Call for CREATIVE ACTIVISTS! Now Accepting Applications





April 19, 2021


We are pleased to announce an open call for applications for the Creative Activism Awards (CAA), a cash encouragement award created by iara lee for filmmakers, photographers, artists, organizers, farmer, musicians and any creative activists who address issues of social, economic justice and cultural resistance in their work.

In spring 2021, our committee will be selecting a new round of CAA recipients to join the 50+ awardees who have been named so far. The application is open to the public.

To apply, please fill out this form. As part of this application, you will need to send us samples of your work. Applications are due by May 31, 2021.

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Until next time,
the Cultures of Resistance team







Meet the Awardees

Our newest round of awardees includes cartoonists, digital artists, calligraphers, photographers, and hip-hop MCs from more than a half dozen different countries!!

Ali Al Shehabi (UAE/Bahrain) uses photography to shed light on Middle Eastern culture, creating portraits that juxtapose traditional Muslim dress with modern streetscapes.











Art Melody (Burkina Faso) is a rapper and farmer who has released seven albums, viewing his attachment to the land as fundamental to his musical perspective.






Kashmir Pop Art (Kashmir) is a digital art project about Kashmiri people, history, and politics that aims to make the process of artistic production more accessible to women. It is run by Mariyeh Mushtaq, an independent researcher and women's rights activist.






Belal Khaled (Palestine) is a calligrapher who uses an unconventional way of writing Arabic characters to converse with the world through the aesthetics of the ancient letters.






Marta Lamovsek (Slovenia/UAE) is a Slovenian-born, Dubai-based photographer, visual artist, and creative director whose work celebrates human vulnerability and seeks to capture the exuberance of street life in the Emirates.





Minatu Saleh (Western Sahara) was born in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria and is developing an affordable low-tech system to filter water from impurities and nourish life in the desert.





Numair Qadri (Kashmir) is an interdisciplinary artist whose sculptures, installations, videos, and photography use materials like soil, flowers, human hair & bullets to examine humanity’s ability to inflict pain and the impact of living through war.





Anders Sunna (Sweden) is a contemporary Sámi artist whose work explores the history of his own family in northern Sweden and denounces discrimination against the Sámi people.








Sameer Qumsiyeh (Palestine) is a filmmaker whose new short documentary series, "Voiceless," attempts to provide a humane and empowering angle on the lives of underrepresented people in Palestine.





Faraz Karachiwala (Pakistan) is an artist, art curator, filmmaker and creative producer. His work has been recognized by prestigious platforms and film festivals both locally and internationally.













Irma Chávez Cruz (México) is an indigenous Raramuri (Tarahumara) leader, activist, and teacher who works to protect Raramuri indigenous lands and rights. She is also leading a project to provide clean water, seed banks, and sustainable agriculture to schools and communities in their ancestral canyonlands.







Anis Wani (Kashmir) is a graphic journalist and editorial cartoonist whose work revolves around the concepts of home, memory, and identity, with a focus on the political conflict in Kashmir.