FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. FORCE designs communications campaigns to generate media attention and get millions of people talking. Nationally known for producing large-scale public art projects, FORCE believes that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in America to face the realities of sexual violence, and envision a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent.
FORCE’s expertise on survivor-led advocacy is nationally recognized. FORCE’s staff has presented at the National Sexual Assault Conference, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault Women of Color Network, Tennessee Coalition Against Sexual Assault Annual Prevention Conference, Louisiana Conference on Sexual Assault and Family Violence, and North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault Prevention Training, in addition to local and national anti-violence, communications, art and media conferences. Leadership team members have presented about the intersection of the Monument Quilt with a range of issues at conferences that include the 2016 Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Take Root, and Strong Women Strong Nation at the National Museum of the American Indian. FORCE has also hosted trainings and webinars for more than 30 colleges and organizations, including the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois, the Army SHARP program, and Native Alliance Against Violence.
In 2017, Chief Operating Officer Saida Agostini was named one of 21 leaders to participate in the fourth cycle of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation. FORCE is a recipient of the 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize. In 2015, FORCE's co-founder Hannah Brancato was named as a OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. FORCE has received funding and support through foundations that include Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Art Matters Foundations, the Krieger Fund, and Baltimore Community Foundation.
FORCE's Leadership Team currently includes:
Greg Grey Cloud
Leigh Ann Sham