Art Responders



Art Responders are passionate about creating opportunities for cultural engagement as a conduit to social justice. We believe in the power of art to counteract rising threats to civil rights and liberties, and to empower at-risk communities underserved by the current arts establishment.

Our goal is to forge effective and meaningful public arts and education programming using a twofold approach:

  • We organize grassroots arts events with strong participatory elements-- transformative experiences that document injustice, heal targeted communities, and incite action.

  • We design educational resources and workshops designed to resist systemic oppression through a marriage of arts, activism, and advocacy within a restorative justice framework.

Art Responders present multimedia arts content in a nonhierarchical context, with emerging voices displayed alongside internationally known artists.   Our active learning resources tap into streams of student and teacher creativity often ignored or neglected in 'top-down' arts and education institutions. 

By providing access to meaningful arts and education projects through local, international and virtual programs, we connect marginalized communities to each other and their allies, enabling them to become more effective advocates for lasting, positive change.

KQED features three Bay Area artists, including Art Responders founder D.E. Stenvoll-Wells, in a piece about a crucial moment in the resistance.