Creative Change is a national 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.

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


The Opportunity Agenda engaged in a multi-year (2009–2013) and multi-layered evaluation of its Creative Change Retreat. To see what we've learned click below:




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:

2016 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Sundance, Utah, July 18-22
2014 program (PDF) and participant bios (PDF) | Sundance, Utah, July 21-25
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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Emily Accamando, The Opportunity Agenda (2010)
Gina Acebo, Akonadi Foundation (2014)
Aman Ali, Writer, Film Producer (2016)
J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2011)
Sharon Alpert, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2016)
Moe Angelos, Performer, Writer, The Builders Association (2014)
Jason Michael Aragón, Pan Left Productions (2011)
Lulani Arquette, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2012)
Andrea Assaf, Arts2Action (2011)
Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy Project (2009, 2010, 2013)
Byron Au Yong, Composer, Musician (2013)
Orlando Bagwell, Ford Foundation (2011)
Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention (2012)
Bryonn Bain, Belafonte Enterprises International, NYU (2010, 2013)
Robert "Biko" Baker III, League of Young Voters Education Fund, ThoughtWorks (2011, 2016)
John Bare, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (2011)
Jesus Barraza, Screen Printing, Poster Making (2013)
Dante Barry, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice (2016)
Jonathan Barzilay, Ford Foundation (2012)
Ceci Bastida, Musician (2013)
Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women (2012)
Roberto Bedoya, Tucson Pima Arts Council (2014)
Ann Beeson, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation and College of Communications,
University of Texas (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Gina Belafonte, (2016)
W. Kamau Bell, CNN’s  United Shades of America  (2016)
Angad Bhalla, Time of Day Productions (2012)
Joan Blades, and (2011)
Johanna Blakley, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center (2012)
Robin Blotnick, Jubilee Films (2014)
Heidi Boisvert, futurePerfect Lab (2016)
Josh Bolotsky, The Other 98%, Agit-Pop Communications (2013)
Valerie Boucard, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2016)
Katie Bowers, Harry Potter Alliance (2016)
Andrew Boyd, Beautiful Trouble (2011, 2012, 2014)
Stephen Malloy Brackett, Flobots (2011)
Ellen Braune, The Opportunity Agenda (2013, 2014)
Robert Bray, Four Freedoms Fund (2009)
Stanlyn Brevé, National Performance Network (2012)
Kate Brick, Unbound Philanthropy (2012)
Joanie Bronfman, Tides Center (2009)
Adrienne Maree Brown, Writer, Activist (2011)
Claudine Brown, Smithsonian Institution (2009, 2013)
Denise Brown, Leeway Foundation (2009, 2010)
Imani Jacqueline Brown, Blights Out (2016)
Jamila Brown, The Opportunity Agenda (2016)
Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International (2011)
Shannon Brunette, Lambent Foundation (2009, 2010)
Allan Buchman, Culture Project (2009, 2010)
Sandra de Castro Buffington, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (2013, 2014)
Rashida Bumbray, The Kitchen (2011) Dan Cameron, U.S. Biennial, Inc. (2009)
Elizabeth Johnsen, The Opportunity Agenda (2013, 2014)
Melanie Cervantes, Akonadi Foundation, Dignidad Rebelde (2013)
Candy Chang, Public Artist (2013)
Jeff Chang, Writer, Stanford University Institute for Diversity in the Arts (2010, 2011, 2013)
Ken Sanway Chen, The Asian American Writers' Workshop (2011, 2012)
Katy Chevigny, Arts Engine (2009, 2010)
Mel Chin, Fundred Dollar Bill Project, Operation Paydirt (2010)
Eleanor M. Cleverly, Harmony Institute (2011)
Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Tanya Coke, Ford Foundation (2016)
Justin Cole, Fenton Communications (2009)
Will Coley, The Opportunity Agenda (2016)
Steve Colman, Bum Rush the Stage (2011)
Cheryl Contee, Fission Strategy, Not An Alternative (2009, 2010)
Jean Cook, Future of Music (2010)
Todd Cox, Center for American Progress (2016)
Kelly Creedon, Documentary Photographer, Multimedia Producer (2011) Lisa Cremin, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. (2014)
Cindy Lou Cuesta, Rutgers School of Law-Newark (2011, 2012)
Caledonia Curry (Swoon), Visual Artist (2014)
D'Lo, Musician, Artist, Writer, Comedian (2012, 2013)
Dragonfly, Performer, Activist, Writer (2014) Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies (2009)
Laura Dawn, (2013)
Delia de la Vara, National Council of La Raza (2010)
Maria López De Leon, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (2012)
Sherrie Deans, Admiral Center at Living Cities (2013)
Quinn Delaney, Akonadi Foundation (2012)
Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis, The Opportunity Agenda (2010)
Amalia Deloney, Center for Media Justice (2010)
Kathie DeNobriga, Arts & Democracy Project, Alternate ROOTS (2012)
Janet Dewart Bell, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010)
Timothy Dorsey, Open Society Foundations (2010, 2011, 2012)
Jason Drucker, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Anna Duncan, We Belong Together, National Domestic Workers Alliance (2016)
Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough (2009)
Jayeesha Dutta, Gulf Futures, Radical Arts and Healing Collective (2016)
Beka Economopoulos, Not An Alternative, The Natural History Museum (2012, 2016)
Lolis Eric Elie, Filmmaker, Writer (2012)
Lauren Embrey, Embrey Family Foundation (2013)
Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach (2009)
Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation (2011)
Diane Espaldon, Strategy Consultant (2012, 2013)
Jordan Estevao, National People's Action (2012, 2014)
Rachel Falcone, Artist, Oral Historian, Filmmaker (2012, 2014)
Negin Farsad, Comedian, Filmmaker, Qualified Laughter (2011, 2012)
Kristin Feely, Sundance Institute (2013)
Bruce Ferguson, American University-Cairo (2010)
Deborah Fisher, A Blade of Grass (2014)
Adey Fisseha, Unbound Philanthropy (2013)
David Flores, Las Cafeteras (2016)
Hector Flores, Las Cafeteras (2016)
Ken Foster, USC Thornton School of Music, Arts Leadership Program (2010, 2011)
Diane Fraher, American Indian Artists, Inc. (2009)
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist (2012)
Ellen Friedman, Compton Foundation (2013)
Leah Gallegos, Las Cafeteras (2016)
Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater Company (2011)
Jill Garvey, Center for New Community (2013)
Benjamin Gass, Spitfire Strategies (2011)
Rebecca Gates, Musician, Artist, Editor (2012)
Theaster Gates, Artist, Arts Program Development, University of Chicago (2011, 2012)
Jessica George, Revolutions Per Minute (2016)
Rha Goddess, Move The Crowd (2011, 2010)
Gan Golan, Author, Artist, Activist (2011, 2012, 2014)
Ebony Noelle Golden, Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative (2014)
Jesse Goldstein, Artist (2012)
Inez Gonzalez, National Hispanic Media Coalition (2011)
Javier Gonzalez, Sound Strike (2011)
Scott Goodstein, Revolution Messaging (2009)
Hakim Green, Channel Live (2012)
Tom Green, Counterpoint s Arts (2016)
Ken Grossinger, CrossCurrents Foundation (2011)
Lani Guinier, Lawyer, Scholar, Civil Rights Activist (2011, 2013)
Jamila Hammami, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (2016)
dream hampton, Writer, Filmmaker, Organizer (2013, 2016)
Lori Hanau, Global Round Table Leadership (2011)
Suzan Shown Harjo, Morning Star Institute (2016)
Josh Healey, Movement Generation (2014, 2016)
Justine Hebron, AndACTION, Spitfire Strategies (2016)
Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice (2009)
Jamie Henn, (2013)
Heather Henson, Puppeteer, Ibex Puppetry (2014)
Mia Herndon, Third Wave Foundation (2012)
Taryn Higashi, Unbound Philanthropy (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Micky Hingorani, AVAC Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (2010)
Cuong Hoang, Mott Philanthropic (2013)
Katie Hollander, Creative Time (2013)
Diane Hosey, Embrey Family Foundation (2013)
Charon Hribar, Poor People’s Campaign (2016)
Erlin Ibreck, Open Society Foundations (2009)
Kemi Ilesanmi, Creative Capital Foundation (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, Dreamers Adrift (2012)
Invincible, Musician and Community Activist (2011)
Lameece Issaq, Actor, Writer, Producer (2013)
Jayson Jackson, Bum Rush the Stage (2011)
Maria Rosario Jackson, Urban Institute Culture, The Kresge Foundation (2011)
Beth Janson, Tribeca Film Institute (2011)
Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Carol Jenkins, Women's Media Center (2009)
Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women (2010)
Cristina Jimenez Moreta, United We Dream Network (2016)
Sidd Joag, freeDimensional (2013)
Elizabeth Johnsen, The Opportunity Agenda (2013, 2016)
Emily Johnson, Choreographer, Catalyst Dance (2014)
Tammy Johnson, Applied Research Center (2012)
Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2010, 2011)
Jason Jones, Not An Alternative , The Natural History Museum (2012, 2016)
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013)
Melanie Joseph, The Foundry Theatre (2014)
Si Kahn, Grassroots Leadership (2009)
Shalini Kantayya, 7th Empire Media ( 2011)
Robert Karimi, (2012)
Diane  Karp,  Santa Fe Art Institute (2010)
Janet Kim, Caring Across Generations, National Domestic Workers Alliance (2016)
Bakari Kitwana, Rap Sessions (2016)
Maurine Knighton, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013)
Sally Kohn, Movement Vision Lab (2009, 2010)
Brian Komar, Center for American Progress (2010)
Hari Kondabolu, Comedian, Writer (2016)
Pam Korza, Americans for the Arts (2009, 2011)
Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors USA (2010)
Tad Kroll, The Opportunity Agenda (2014)
Manauvaskar Kublall, Media Sutra, Inc. (2009, 2010)
Amitava Kumar, Vassar College, 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)
Rachel Lears, Jubilee Films (2014)
Anna Lee, Working Films (2016)
Jake Lee, Unbound Philanthropy (2013)
Jeanette Lee, Allied Media Projects (2010)
Grace Lee, Filmmaker (2014)
Todd Lester, freeDimensional, World Policy Institute (2011)
Kirsten Levingston, Ford Foundation (2009)
Wendy Levy, New Arts Axis, Sparkwise (2012, 2013)
Sarah Lewis, Author, Historian, Curator (2013)
Mark Lipman, Holding Ground Productions (2012)
Marion Lipschutz, Filmmaker (2013)
Jean Little, Consultant (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Tatiana Litvin, angel Foundation (2011)
Jeremy Liu, PolicyLink, Creative Ecology Partners (2016)
Natasha Logan, Producer (2012)
Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses (2009)
David Lubell, Welcoming America (2011, 2012)
Vernon Lujan, Poeh Cultural Center (2010)
Jennifer MacArthur, Impact Producer (2016)
Neal MacMillan, The Opportunity Agenda (2009)
Jackie Mahendra, Citizen Engagement Lab (2013)
Idelisse Malavé, Consultant (2012)
Eva-Marie Malone, The Opportunity Agenda (2012, 2016)
Liz Manne, FilmAid International (2009, 2010, 2011)
Zoey Martinson, Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative (2014)
Kathy Mattea, Musician (2009)
César Maxit, Visual Artist (2016)
Stephanie McKee, Junebug Productions Inc. (2014)
Cassie Meador, Dance Exchange (2013)
Cassandra J. Medley, Playwright, Sarah Lawrence College (2011)
Mike Medow, Allied Media Projects (2012)
Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Surdna Foundation (2012, 2013)
