CitizenFEST is a festive learning summit on how to exercise civic power, held in three communities across the country. Activists, artists, and everyday citizens come together for a unique blend of art, creativity, and the concrete skills of effective change-making. Our country needs more people to show up in more places to practice power in more ways. Join us!

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How do you get your voice heard? How do you change a rigged system? How do you stir others out of apathy or connect with those with whom you disagree? We’ll tackle these questions and more in a day and a half of skill-building workshops, artistic performances, and deep community conversations. Participants will leave with practical strategies of civic power to apply in their own work, new connections with community members, and new ideas and inspiration for the work at hand.

Our goal is to make registration as accessible and inclusive as possible, which is why it’s free to attend CitizenFEST. Check back soon for more information about registering.

We’ll share more information soon about event schedules, presenters, and more. Stay tuned!


CitizenFEST was born in part from our long-running National Conference that we’ve held in Seattle for over a decade. It’s a special gathering. And in recent years, we’ve been asked to bring our conference experience to other parts of the country – and to people who can’t get to Seattle. We’ll be on the road with CitizenFEST for 2018, so we’ve made our National Conference a biannual gathering – which means we’ll be back in Seattle for the next one March 22 & 23, 2019.

May 11-12: New Orleans, LA

in partnership with the Family Independence Initiative

Learn more about this past event here.


September 7-8: Dallas, TX

in partnership with the Embrey Family Foundation

Learn more and register here.


October 12-13: Memphis, TN

in partnership with The Fourth Bluff