Youth explore the intersection of art and activism by engaging with and creatively advocating for their community.

Artivism empowers youth to curate and create art grounded in the act of “doing” to advance social justice issues.


Artivism is back! Youth ages 12-18 can join us on Mondays & Tuesdays from 5-7 pm at For Oak Cliff.

Register for free here.

Art. educate. activate.

Youth grapple with issues of racial and social justice every day. Artivism gives high school students dynamic opportunities to address these issues head-on and advocate for change. Local professional artists guide the students as they express their thoughts through activist art, such as visual artwork, photography, spoken word poetry, and music production.


36 Number of youth served annually
1139 Number of student learning hours annually
61.5% of youth said that “As a result of this program, I take creative risks with my own personal expression”
68% of youth said that “As a result of this program, I confidently take on challenges”
84% of youth said that “This program has helped me build confidence”
83% of youth said that “Because of this program, I can better express my ideas and feelings”

How to support artivism

We would love for you to support this important work designed for students to express through art activism. Donations can be made safely and securely online, and you can designate your gift specifically for this program. Make a gift to Artivism.

Artivism is partially funded through generous support from the Michael Saldana Templin Memorial Fund


Michael Saldaña Templin was a Dallas native and had a deep passion for music and film. He simply loved all things creative. Highly inquisitive about many things, Michael used his creative talent and interests to compose music and produce films.

In celebration of Michael’s life his mother and father, Sarah Saldaña and Don Templin, have established a Memorial Fund in his name. The Michael Saldaña Templin Memorial Fund will support other talented children in the pursuit of their passions.

Make a gift to the Michael Saldaña Templin Memorial Fund

Your gracious gift in memory of Michael’s life can be made in the following ways:

Check payable to Big Thought, 1409 S. Lamar St., Suite 1015, Dallas, Texas 75215

Donate online. Select the “Michael Saldana Templin Memorial Fund” from the dropdown list of designations.
Contact us at 469.621.8977 or by [email protected]


A note will be sent to Sarah and Don letting them know of your gift in Michael’s memory.