Art & Civic Experience

Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America?

A Digital Art & Civic Experience   |  

Live on April 1, 2020

Come to Your Census: Who Counts In America?, is an art and civic experience designed to mobilize the Bay Area around the urgent, long-term impact of the 2020 Census.

Recognizing the role of artists as first responders to any social crisis, and in response to the potential of COVID-19 to dampen Census turnout, YBCA and Art+Action have quickly reimagined the physical opening of this art and civic experience. We will amplify the Come to Your Census campaign and its artists on digital platforms to underscore that the Census is an essential service which ensures our communities’ long-term health and strength. The Come To Your Census digital engagements will take a variety of forms, including interactive video games, virtual gatherings, newly commissioned written and filmed artist responses, and more.

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2020 Census

Coming to Our Census

By Deborah Cullinan

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What is at stake?

Every ten years, the Census count determines the population in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. This count of our national population determines national representation and federal funding allocations for essential programs for affordable housing, healthy food, healthcare, public schools, foster care, free meals, job training, emergency services, roads, preschools, and more.

The Campaign

Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is part of COME TO YOUR CENSUS, an arts-driven citywide campaign led by the Art+Action coalition—headquartered and incubated at YBCA and commissioned by the City of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)—mobilizing around the 2020 Census.


Art+Action—San Francisco’s first coalition for civic participation that spans art, creative, community, business, technology, philanthropy, activist, and government sectors—has launched a city-wide arts-driven campaign that positions artists as catalysts to humanize the issues around the 2020 Census. In partnership with trusted institutions and messengers, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)—their Headquarters and a Lead Partner—and ignited by support from San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), they’re galvanizing communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive their fair share of resources and political representation. Although the movement is starting locally, the goal is to set off a national spark. →

Come To Your Census Toolkits & Resources from Art+Action

Check out the full list of open-source campaign assets for you to use to create powerful calls to action to your communities. Materials are available in multiple languages.

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Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is presented by YBCA and Art+Action, and was developed by a coalition of curators including Martin Strickland, YBCA’s Associate Director of Public Life;Sarah Cathers, YBCA’s Director of Public Life; Amy Kisch, Art+Action Founder + Artistic Director of Social Impact ; Brittany Ficken, Art+Action Executive Producer + Project Director; Candace Huey of re.riddle, and curator Ashara Ekundayo—supported by Art+Action’s Curatorial Committee comprised of Micki Meng, Founder of Art & and Friends Indeed Gallery; Dorothy Santos, writer, curator, and artist; Christo Oropeza, Founder of Incline Gallery; Rozz Nash, Founder of The People’s Conservatory; Meklit Hadero, YBCA’s Chief of Program; and Isabel Yrigoyen, YBCA’s Curator of Performing Arts.

Art+Action is supported by Funding from the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs, City and County of San Francisco (OCEIA), Heidy Braverman and David Skinner, Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Sushmita Subramanian and Theo Brower, Sonya Yu, and powerful communities dedicated to creativity + transformation.


Come to Your Census: Who Counts in America? is made possible in part by Arline Klatte and Jonathan Ennis and an anonymous donor. Special thanks to Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.

Ana Teresa Fernández and Arleene Correa Valencia’s SOMOS VISIBLES (WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE) is made possible with the generous support of Levi’s.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Kenneth Rainin Foundation, with additional funding from Grosvenor, the National Endowment for the Arts,, and YBCA Members.

YBCA Engagement is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the California Arts Council, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Kimball Foundation, Koret Foundation, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and Anonymous.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.