With seven weeks left to try to ensure our communities get their fair share of federal funding and political representation for the next decade, Art+Action is bringing the COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign to Texas and Florida, supported by the Ford Foundation.

We're seeking 10 artists (5 from each state) whose work will serve to inspire their communities—particularly the hard-to-count—to participate in the 2020 Census. The artworks selected will appear on billboards in their respective states, in Art+Action’s online Census Toolkit, and on social media outlets. The artists will be highlighted as Featured Artists in our campaign and will receive an award of $1,000. 

To apply, email the following to by Wednesday, August 19, 6pm EST:

• Artist name
• Email address
• Phone Number
• City of Residence
• Artwork as a .jpg file (300 dpi or higher; preferable format is square)
• Artist bio (3-5 sentences about you)
• 3-5 sentences about why this artwork will inspire your community to participate in the 2020 Census

+ Download a PDF to share the Florida Artist Open Call here
+ Download a PDF to share the
Texas Artist Open Call here


Artwork (clockwise from left to right): Stephanie Syjuco, Miguel Arzabe, Lava Thomas. Photos by David Elliott


Art+Action is looking for people who are passionate about making a difference in their communities to play an active role in the COME TO YOUR CENSUS campaign in Texas + Florida for the next 7 weeks. As an Ambassador, you'll be a representative of the campaign in the area, amplify Art+Action’s Open Call for Artwork, and ultimately help activate outdoor public media in conjunction with a digital or social media campaign to promote Census participation in your communities. Reach out if you'd like to receive a stipend to:

  • Circulate Art+Action’s Artist Open Call (deadline August 19) to local artists, arts organizations, and community-based organizations that best represent the larger area, and pro-actively encourage artists to submit artwork for consideration for the billboard.

  • Recommend neighborhoods for the billboards to reach communities historically undercounted in the Census—particularly BIPOC, disabled, women, trans, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant—to make sure their voices are heard and they are counted. Let us know where our campaign will best reach them. 

  • Develop extra initiatives to raise awareness of the campaign and the 2020 Census. Examples include, but are not limited to: social media activations, in-person events that follow COVID-19 protocols, etc.  

  • Suggest local advertising outlets—both print and online—in ethnic and traditional media to reach the communities most vulnerable to an undercount.

  • Recruit volunteers to wheat-paste COME TO YOUR CENSUS posters around your city (a small stipend is available). 

To apply, email us at and tell us where you're located and why you want to be part.


Follow Art+Action on Instagram and like us on Facebook for updates about the campaign, or donate here to help us commission artists and mobilize communities to COME TO YOUR CENSUS.



About Art+Action

Art+Action—a coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a multilingual arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. Ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) and the Ford Foundation, and in partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, we've launched a campaign comprised of artist commissions, public programming, community events, exhibitions, and performances to galvanize communities to participate to receive their fair share of resources and political representation for the next decade.
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