathering will be inclusive. 

Immediately following the presidential election, CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 is powerfully positioned to generate and amplify creative strategies for change, bringing art to the heart of social justice and community. Through a rich mix of hands-on workshops, performances, interactive art-making, and public talks and actions — tagged with POLICY ∙ PEOPLE ∙ PLAY  ∙ ART& — we will explore how artists and allies can organize for full cultural citizenship. CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 is a creative encounter designed to maximize imagination, serendipity, boldness, impact, and meaningful connection.

Tune in via the livestream (above) and join in the conversation on social media with the following hashtags:

#cultureshift16 and #shifthappens