Support Art+Action's COME TO YOUR CENSUS Campaign 2020 Census Outreach in the S.F. Bay Area + Nationwide
The Art+Action Coalition’s arts-driven multilingual 2020 Census campaign, COME TO YOUR CENSUS, harnesses the voices of artists to encourage residents—both citizens and non-citizens—to safely complete the confidential 9-question, 10-minute survey, to ensure communities receive their fair share of federal funding ($17B), resources, and political representation for the next decade. For this initiative, Art+Action—ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)—has built the first-ever San Francisco-based national coalition for civic participation across art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors.
There are four pillars of the Art+Action initiative: the outdoor public media campaign, the city-wide arts takeover (which post COVID-19 has gone online via Art+Action’s Instagram and Facebook channels), their tech-forward bring-the-Census-to-the-people initiative, the open-to-all digital headquarters via Art+Action’s website www.ComeToYourCensus.us—which also offers an open-sourced toolkit with free downloadable versions of artist-created campaign assets and artwork that can be used by anyone across the country to support Census-participation in their own community, and their HQ at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), which prior to COVID, had planned to hold the art & civic experience Come To Your Census: Who Counts in America?—which has now gone online.
The 2020 Census is now live and online through October 31, 2020 and is vital for the health of our communities—particularly against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequities further underscored by the recent Black Lives Matter protests—as it provides funding for a multitude of emergency and healthcare services and ensures the equitable distribution of community resources and political power. While Art+Action’s work started locally, it has ignited a movement nationally, receiving a grant from the Ford Foundation to expand the initiative to Florida and Texas so we can make the next three months truly count in states where many communities are being left behind—particularly BIPOC, disabled, women, trans, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant.
Our success in ensuring that no community—regionally or nationally—is left behind depends on the allyship of supporters like you. Please consider making a financial contribution to fund the public media campaign, open-sourced artist-created toolkit assets, event, and program costs. You can also reach out to contribute media spaces (billboards, kiosks, bus and building wraps, ads, PSAs) technology (tablets, ipads, or wifi) to bridge the digital divide for those communities who lack access or digital literacy given the inaugural digital-first Census, or other in-kind resources by emailing us at [email protected].