The People’s Arts Collective of New Haven (PAC) is a community of artists, educators and organizers whose mission is to animate and advance social, racial, economic, environmental, and cultural justice in New Haven through art-making and art-making-processes. They particularly encourage the creative agency of women, queer-identifying folks, people of color, and youth. People’s Arts Collective is composed of three distinct organizations that share a guiding mission, a community organizing model, and frequently team up on specific initiatives. Free Artists engage the community through art; Free Skool draws educators and learners from all over New Haven to teach and share for free; LGBTQ* Youth Kickback builds youth leaders within a queer popular education framework. Activists within PAC are working towards a more inclusive, intersectional, and creative city. They want New Haven to prioritize youth voices and to center the needs and ideas of the community, particularly as expressed through the perspectives of historically marginalized populations.
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.