Cara Mertes, Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation (2010, 2011, 2013)
Alan Michelson, Artist (2012)
Douglas Miles, APACHE Skateboards, What Tribe Project (2016)
Jim Miller, Brave New Foundation (2009)
Michelle Miller, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (2011, 2012)
Armando Minjarez, The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla (2014)
Elizabeth Minnich, Association of American Colleges and Universities (2009)
Jill Mizell, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Chaka Mkali, Hope Community (2014)
Erik Moe, SEIU (2012)
Nina Montenegro, Visual Artist, Graphic Designer (2013)
Darnell Moore, MicNews, The Feminist Wire  (2016)
Mik Moore, Moore + Associates (2014)
Eddy Morales, Voto Latino (2011)
Christopher Morgan, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, International Dance Collective (2014)
Amy Morris, Surdna Foundation (2011)
Courtney Desiree Morris, University of Texas at Austin (2010)
Eve Mosher, Visual Artist, Interventionist, Story Maker (2014)
Taij Kumarie Moteelall, Media Sutra, Inc. (2009, 2010)
Ross Mudrick, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Molly Murphy, Working Films (2016)
Mary Kathryn Nagle, Playwright (2014)
Thao Nguyen, Musician (2013)
Scott Nielson, Alexander Nielsen Consulting (2011)
Alex Nogales, National Hispanic Media Coalition (2012)
Zahra Noorbakhsh, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim (2016)
Rebecca O'Doherty, Appalshop Incorporated (2009)
Brandan "Bmike" Odums, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Teacher, Muralist (2014)
Anshantia Oso, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (2016)
Anna Overstrom-Coleman, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project (2014)
Maria Gabriela "Gaby" Pacheco, TheDream.US (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)
Martín Perna, Antibalas (2010, 2014)
Bao Phi, The Loft Literacy Center (2012)
Mimi Pickering, Appalshop Community Media Initiative (2009)
Frances Pollitzer, The Opportunity Agenda (2010)
Dawn Porter, Trilogy Films (2013, 2016)
Erin Potts, Air Traffic Control (2010, 2011)
Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund (2010, 2012)
Michael Premo, Housing is a Human Right (2012, 2014)
Heidi Quante, Multi-Disciplinary Artist (2014)
Kymberlie Quong Charles, Grassroots Leadership (2014)   
Estevan Rael-Galvez, National Hispanic Cultural Center (2010)
Laura Raicovich, Creative Time (2012)
Michael Raiser, Cinereach (2009)
Dania Rajendra, Neighborhood Funders Group (2012)
Marlene Ramírez-Cancio, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2013)
Toshi Reagon, Music for Your Life (2010, 2011)
Amy Hart Redford, Actress, Director, Producer (2013)
Steven Renderos, Main Street Project (2010)
Yosimar Reyes, Poet, Activist (2012)
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Artist, Policy Advocate (2010, 2013)
Ryan Rice, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) (2010)
Damon Rich, Designer, Artist (2011)
Betsy Theobald Richards, The Opportunity Agenda (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Alex Rivera, Digital Media Artist, Independent Filmmaker (2011, 2016)
Gibrán X. Rivera, Evolutionary Leadership (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Rashad Robinson, GLAAD, ColorOfChange (2009, 2011)
Takema Robinson, Finding Our Folks (2009)
Favianna Rodriguez, Visual Artist (2011, 2012, 2013)
Raymond Roker, URB Magazine, Red Bull Media House (2011)
Terezita Romo, San Francisco Foundation (2014)
Rose Rosenblatt, Filmmaker (2013)
Julie Rowe, The Opportunity Agenda (2011)
Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Catalista LLC (2010)
Bird Runningwater, Sundance Institute (2009)
Sylvia Ryerson, Appalshop, WMMT (2014)
Archana Sahgal, Open Society Foundations (2012)
Shaady Salehi, Active Voice (2013, 2014)
Julio Salgado, (2012)
Philip Sanchez, Time Warner, Inc. (2011)
