Join Art+Action's Arts-Driven 2020 Census Movement  

The Art+Action Coalition Unveils Arts-Driven Campaign
to Mobilize S.F.—and the U.S.—Around the 2020 Census 


Art+Action—San Francisco's first coalition for civic participation across art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched an arts-driven campaign to mobilize participation in the 2020 U.S. Census—a 9-question, 10 minute survey, that determines how federal funding and political representation are distributed over the next 10 years.  

Kicking off the COME TO YOUR CENSUS initiative is a public media campaign—presented in the four official languages of San Francisco: English, Chinese, Spanish, and Tagalog—which has been unveiled on 38 kiosks in downtown San Francisco's Market Street corridor. Ten artists—Marcela Pardo Ariza, Miguel Arzabe, Emory Douglas, Andrew Li, Hung Liu, George McCalman, Masako Miki, Joel Daniel Philips, Clare Rojas, and Stephanie Syjuco—representing a myriad of San Francisco’s communities and neighborhoods, are featured in the first edition of the campaign, whose call to action is COME TO YOUR CENSUS, S.F.. Read more about the outdoor media campaign here.


Hung Liu, Sisterhood, Image courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery; Masako Miki, Conversations with Plates, Courtesy CULT Aimee Friburg Exhibitions. Installation photography by Thomas Sparks. 



From January through July 2020, Art+Action's city-wide arts programming—held in collaboration with community-based organizations and Art+Action's Coalition Partners—calls on artists across disciplines to remove the barriers to Census participation in their communities by making the intangible tangible and speaking directly to the hearts and minds of San Franciscans. Come join the action!

SF Counts 2020 Census Launch Event 
with Mayor London Breed + Speaker Nancy Pelosi

at San Francisco City Hall
Mayor London Breed invites you to attend SF Counts San Francisco’s 2020 Census launch and celebration with special guest speaker Nancy Pelosi. A free, family-friendly, open-to-the-public event hosted by Art+Action Coalition Lead Partner the City & County of San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)

Art+Action x the NorCal MLK Foundation Presents Sanctuary City Project
for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

Sanctuary City Project invites all community members to utilize the SCP Mobile Print Cart (a transformed front-loader tricycle), to print and share custom silkscreen posters in Chinese, English, Spanish, and Tagalog to educate and mobilize our communities to participate in the 2020 Census. 

Art+Action presents The Butterfly Effect
at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Mirroring the ethos of the Census that every child and family counts, The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautifula youth activist art project—creates a visual representation of incarcerated migrant children in order to raise awareness and inspire action to end child detention. 

Art+Action presents Sanctuary City Project 
for The Night of Ideas

at San Francisco Public Library (Main Branch)
Sanctuary City Project's mobile tricycle silkscreen pop up for Art+Action Coalition Partner San Francisco Public Library’s Night of Ideas—a festive night in the heart of the city, with a collaborative and interactive seven-hour program of debate, performances, dance, and music featuring top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond.

Art+Action x California College of the Arts: HERE+NOW  
at California College of the Arts 
Art+Action and CCA’s DMBA students in the social impact Cosine Collective invite you to team up to reach out to cities, employers, schools, and communities across the Bay Area and the country to proactively share Art+Action’s arts-driven 2020 Census campaign materials so everyone can receive their fair share of resources and representation by participating in the 2020 Census. 



Download Art+Action's open-sourced posters, one-sheets, and social media assets to launch your own Census movement.  



The multi-sector Art+Action Coalition is growing. We want you to be part. Our current Coalition Partners include: Agency by Others, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Annenberg Innovation Lab, Artspan, Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival, Brick Design Studio, California College of the Arts, Catharine Clark Gallery, Census Open Innovation Lab, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), Count the Nation, Creativity Explored, Dancers' Group, Digital Uncut, Firefly, For Freedoms, Framework, Imprint City, Incline Gallery, Intersection for the Arts, JCDecaux, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Kronos Quartet, Lava MaeX, Minnesota Street Project Foundation, Museum of the African Diaspora, Norcal MLK Foundation, NOW Hunters Point, Pacific Felt Factory, The Painting Salon, Partners in Crime, pattern, Protect Democracy, PROXY, re.riddle, Rena Bransten Gallery, Root Division, San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), San Francisco Parks Alliance, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Jose Museum, SF Camerawork, SOAK, Sprayview, The Leadership Conference, The People's Conservatory, Theatre Bay Area, Vocal Type Co. + OCEIA Census Grantee Art+Action Coalition Partners: Accion Latina, Alive & Free, APA Family Support Services, API Council of San Francisco, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asociacion Mayab, Bayanihan Equity Center, Catholic Charities, Chinatown Community Development Center, Chinatown YMCA, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Code Tenderloin, Ethnic Media Services, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Japantown Task Force, Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of SF, Mission Economic Development Agency, Mission Graduates, North East Medical Services, OCEIA Census Grantee Art+Action Coalition Partners, A. Phillip Randolph Institute San Francisco, Renaissance Parents of Success, Samoan Community Development Center, Self-Help for the Elderly, SF Labor Council/AFL-CIO, SF Latino Parity & Equity Coalition (SFLPEC), SF Rising, South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN), Southeast Asian Community Center, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Wu Yee Children’s Services...and more.

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Support Art+Action's work by contributing resources to strengthen the campaign. Contribute:
  • Money (to fund the public media campaign, artist commissions, toolkits, and community programming) 
  • Media space (billboards, kiosks, bus and building wraps, and ads) to be ‘taken over’ by Art+Action-created messaging 
and artwork  

  • Technology (ipads, laptops, and tablets so Art+Action can bring the 2020 Census to the people)
  • Goods + Services + Skills (tote bags and t-shirts; printing of posters; translation support for Census activations) 


About Art+Action:
Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—is building a city-wide arts-based campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they've launched an arts-driven campaign to galvanize communities to participate to receive their fair share of resources and representation.


Media Contacts: 
Kimberly Verde | | 415.305.0830
Danielle Grant | | 415.860.0767


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