Creative Change is an annual retreat at the intersection of arts and social justice which brings together a diverse group of leaders committed to transformative social change. Through a combination of intimate group sessions and informal activities, Creative Change is a space where artists, advocates, media makers, cultural organizers and donors can connect, reflect, share ideas, and brainstorm innovative ways of inspiring and mobilizing support for social justice values and solutions through the arts.  The first retreat, in 2009, was initiated by a group of social justice, philanthropic, and arts leaders that include Alan Jenkins, Connie Heller, Jason P. Drucker, Michelle Coffey, and Ann Beeson.

The 2014 Creative Change Retreat will take place Monday, July 21 (evening) - Friday, July 25 (through breakfast) at the Sundance/Redford Conference Center in Utah. Updates on the 2014 Retreat coming soon. 

Creative Change is an invitation-only event. For more information, please contact Betsy Richards at


Creative Change is made possible through the generous support of the Akonadi Foundation, the Chorus Foundation, Compton Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Embrey Family Foundation, and anonymous donors.

Past Retreats

Thank you to everyone whose participation, time, and energy has made Creative Change an inspiring, exciting event.

The programs and participant bios from past retreats are available for download:

2013 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Sundance, Utah, August 5-9
2012 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Sundance, Utah, July 30-August 3
2011 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Sundance, Utah, August 15-19
2010 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 23-27
2009 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Telluride, Colorado, August 28-September 1