Carlos Sandoval, Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. (2011)
Marianna Schaffer, David Rockefeller Fund (2014)
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Americans for the Arts (2013)
Ellen Schneider, Active Voice (2009, 2011)
John Sellers, The Other 98% (2014)
Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center (2011, 2012, 2013)
Yosi Sergant, Task Force (2010, 2011)
Jose Serrano-McClain, Queens Museum of Art (2011)
Rashid Shabazz, Open Society Foundations (2010, 2011)
Anas Shallal, Busboys and Poets (2011)
Andrew Slack, The Harry Potter Alliance (2014)
Adam Paul Smith, Act 4 Entertainment (2013)
Tayyib Smith, Little Giant Media (2011)
Kim Snyder, Filmmaker (2010)
Jennifer Sokolove, Compton Foundation (2012, 2013)
Ishita Srivastava, Breakthrough (2016)
Lina Srivastava, CIEL (2016)
Leslie Stem, Transformazium (2011)
Lynn Stern, Surdna Foundation (2010, 2011, 2012)
Brandi Stewart, Nathan Cummings Foundation (2013)
Mark Strandquist, Performing Statistics (2016)
Darnell Strom, CAA Foundation (2012)
Sara Stuart, Union Settlement (2013)
Molly Sturges, Littleglobe (2011, 2013)
Eunice “Quita” Sullivan, New England Foundation for the Arts (2016)
Nick Szuberla, Working Narratives (2014)
Vicky Holt Takamine, Kumu Hula, , PA'I (2011)
Catherine Tambini, Producer, Filmmaker, Camino Bluff Productions, Inc. (2011)
RulanTangen, Choreographer, Dancing Earth Creations (2010)
Taylor, Native Public Media (2009, 2010)
Jidan Terry-Koon, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (2016)
Deyden Tethong, Air Traffic Control (2013)
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist (2012)
Juhu Thukral, The Opportunity Agenda (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Jenny Toomey, Ford Foundation (2009, 2010, 2011)
F. Javier Torres, ArtPlace America (2014)
Sheila Tousey, Actress, Writer, Director (2012)
Lucky Tran, Creative Activist (2013)
Janelle Treibitz, The Opportunity Agenda (2016)
Anasa Troutman, Art is Change, Movement Strategy Center (2010)
Lucy Turley, The Opportunity Agenda (2016)
Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS (2009, 2012)
Roberta Uno, Ford Foundation (2011, 2012, 2013)
Robert Valencia, The Opportunity Agenda (2011)
Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Storyline Entertainment, Inc. (2012)
Tracy Van Slyke, Culture Lab,  Citizen Engagement Lab (2014, 2016)
Mark Vardell, West Coast University (2013)
Jose Antonio Vargas, Multimedia Storyteller, Journalist, Define American (2012)
Sharmila Venkatasubban, The Asian American Writers' Workshop (2014)
Emily Verellen, The Fledgling Fund (2012)
Jon Vezner, Musician (2009)
Tufara Waller Muhammad, Highlander Center, Alternate ROOTS, Datule' Artist Collective (2012)
Brian Walker, (2016)
Annie Wang, The Opportunity Agenda (2013)
Dan S. Wang, Writer, Artist (2012)
Melinda Weekes, Applied Research Center (2011, 2012)
Jennifer Weiser, Consultant (2013, 2014)
Bryan Welch, (2014)
Jessica Wells-Hasan, The Opportunity Agenda (2013, 2014, 2016)
Bridget Whelan, The Opportunity Agenda (2016)
Elon James White, This Week in Blackness, Brooklyn Comedy Company (2010, 2011)
David Whitlock, Leigh Stowell & Company (2009)
Timothy Wilkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Erica Williams, Foolish Life Ventures (2012)
Roger Ross Williams, Documentary Filmmaker (2010)
Alicia Williamson, The Opportunity Agenda (2009)
Risë Wilson, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (2014)
Will Wilson, Visual Artist (2013)
Billy Wimsatt, Rebuild the Dream (2011)
Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice (2013, 2014)
Eileen Wiseman, The Tow Foundation (2016)
Jasiri X, Hip-Hop Artist, 1Hood  Media (2012, 2013, 2016)
Anupama “Anu” Yadav, Writer, Performer (2016)
Mirah Zeitlyn, Recording Artist, Musician (2012)
Ivan Zimmerman, WNYC Radio (2009)
Jawole Zollar, Urban Bush Women (2009, 2013)