Call for Applications: Cash Award for Artists, Musicians, and Other Creative Organizers!


Cultures of Resistance Films completed its last round of applications for the Creative Activism Awards in spring 2021. We are currently not accepting further applications. However, we anticipate that we will open a new round in the future. Follow Cultures of Resistance on social media to find out as soon as a new round is announced.


The Creative Activism Awards were created by iara lee as a way of recognizing artists, musicians, poets, writers, designers, dancers, and other creators whose work is connected to human rights, the environment, economic and global justice, and cultural resistance. You can learn more about Cultures of Resistance Films and our values here.

Each award will come with a cash prize of $1,000 USD.


The Creative Activism Awards are open to all applicants, and our first criterion will be artistic merit. However, iara lee will give priority to artists and creators from underrepresented groups, with a special interest in countries in the Global South (e.g. nations located in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, Latin America, and the Caribbean).

Previous rounds of CAA recipients have included muralists, dancers, cartoonists, photographers, rappers, cinematographers, plastics artists, poets, and designers. Past award winners live in countries ranging from Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, and Western Sahara to Malawi, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, and Bolivia.


The award must be used to help the recipient develop projects with a social-justice orientation. The intent should be to amplify the artist’s voice and assist in helping them pursue work with a clear social impact.


When a new round of Creative Activism Awards is announced, Cultures of Resistance Films will accept applications through our online form, here.


Due to limited staff capacity, Cultures of Resistance Films will not be able to reply individually to each application, and you may not be contacted unless you are selected for an award. Winners will be publicly announced with notice being disseminated via our newsletter, social media, and website.

News and updates about Cultures of Resistance Films are posted regularly on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as our website. For more information about iara lee, click here. For more about the CAA and past recipients, click here. To access the application form for this open call, click here.

In applying for the CAA, you agree to be subscribed to the Cultures of Resistance newsletter, which will include the announcement of CAA winners, as well as other news and updates about Cultures of Resistance Films. Winners of the CAA agree that Cultures of Resistance Films may use representations of their work in the award announcement and other promotional materials related to the CAA.