Who We Are
Artists and creatives who understand the power of art to create lasting change.
The Cultural Engagement Lab (CEL) ignites change by collaborating with artists to create irresistible and inspiring content that powers electoral campaigns and creates a more just and equitable world. We provide tools and trainings to support a wide-scale integration of cultural strategy as a core component of any strong political campaign long-term, especially those that engage and inspire young people and people of color.
CEL is the 501(c)4 action arm of The Center for Cultural Power, led by artist and activist, Favianna Rodriguez and a team of artist disruptors practicing in the field for more than a decade.
CEL builds on the legacy of the Citizen Engagement Lab, an early accelerator and incubator of cutting edge digital strategy and digital organizing, former home to Color of Change, Ultraviolet, CoWorker.org, and others.
Favianna Rodriguez is the co-founder and President of The Cultural Engagement Lab and The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization investing in artists and storytellers as agents of positive social change. She is an award-winning artist, cultural strategist, and social movement leader who has partnered with national organizations and progressive advocacy groups to design effective cultural campaigns. In addition to being the visionary behind the Migration Is Beautiful art and narrative, Favianna embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Peruvian roots. Her art and praxis address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and climate change, boldly reshaping the myths, ideas, and cultural practices of the present, while confronting the wounds of the past. A strategy advisor to artists of all genres, Favianna is regarded as one of the leading thinkers and personalities uniting art, culture, and social impact, collaborating deeply with social movements around the world.
Favianna also helps lead cultural strategy design and investment by helping to organize the philanthropic sector, with a focus on foundations addressing gender justice, racial justice, climate change and cultural equity. Favianna’s projects include creating art for Ben & Jerry’s Pecan Resist, partnering with Jill Solloway to create 5050by2020, collaborating with #TimesUp Entertainment, and facilitating immersive artist delegations to the US Mexico border. She is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigration and mass incarceration, and an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change.
Tara Dorabji (she/her) is a writer, storyteller, mother, filmmaker, and cultural strategist at The Cultural Engagement Lab. Her work focuses on themes of militarization, sexual violence, and generational love and is published in Al Jazeera, Tayo Literary Magazine, Huizache, Good Girls Marry Doctors (Small Press Distribution Best Seller), All the Women in My Family Sing, Center for Asian American Media, Mutha, and Chicago Quarterly. She is the recipient of a 2019 Arts Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first film, Here Still, a short documentary on torture in Kashmir was an official selection at the Jaipur International Film Festival. Her career is dedicated to amplifying stories that are often found at the margins. She served as the Development and Communications Director at Youth Speaks, Co-Deputy Director at Streetside Stories, Program Development Director at GreatSchools, and on the Board of Directors at Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation.
Cristina Uribe is a political strategist with over two decades of experience working at the intersection of advocacy and politics. She has held senior management roles at several organizations, including serving as California Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the National Education Association (NEA), and Western Regional Director of EMILY’s List.
Throughout her career Cristina has worked to drive political and social change at the local, state, and national level. She is recognized for her ability to build and manage large, diverse coalitions and organize communities in support of successful statewide and local ballot, legislative, and issue advocacy campaigns.
As a consultant, Cristina specializes in providing strategic counsel and project management to a wide range of organizations. She works with labor unions, non-profits, and advocacy groups to develop plans and implement strategies that include campaign management, coalition building, research, facilitation, and training. Her current and previous projects include America Votes, Civic Action Fund, Way to Win, Power California, Progressive Era Project, and Committee on States. She currently serves on the boards of the Health Access Foundation, and Faith in Public Life Action.