About the art rebellion

the art rebellion is a platform and resource centering activist art across the U.S. While mainstream arts journalism focuses on well-established artists working in NYC and L.A., we focus on artists in underreported regions and communities.

the art rebellion shares stories of artists who work to make their communities better and amplifies the essential role of artists in our society. Through storytelling and journalism, we operate in solidarity with grassroots artists and empower creatives to make a living and impact through their work.

Meet the creator

Photo of Makeda. Credit: Bria Celest
Photo of Makeda. Credit: Bria Celest

Makeda Easter launched the art rebellion as a monthly newsletter in 2022. She’s an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the Online News Association, the L.A. Press Club, and the Society for Features Journalism. Her journalism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, Chemical & Engineering News, American Theatre, and other publications.

Raised in the South, Makeda grew up dancing and playing music. The arts will always play a crucial role in her life.

She can be reached at: makeda@theartrebellion.net.


the art rebellion is a member of the Tiny News Collective, an initiative that supports voices historically excluded from media and media ownership.

the art rebellion has also been supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, Google News Initiative, the Center for Racial Justice in the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists.