Initiated by artist Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-) with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the CareForce is an ongoing set of public art projects amplifying the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce — caregivers. The CareForce consists of two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), a Tribeca Film Institute-supported app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” performances and choreographies, printed works, and CareForce One Travelogues, a Sundance-supported film series for PBS/ITVS co-produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede.

About the film: A humorous and touching road tale, the CareForce One Travelogues features Marisa, her son Choco, and their buddy Anjum Asharia as they travel from their homes in NYC to Miami in a fifty-year old station wagon, the CareForce One. Meeting up with nannies, housekeepers, caregivers, and allies along the way, this series explores how care intersects with some of today's most pressing issues — immigration, the legacies of slavery, racial discrimination, and more.

On November 16, 2019, at the Visible Foundation, an international jury for socially engaged work assembling at Paris' L'Hotel de Ville, the CareForce announces a brand new iniative — the CarePod, a cooperative, urban-scale housing solution promoting collectivized home-ownership for caregivers and quality care for elders. Responding to the economic precarity of America’s domestic workers, the shortage of affordable quality care faced by elders, and the social isolation endemic to caregivers and care-providers alike, the CarePod is a cooperative, urban-scale housing solution promoting collectivized home-ownership for caregivers while fully embracing the reality that behind every individual who needs care is a superhero team, or “careforce.”

The CarePod builds on the work of Marisa, NDWA, and MIT Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism Rafi Segal internationally recognized for his design of urban-scale cooperatives in the U.S., Rwanda, Israel, and Southeast Asia.

Excerpting from The Age of Dignity (The New Press, 2016) written by NDWA Founder Ai-jen Poo, “A CarePod consists of four two-bedroom apartments grouped around a garden; looking from a bird’s eye point of view this would form the shape of a plus. Care receivers live on the bottom floor and caregivers live on top. The caregiver pays an initial fee to join the coop and cares for those who live below. Over the course of fifteen years, the caregiver earns credits towards owning their own unit, and when they themselves need care, they will in turn receive care.” In addition to the CarePod’s physical footprint, Rafi, Marisa, and CareForce stakeholders will envision integrating scalable digital-to-urban features. Examples include a “CareBank,” (ways to provide care and bank the hours for use later), ways to manage and collect benefits, and a platform to ensure families and caregivers stay informed about a client’s care needs.

In Summer 2020, the CarePod will be workshopped at MIT along with a team of architects, engineers, artists, caregivers, care-receivers, Marisa, and CareForce teammates. Course leader Rafi Segal, who has taught a seminar on collectives at MIT since 2016, authored several books on the topic, and worked with communities on creating shared-use spaces, notes, “Today, architecture’s strongest potential is its ability to express and engender our common values.”

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Episode 1: Car Troubles, Care Troubles (NYC)

Marisa, Choco and Anjum set off for Miami in their 50-year old superhero-themed station wagon, the CareForce One, as part of a project exploring domestic worker justice, only to find themselves challenged by care and cars before they even leave.

“Everyone in America should see this film.”
Saskia Sassen, Sociologist, Columbia University

“[CareForce One Travelogues] focuses on an American experience that’s not often in the foreground of popular culture: caregiving.”

“Careforce One Travelogues draws new connections between women’s work, race and class.”

“Marisa Jahn’s [work] exemplifies the possibilities of art as social practice.”

“I had been working as a nanny for the past 15 years. On the day that I saw the CareForce One, I decided I was ready to become a leader.”
Ana Cipoletta, worker-leader with Matahari Women’s Worker Center in Boston


Previous highlights include exhibitions/presentations at the Van Abbe Museum (Netherlands), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum, keynotes at Open Engagement and University of Michigan Penny Stamps Lecture Series, interactive exhibitions at The White House State of Women 2016, National Nanny Training Day, Harvard University School of Public Health, MIT, and more.

Nov 6-Dec 10, 2019 | CareForce prints in Museum of Capitalism at The New School (New York City)

Fri Nov 8, 2019 | Keynote Speech at NeON Digital Arts Festival (Dundee, Scotland)

Sat Nov 16, 2019 | CarePod Announced at Visible Foundation Shortlist Jury (L'Hotel de Ville, Paris, France)

Mon, Sept 23, 2019 | UC Berkeley - BAMPFA (Osher Auditorium) (Bay Area, CA)

June 16, 2019 | Creative Capital Retreat, Bard College

Jan 26, 2019 | Stamps Gallery at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Screening and panel with caregivers, Michigan United

Jan 24, 2019 | University of Michigan, Penny Stamps Speaker Series (Ann Arbor, MI)

Thurs, Nov 8th, 2018 (5-7 pm) | Rutgers University
CareForce Screening + Conversation with Yana Rogers and local NJ domestic workers

Event Co-presenters: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Labor Education Action Research Network Program, Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department, New Labor, Rutgers AAUP and Rutgers Global

Past Events
Thurs, Oct 18th, 2018 | MIT (Comparative Media Studies/Writing + Art, Culture, Technology)

Presentation about the CareForce and other interactive media.
Introduction by Sasha Costanza Introduction by Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor, MIT CMS/W
Respondents: Jane M. Hussein Saks, President + Artistic Director, Project &
Steve Seidel, Director, Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tues, Oct 9th, 2018 | Syracuse University

Presentation about the CareForce and other interactive media

Saturday, June 23, 2018 (6 pm) | Oral History Project Summer School
Public Library in Hudson NY

Refreshments and childcare provided!

Friday June 15, 2018 (2-3:30 pm) | Allied Media Project

State Hall: Room 106, Wayne State University
Track: Shaping Stories, Building Power

Wed, June 4 (2-3 pm ET): "How We End"

A Tweet Chat hosted by Caring Across Generations featuring a panel of experts to discuss the culture, economics, and architect of end-of-life care. Panelists include Aisha Adkins (Our Turn 2 Care), Katherine A. Bell (Barron's), Amy Goyer (AARP), Sarita Gupta (Caring Across Generations), Marisa Morán Jahn (MIT, CareForce), Harald Bryn-Lund Lima (Municipality of Sandnes, Norway), Jenna McDavid (Diverse Elders), Liz Mazurski (End Well).

May 1st (May Day!) 2018 | PBS/ITVS Indie Lens Storycast

Release of CareForce One Travelogues on Indie Lens Storycast, a YouTube series of short docuseries created by indie filmmakers that ITVS launched in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.

Wed, April 25, 2018 (7-8:30 pm) | MIT

Hosted by MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Co-Presented by MIT Open Doc Lab and MIT Dept of Art, Culture, Technology

Marisa Morán Jahn, Artist; Film Series Producer; Lecturer, MIT ACT, Founder, Studio REV-
Worker Leaders from Matahari Women Workers' Center
Sasha Constanza-Chock, Associate Professor, MIT Comparative Media Studies and Writing
Paul Osterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research

April 2, 2018 | Bowdoin College, Maine

Artist's talk by Marisa Morán Jahn + film screening.

April 17, 2018 | UC Berkeley Law School

Pamela Torno, Series Producer of Digital Initiatives at ITVS.
Marisa Morán Jahn, Artist, film series producer, UC Berkeley Alum
René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California; previous Director of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; UC Berkeley alum.
KEYNOTE: Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur Genius; Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-founder, Caring Across Generations.

Tues, April 24, 2018 | Harvard University

Sheila Leddy, Fledgling Fund
Marisa Morán Jahn, Artist; Film Series Producer; Lecturer, MIT Art Culture Technology, Founder, Studio REV-
Emily Spieler, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law; expert in labor and employment law
Natalicia Tracy, PhD, Executive Director, Brazilian Worker Center; Lecturer in Sociology, Boston University

Sat March 17, 2018 (2-4 pm) | Brooklyn Museum
East Coast Premiere with keynote speaker Saskia Sassen

Following the 30 minute screening, join participating artists, scholars, advocates, and musicians:
Hrag Vartanian (Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Hyperallergic)
Roxanne Baker, death doula
Allison Julian
(National Domestic Workers Alliance, We Dream In Black)
Ilana Berger (Hand in Hand: Domestic Employer Network)

M Peach (Mariana Martin Capriles)
Dj Ripley (Larissa Kingston Mann)
Narbada Chetri (Adhikaar) will sing a revolutionary Nepali song

Suzy DelValle, President, Creative Capital
Beka Economopoulos, Co-Founder, Not An Alternative & The Natural History Museum
Kendal Henry, Director, Percent for Art Program in the City of New York
Christiane Paul, Curator, The Whitney; Dir/Chief Curator, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School/Parsons
Betsy Richards, Director, Creative Strategies and Public Programs, Opportunity Agenda; Indigenous arts advocate
Cameron Russell, Model, Cultural Producer, Activist
Lina Srivastava, Creative Impact Strategist, Ciel
Tricia Wang, Tech Ethnographer; co-founder of Sudden Compass and Magpie Kingdom

Sat March 10, 2018 (4 pm) | Pérez Art Museum Miami

Celebrate the world premiere of CareForce One Travelogues with a 30 minute screening followed by a program featuring artists, thinkers, advocates including Studio REV-'s Marisa Morán Jahn, June Barrett (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Marcia Olivo (Miami Worker Center), and Andrea Mercado (New Florida Majority).

July 2, 2017 | Inaugural Exhibition at Love Apple Farm

CareForce silkscreens and related media in a group exhibition curated by Jennie Lamensdorf (Art-in-Buildings). Other artists include other artists include Michael Mandiberg, Debra Priestly, Jean Shin, Paul Anthony Smith, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Elizabeth White, and others

Mon June 12 (7 pm), 2017 | Presentation and Panel, YYZ (Toronto)

The CareForce's Marisa Jahn presents the CareForce in conversation with Kwentong Bayan, a collective creating a comic book documenting the leadership and organizing work of Filipin@ / Filipinx caregivers, and moderator Marissa Largo (artist, curator, educator). Christine Shaw, Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, will speak about Take Care, a series exhibitions, workshops, and publications on the crisis of care.

June 17 - Aug 20, 2017 | Museum of Capitalism (Oakland)

Check out CareForce artwork at The Museum of Capitalism, an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism.

Tues May 9, 2017 | Artist's Talk at Bennington College, VT

Sun April 23, 2017 (12-2 pm) | CareForce Disco at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago

Sat April 22, 2017 (7:30 pm) | Featured Presentation/Keynote: Marisa Morán Jahn and Ai-jen Poo, Open Engagement at University of Illinois, Chicago

A presentation and conversation that explores the intersection between creativity, caregiving, feminism, immigration, socio-economic and racial justice.

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 4-6 pm | Closing Reception for 'Revolution at Point Zero' Exhibition at Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago

An exhibition curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Mel Hilliard Potter about the feminist legacy and contributions to socially-engaged art. Other featured artists include Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Las Nietas de Nonó, Fem Appeal, and others.

Thurs Apr 13, 2017 | Panel + Workshop, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Jan 14, 2017 (1-4 pm) | CareForce at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Dance, children's activities, tips and takeways. Special Guest Appearance by domestic workers from the Miami Worker Center!

Nov 28, 2016-Jan 13 2017 | 'Autotopia: Road Trip to Cold War' Exhibition at BakeHouse Art Complex (Miami, FL)

A group exhibition curated by Elvis Fuentes that explores the huge impact that the auto industry has had in the visual arts of Latin America and Europe, as well as the emergence of Miami as a city of highways and point of convergence for so many immigrant artists who have left an imprint since the Cold War to the present.

Nov 3/4, 2016-Jan 2017 | 'Hidden Assembly' Exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR)

Prints, kits, and collectible cards included in a group exhibition curated by Yaelle Amir organized around the theme of invisible labor and global capital.

Aug 26-Oct 21, 2016 | 'Hidden Assembly' Exhibition at SPACES (Cleveland)

Prints, kits, and collectible cards included in a group exhibition curated by Yaelle Amir organized around the theme of invisible labor and global capital.

Apr 7-Aug 14, 2016 | Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum (NYC)

As part of the AgitProp! exhibition on view, visitors are invited to point their phone at the collectible cards and poster to access animated micro-videos bringing you voices from the frontlines of care.

June 18, 2016 | Design Studio for Social Innovation Pop Rox + Matahari Womens' Worker Center

The CareForce One joins an afternoon of public art in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood followed by a party with Matahari celebrating International Domestic Workers' Day.

June 18, 2016, 4-6 pm (NYC) | Intl' Domestic Worker Day Celebration at Barnard College

Team CareForce joins up with NYC-based domestic workers to facilitate a CareForce Disco

June 14, 2016, 8-6 pm | White House State of Women (Washington, D.C.)

A summit advancing the health, education, and socio-economic strength of women across America convened by the White House.

June 4th, 2016, 5-8 pm | Dance Workshop + Mobile Studio at Brooklyn Museum's Family Day (NYC)

From 5-6 pm, the public is invited to join a workshop accompanying the AgitProp! exhibition. A workshop co-choreographed with facilitators Marisa Morán Jahn, Rockafella, and Vero Ramirez, participants will pick up new bumpin’ dance moves (for any levels and any body types) while learning about the family and worker-led movement based on the principle of Fair Care=Quality Care. At 6 pm, we’ll share out these moves around the CareForce One, hear live stories by The Moth, and passersby can pick up FairCare toolkits.

April 29th, 2016, 5-9 pm (dance at 5:15-6 pm) | Dance Workshop + Mobile Studio at Open Engagement 2016: Power. The Oakland Museum (Bay Area, CA)

Join the CareForce One + live singing by domestic worker superhero Guillermina Castellanos to kick off this annual conference about socially engaged art.

Apr 7-Aug 14, 2016 | Workshop + Mobile Studio at National Nanny Training Day (Cambridge)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Tang Center, 2 Amherst Street, Floor 3, Cambridge, MA 02139
Hosts: Hosts: Matahari and CareAcademy

Join the CareForce One and 250 nannies in co-choreographing a new dance about the growing movement for caregivers’ rights! Our workshop will take place at lunchtime but you can catch the car on view throughout the conference and take home a CareForce Legal Kit and superhero-themed collectible cards featuring stories from those at the frontlines of care.

mid-Apr, 2016 | Outreach + Mobile Studio (Boston)

Join the MA Coalition for Domestic Workers and Brazilian Worker Center for outreach to workers at pit stops throughout Boston’s libraries, parks, community centers, transit hubs, and public spaces.

March 30, 2016, 5-8 pm | Workshop + Mobile Studio Northeastern University's Center for the Arts (Boston)

“Designing a CareForce Toolkit for the Panini Generation”
Using drawing and movement, participants will brainstorm innovative tools to help bolster the FairCare movement and reach younger generations. This workshop is open to NEU students and is a component of Dr. Alessandra Renzi’s course, “The Border as Medium.”

March 29, 2016, 4:30-6 pm | Reception for CareForce One mobile studio
Northeastern Crossing (Boston)

1175 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Hosts: Northeastern University’s Social Impact Lab in partnership with Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern Crossing, Northeastern Center for the Arts, and Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research.

Join the CareForce's Marisa Morán Jahn and Natalicia Tracy (Exec Dir, Brazilian Worker Center) for a reception that caps off a day-long symposium (“Making a Difference in a Complex World: Reimagining the Social Change Toolkit”) of thought-provoking conversations and practical workshops on responding to complex humanitarian crises, mapping networks and systems, collaborative problem solving, the power of policy and public office to address systemic problems and more.

Feb 27, 2016 | Workshop at EFA Project Space, NYC

Workshop for an accompanying exhibition entitled Let Down Reflex. Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (323 W. 39th St., 2nd Fl, NYC). Curated by Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn with sessions led by Maiko Tanaka, Christa Donner, and Marisa Morán Jahn, this workshop explores structural questions at the intersection of the art worker, care and social reproduction.

February 26, 2016 | Panel at Transcultural Exchange (Boston)

The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities. Marisa Morán Jahn joins author Harvard professor Doris Sommer and others in a panel about social engagement.

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Nov 17 and 18, 2015 - New York City

CareForce drawing workshops at Pay It Forward, a symposium at Fieldston Ethical Culture Society, The New School and New York University.

Sept 14-23, 2015 - York, PA to DC

100 Miles 100 Women. The CareForce joins one hundred women on a 100-mile pilgrimage from a detention center in York County, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. Set to arrive when the Pope will be speaking in Congress and meeting with the President, we will walk carrying stories from a site of human suffering to the Pope with a message of human dignity.

6/18/15 - Detroit

Domestic Worker Disco at the Allied Media Conference

6/16/15 - New York City

Domestic Worker Disco Dance Practice to honor International Domestic Workers Day

6/13/15 - 8/30/15 - Stamford, CT

Exhibition at Franklin Street Works: Acting on Dreams Exhibition curated by Yaelle Amir. Other artists: Andrea Bowers, CultureStrike & JustSeeds, Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani, Ghana ThinkTank, Jenny Polak, Favianna Rodriguez, and QUEEROCRACY in collaboration with Carlos Motta.

Context: Why Creative Care Solutions Are Urgent Today

"Caring is a team sport that seeks to win the care system we collectively need — and creativity is key to achieving this goal."

Ai Jen Poo

Founder, the National Domestic Workers Alliance;
Co-Founder, Caring Across Generations;

Our Story, Our Solutions

Artist Marisa Morán Jahn is part of the ‘Sandwich (or Panini) Generation’ who feels squeezed between the caregiving needs of both generations. “Caregivers play an essential role in teaching my toddler new skills, ensuring my grandmother stays healthy, and allowing me to go to work. The well-being of my family relies on these amazing women and I want to make sure they are in turn well-cared for. We together form a critically interdependent CareForce that inspires me.”

In 2012, Jahn and her teammates created the Domestic Worker App (accessible by even the most basic flip phone) — think Click and Clack on NPR’s Car Talk but for nannies — which CNN included on its list of “5 apps that can change the world.” Next came the NannyVan, a bright orange mobile design studio and sound lab that accelerates the movement for domestic workers rights. In 2014, the NannyVan drove over 3500 miles, reached 10,000 individuals, and millions more through international media. Gleaning and sharing tips along the way, the team created a suite of other tools for domestic workers like a sample bilingual contract, know-your-rights tools (see below), and more.

After her grandmother spent the twighlight of her life in her home with a thoughtful caregiver, Jahn increased focus on ways to involve domestic employers in the movement for quality, dignified care. Carrying forward the previous projects' self-same superhero zeal and framed as the "CareForce," Jahn and team began creating art, animations, and interactive media for cultural venues visited by those who employ caregivers. Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede (SALTY Features) joined the team as a Producer to produce the film series, CareForce One Travelogues, to share the story to an even broader audience.



  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Sundance

  • Fledgling Fund
  • Tribeca Film Institute
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • MAP Fund
  • NuLawLab
  • Franklin Furnace
  • MIT Open Documentary Lab
  • Asian Women Giving Circle


Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-)

Marisa Morán Jahn

An artist of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a non-profit organization whose public art and creative media with low-wage workers, immigrants, and teens has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Forum, BBC; showcased at The White House, Museum of Modern Art, PBS; and awarded grants from Creative Capital, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance, NEA, and Anonymous Was a Woman which recognizes mid-career artists who have achieved significant accomplishments. For two decades she has taught k-12 youth. She has taught at The New School, Teachers College at Columbia University, and MIT's Program in Art, Culture, and Technology, her alma mater.


Yael Melamede

Yael Melamede is the co-founder of SALTY Features, an independent production company based in NYC whose goal is to create media that is provocative, vital, and enhances the world. Her recent works include "(DIS)HONESTY: The Truth About Lies” (with Dan Ariely); INOCENTE (Oscar, Best Doc Short); WHEN I WALK (directed/written by Jason Da Silva and Alice Cook); BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN (written/directed by John Krasinski and based on the book by David Foster Wallace); THE INNER LIFE OF MARTIN FROST (written/directed by Paul Auster); and MY ARCHITECT (directed by Nathaniel Kahn and nominated for an Academy Award in 2004. She is currently working on a project exploring hate with Steven Spielberg.

Ai-jen Poo (NDWA & CAG)

Ai-jen Poo

You may have seen Ai-jen Poo with Meryl Streep at the 2018 Golden Globes, supporting the #TimesUp initiative to combat sexual harassment and inequality. Ai-jen Poo, MacArthur “Genius” and one of Fortune’s "50 World’s Greatest Leaders," founded National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Poo also co-founded Caring Across Generations which transforms the way we care in this country through culture change work; local, state and federal policy advocacy; online campaigning; and field activities and civic engagement.


CareForce Team

Co-Pilot and Co-Producer: Anjum Asharia
Director & Director of Photography, Main Editor: Marc Shavitz
Editors: Saleem Reshamwala, Lizzie Minges (trailer)
Film crew: Elana Meyers, Nick Capezzera, Mark Stetson
Taehee Whang
Noelia Dominguez
Anya Krawcheck
Eric Siegel