Creative Change Alumni

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J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2011)
Jason Aragón, Pan Left Productions (2011)
Lulani Arquette, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2012)
Andrea Assaf, Art2Action (2011)
Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy Project (2009, 2010, 2013)
Byron Au Yong, Composer and Musician (2013)
Barbara Schaeffer Bacon, Animating Democracy (2013)
Orlando Bagwell, Ford Foundation (2011)
Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention (2012)
Bryonn Bain, Blackout Arts Collective (2010, 2013)
Rob "Biko" Baker, League of Young Voters Education Fund (2011)
John Bare, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (2011)
Jesus Barraza, Screen Printing, Poster Making (2013)
Jonathan Barzilay, Ford Foundation (2012)
Ceci Bastida, Musician (2013)
Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women (2012)
Ann Beeson, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication (2010, 2011, 2012)
Angad Bhalla, Time of Day Productions, Inc. (2012)
Joan Blades,,, (2011)
Johanna Blakley, The Norman Lear Center (2012)
Josh Bolotsky, The Other 98% and Agit-Pop (2013)
Andrew Boyd, The Other 98% (2011, 2012)
Stephen Brackett, (2011)
Ellen Braune, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Robert Bray, Four Freedoms Fund (2009)
Stanlyn Brevé, National Performance Network, Inc. (2012)
Kate Brick, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (2012)
Joanie Bronfman, Tides Center (2009)
Adrienne Brown, Activist and Social Change Facilitator (2011)
Claudine Brown, Smithsonian Institute (2009, 2013)
Denise Brown, Leeway Foundation (2009, 2010)
Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International (2011)
Shannon Brunette, Lambent Foundation (2009, 2010)
Allan Buchman, Culture Project (2009, 2010)
Rashida Bumbray, The Kitchen (2011)
Dan Cameron, U.S. Biennial, Inc. (2009)
Marlene Ramirez Cancio, NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2013)
Elizabeth Celms, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Melanie Cervantes, Akonadi Foundation (2013)
Candy Chang, Public Artist (2013)
Jeff Chang, The Culture Group, Stanford University Institute for Diversity in the Arts (2010, 2011, 2013)
Ken Chen, Asian American Writers' Workshop (2011, 2012)
Mel Chin, Fundred Dollar Bill Project/ Operation Paydirt (2010)
Eleanor Cleverly, Harmony Institute (2011)
Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Justin Cole, Fenton Communications (2009)
Steve Colman, Bum Rush The Stage (2011)
Cheryl Contee, Fission Strategy / Not An Alternative (2009, 2010)
Jean Cook, Future of Music (2010)
Kelly Creedon, Documentary Photographer and Multimedia Producer (2011)
Cindy Lou Cuesta, Rutgers School of Law-Newark (2012)
Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies (2009)
Laura Dawn, (2013)
Sandra de Castro Buffington, Global Media Center for Social Impact (2013)
Delia De la Vara, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) (2010)
Sherrie Deans, Admiral Center (2013)
Quinn Delaney, Akonadi Foundation (2012)
Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis, The Opportunity Agenda (2010)
Amalia Deloney, Center for Media Justice (2010)
Kathie DeNobriga, Alternate ROOTS (2012)
Janet Dewart Bell, The Opportunity Agenda (2009)
D'Lo , D'LocoKid Productions (2012, 2013)
Timothy Dorsey, Open Society Foundations (OSF) (2010, 2011, 2012)
Jason Drucker, Seeds of Peace (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough (2009)
Beka Economopoulos, Fission Strategy / Not An Alternative (2012)
Lolis Eric Elie, Filmmaker and Writer (2012)
Lauren Embrey, Embrey Family Foundation (2013)
Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach (2009)
Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation (2011)
Diane Espaldon, Diane V. Espaldon Strategic Consulting (2012, 2013)
Negin Farsad, Comedian and Filmmaker (2011, 2012)
Kristin Feely, Sundance Institute (2013)
Bruce Ferguson, American University in Cairo (2010)
Adey Fisseha, Unbound Philanthropy (2013)
Kenneth Foster, University Southern California (2010)
Diane Fraher, American Indian Artists, Inc. (AMERINDA) (2009)
LaToya Frazier, Photographer and Multimedia Artist (2012)
Ellen Friedman, Compton Foundation (2013)
Michael John Garces, Cornerstone Theater Company (2011)
Jill Garvey, Center for New Community (2013)
Benjamin Gass, Spitfire Strategies (2011)
Rebecca Gates, Musician, Artist, and Editor (2012)
Theaster Gates, University Of Chicago (2011, 2012)
Rha Goddess, Move The Crowd (2011, 2010)
Gan Golan, Artist, (2011, 2012)
Jesse Goldstein, Occupy Design (2012)
Inez Gonzalez, National Hispanic Media Coalition (2011)
Javier Gonzalez, SoundStrike (2011)
Scott Goodstein, Revolution Messaging (2009)
Hakim Green, International Youth Organization (2012)
Ken Grossinger, Crosscurrents Foundation (2011)
Lani Guinier, Harvard Law School (2011, 2013)
dream hampton, Writer and Filmmaker (2013)
Lori Hanau, Global Roundtable Leadership (2011)
Amy Hart Redford, Actress, Director, Producer (2013)
Jessica Wells Hasan, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Connie Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice (2009)
Jamie Henn, (2013)
Taryn Higashi, Unbound Philanthropy (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2009)
Cuong Hoang, Mott Philanthropic (2013)
Katie Hollander, Creative Time (2013)
Diane Hosey, Embrey Family Foundation (2013)
Erlin Ibreck, Open Society Foundations (OSF) (2009)
Kemi Ilesanmi, The Laundromat Project (2012)
Jakada Imani, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (2012)
Ian Inaba, Citizen Engagement Laboratory (2010, 2011, 2012)
Sarah Ingersoll, text4baby (2009, 2010)
Jesus Iñiguez, DreamersAdrift (2012)
Invincible , Musician and Community Activist (2011)
Lameece Issaq, Actor, Writer, Producer (2013)
Jayson Jackson, Bum Rush The Stage (2011)
Maria Jackson, The Kresge Foundation (2011)
Beth Janson, Tribeca Film Institute (2011)
Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Carol Jenkins, Media Consultant, Women’s Media Center (2009)
Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women (2010)
Sidd Joag, Free Dimensional (2013)
Tammy Johnson, Applied Research Center (ARC) (2012)
Jason Jones, Not An Alternative (2012)
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013)
Si Kahn, Grassroots Leadership (2009)
Shalini Kantayya, 7th Empire Media ( 2011)
Robert Karimi, (2012)
Diane Karp, Santa Fe Art Institute (2010)
Maurine Knighton, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013)
Sally Kohn, Movement Vision Lab (2009, 2010)
Brian Komar, Center for American Progress (2010)
Pam Korza, Americans for the Arts (2009, 2011)
Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors- USA (2010)
Manauvaskar Kublall, Media Sutra (2010)
Amitava Kumar, The Asian American Writers' Workshop (2012)
Shishir Kurup, Cornerstone Theater Company (2013)
Nishat Kurwa, Youth Radio (2010)
Jess Kutch, (2013)
Winona LaDuke, Honor The Earth (2013)
Geraldine Laybourne, Channel One News (2009)
Kit Laybourne, The New School for Social Research (2009)
Jake Lee, Unbound Philanthropy (2013)
Jeanette Lee, Allied Media Projects (2010)
Todd Lester, Global Arts Corps (2011)
Kirsten Levingston, Ford Foundation (2009)
Wendy Levy, New Arts AXIS and Sparkwise (2012, 2013)
Sarah Lewis, Yale University, School of Art (2013)
Mark Lipman, Holding Ground Productions (2012)
Marion Lipschutz, Filmmaker (2013)
Jean Little, Consultant (2012, 2013)
Tatiana Litvin, angel Foundation (2011)
Natasha Logan, Producer (2012)
Maria López de Leon, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (2012)
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses (2009)
David Lubell, Welcoming America (2011, 2012)
Vernon Lujan, Poeh Cultural Center ( 2010)
Elizabeth Méndez-Berry, Surdna Foundation (2012, 2013)
Jacquelyn Mahendra, Citizen Engagement Lab ( 2013)
Idelisse Malave, Organizational Consultant (2012)
Liz Manne, FilmAid International (2009, 2010, 2011)
Kathy Mattea, Musician (2009)
Alexis McGill Johnson, American Values Institute (2010, 2011)
Cassie Meador, Dance Exchange (2013)
Cassandra Medley, Sarah Lawrence College (2011)
Cara Mertes, JustFilms (2011, 2013, 2010)
Alan Michelson, Artist (2012)
Jim Miller, Brave New Foundation (2009)
Michelle Miller, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown (2011, 2012)
Elizabeth Minnich, Association of American Colleges and Universities (2009)
Jill Mizell, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Erik Moe, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (2012)
Nadia Mohamed, (2013)
Nina Montenegro, Visual Artist, Graphic Designer (2013)
Amy Morris, Surdna Foundation (2011)
Courtney Desiree Morris, University of Texas at Austin (2010)
Taij Moteelall, Media Sutra (2009, 2010)
Ross Mudrick, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2013)
Thao Nguyen, Musician (2013)
Scott Nielson, Alexander Nielsen Consulting (2011)
Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition (2012)
Rebecca O'Doherty, Appalshop Incorporated (2009)
Gaby Pacheco, Trail of Dreams (2011)
Raul Pacheco, Ozomatli (2012)
Eli Pariser, Upworthy, (2009)
Kisha Parks, The Opportunity Agenda (2009)
Anne Pasternak, Creative Time (2011)
Rachel Payne, FEM Inc. (2009)
Miriam Zoila Pérez, Writer (2013)
Martin Perna, Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds (2010)
Bao Phi, The Loft Literacy Project (2012)
Dawn Porter, Trilogy Films (2013)
Erin Potts, Air Traffic Control (2010, 2011)
Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund (2010, 2012)
Michael Premo, Housing is a Human Right (2012)
Estevan Rael-Galvez, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2010)
Laura Raicovich, Creative Time (2012)
Michael Raisler, Cinereach (2009)
Toshi Reagon, Music For Your Life (2011)
Steven Renderos, Main Street Project (2010)
Yosimar Reyes, Poet and Activist (2012)
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Tamms Year Ten/ Soros Justice Fellow (2010, 2013)
Ryan Rice, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) (2010)
Betsy Richards, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Elizabeth Richards, The Opportunity Agenda (2010)
Alex Rivera, Digital Media Artist and Filmmaker (2011)
Gibran Rivera, Interaction Institute for Social Change ( 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Rashad Robinson, Color of Change (2009, 2011)
Takema Robinson, Finding Our Folks (2009)
Favianna Rodriguez, Visual Artist (2011, 2012, 2013) Raymond Roker, URB Magazine / Red Bull Media House (2011)
Rose Rosenblatt, Incite Pictures (2013)
Bird Runningwater, Sundance Institute (2009)
Archana Sahgal, Open Society Foundations (OSF) (2012)
Shaady Salehi, Active Voice (2013)
Julio Salgado, CultureStrike and Undocubus (2012)
Philip Sanchez, Time Warner, Inc. (2011)
Carlos Sandoval, Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. (2011)
Ellen Schneider, Active Voice (2009, 2011)
Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center (ARC) (2011, 2012, 2013)
Yosi Sergant, Task Force (2010, 2011)
Jose Serrano-McClain, Queens Museum of Art (2011)
Rashid Shabazz, Open Society Foundations (OSF) (2010, 2011)
Anas Shallal, Busboys & Poets (2011)
Adam Paul Smith, Act 4 Entertainment (2013)
Jasiri Smith, One Hood (2012)
Tayyib Smith, Little Giant Media (2011)
Kim Snyder, BeCause Productions (2010)
Jennifer Sokolove, Compton Foundation (2012, 2013)
Leslie Stem, Transformazium (2011)
Lynn Stern, Surdna Foundation (2010, 2011, 2012)
Brandi Stewart, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2013)
Darnell Strom, CAA Foundation (2012)
Sara Stuart, Union Settlement (2013)
Molly Sturges, Littleglobe (2011, 2013)
Vicky Takamine, PA'I (2011)
Catherine Tambini, Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. (2011)
Rulan Tangen, Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer, Dancing Earth Creations (2010)
Loris Taylor, Native Public Media (2009, 2010)
Deyden Tethong, Air Traffic Control (2013)
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist (2012)
Juhu Thukral, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010)
Leslie Thurman, Warner Brothers (2013)
Jenny Toomey, Ford Foundation (2009, 2011)
Sheila Tousey, Actress, Director, Writer (2012)
Lucky Tran , Creative Activist (2013)
Anasa Troutman, Lion & Butterfly/Art is Change (2010)
Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS (2009, 2012)
Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013)
Mark Vardell, West Coast University (2013)
Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American (2012)
Emily Verellen, The Fledgling Fund (2012)
Tufara Waller Muhammad , Datule' Artist Collective (2012)
Annie Wang, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Dan S. Wang, Writer and Artist (2012)
Melinda Weekes, Applied Research Center (ARC) (2011, 2012)
Jennifer Weiser, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Elon White, Brooklyn Comedy Company (2010, 2011)
David Whitlock, Leigh Stowell & Company (2009)
Timothy Wilkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Roger Ross Williams, Documentary Filmmaker (2010)
Will Wilson, Visual Artist (2013)
Billy Wimsatt, Rebuild the Dream (2011)
Lizz Winstead, Political Satirist/Co-Founder Air America Radio (2013)
Jasiri X, One Hood Media/ Hip Hop Artist (2013)
Mirah Zeitlyn, Musician and Recording Artist (2012)
Jawole Zollar, Urban Bush Women (2009, 2013)