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The Gabriella Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
We are The Gabriella Foundation. Our Mission is to transform the lives of underserved youth in Los Angeles through high quality dance instruction. We work toward Mission fulfillment through living, breathing values of igniting passion and fostering empowerment, shaping excellence with care, forging a supportive community, and committing to integrity and accountability. 
The Heart of Arab America: A Middle School Perspective
Dearborn, MI
This year’s seventh graders – 12 and 13 years old – are the first Americans to grow up with no memory of time before the searing events of Sept. 11, 2001. As the country approaches the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this fall, a class of middle school journalism students from McCollough-Unis School in Dearborn invites the public to share the stories of their lives and their community by viewing an exhibition at the Arab American National Museum. Of the 29 students in the public school class, 28 are Arab American.
The HUNGER Project
Philadelphia, PA
HUNGER, PHILADELPHIA is a site-specific, three-phase project.The piece draws from the use of kaolin (a kind of clay), which is used within various cultures for nutrition in the absence of other food sources and examines hunger from a global perspective while responding and contributing to the local community hosting its art-exhibition phase. McCracken draws attention to the need for nutritious food sources for indigent populations within our own community and educates youth about proper nutrition.
The Institute for Photographic Empowerment
Venice, CA
The mission of the Institute for Photographic Empowerment (IPE) is to support the study and practice of participant–produced documentary projects in photography, film, and digital media. The Institute is a resource for people from around the globe—photographers, filmmakers, academics, researchers, and project participants—to share ideas, learn from one another, and develop the field.
The Laramie Project
New York, NY
The Laramie Project is a play created by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project in reaction to the brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. In what is widely believed to have been a homophobic hate crime, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a fencepost, where he was left to die. The Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie a month after the murder. Over the course of the next year, company members conducted more than 200 interviews with residents of the town.
The Learning Hub
Worcester, MA
The Learning Hub is focused on creating a network of STEAM resources for K-6 children. We offer low cost tutoring and free Maker STEAM classes at your local library to broaden learning opportunities. From paint labs, food sustainability lessons, writing workshops and science experiments, we are constantly inventing ways to enhance a child's interest in learning.   ​ Our mission is to revitalize the local libraries and increase access of educational supplements for students and families despite financial standings.
The Living Well
Baltimore, MD
The Living Well is an urban sanctuary designed to provide a living space for community consumption. Our menu of offerings represent entrees from a variety of living arts services such as dance, music, djembe drumming, self defense, financial wellness, information and dialogue circles. A collective of community practitioners and agents of change offer passionate, focused and progressive forums for individual/community growth and development. We are dedicated to individual and community change by way of:
The Lynch Quilts Project
Indianapolis, IN
The Lynch Quilts Project is a community based effort, which examines the history and ramifications of racial violence, especially lynching, in the United States of America through the textile tradition of quilting. Join us in weaving a new future towards memory, community healing and social justice - past and present.
The Medea Project
San Francisco, CA
The Media Project is organized by The Culture Odyssey, an organization that supports the creative practices of Rhodessa Jones and her Co-Artistic Director Idris Achamoor. The project creates performances for womens prisons that are intended to serve as a method of rehabilitation and awareness of what their lives are like behind bars. Jones created this project to show the public how women are treated during their time served and the feelings they have about themselves and the outside world. 
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Washington, DC
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local Foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s. An outstanding civic leader known for his generosity, Morris Cafritz established the Foundation in 1948.
The Moxie Institute
San Francisco, CA
The Moxie Institute has made a name for itself creating and distributing socially minded films in exciting new ways. Engaging people in the powerful social, political, and cultural issues that are shaping the 21st century requires effective use of the emerging technologies that are changing the way that information is exchanged and absorbed, and that communities are established.
The Municipal Art Society of New York
New York, NY
The Municipal Art Society is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city. For 120 years, MAS—a nonprofit membership organization—has been committed to promoting New York City’s economic vitality, cultural vibrancy, environmental sustainability and social diversity. Working to protect the best of New York’s existing landscape, from landmarks and historic districts to public open spaces, MAS encourages visionary design, planning and architecture that promote resilience and the livability of New York.
The Neighborhood Story Project
New Orleans, LA
In 2004, the Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) was founded by Rachel Breunlin and Abram Himelstein as a book-making project based in the neighborhoods where they live and work.  Following its mission, “Our stories told by us,” the NSP work with writers in neighborhoods around New Orleans to create books about their communities. The NSP is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in partnership with the University of New Orleans.
The New Victory Theater
New York, NY
Devoted to kids and families since 1995, The New Victory brings kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Serving the community in all its diversity, The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street presents international theater, dance, circus, opera and music to young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates. As the largest provider of live performance to NYC schools and after school programs, the New Vic invites new audiences to experience the performing arts for the very first time.
The Penelope Project
Milwaukee, WI
The Penelope Project uses the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey to engage an entire long term care community in the creative process. Its goal was to improve the quality of life of people who live, work, and visit in a long term care setting through creative engagement. Discussion groups, movement exercises, visual art, stories, and music were at the heart of this multi-year project that culminated in 2011 in the performance, FINDING PENELOPE, a professionally produced play written by Ann Basting, inside the care facility.
The Permanent Wave
New York, NY
  Permanent Wave is a network of feminist artists and activists. We want to challenge gender inequality as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, and we want you to join us. We believe that women should see each other as collaborators and inspirations, not rivals. We want to continue the feminist movement that began generations ago by creating a movement that’s relevant to women, queer, and trans people today.   Join our listserve! Send an email to to sign up.
The Purple Heart Integration Project
Georgetown, TX
The Purple Heart Integration Project is developing “America's Purple Heart City” in Georgetown Texas.
The Race
Washington, DC
A Sojourn Theatre collaboration with Georgetown University led by Sojourn artistic director Michael Rohd, The Race was a series of public events, investigations, performance dialogues, reconstructions, and productions that spanned the fall term 2008. In the 2007-2008 school year, a team of Georgetown University faculty, students and artists, led by guest artist Michael Rohd, assembled and began to ask the questions that set in motion the planning for the campaign that is The Race.
The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY
The Foundation works to achieve its goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities through smart globalization. The Rockefeller Foundation focuses its resources on five related issue areas including basic survival safeguards, global health, climate & the environment, urbanization, and social & economic security.
The Rwanda Healing Project
Launched in 2004, this multi-faceted program deals with the grief of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and offers education, development, and hope for life in the future. Working with genocide survivors in the Rugerero District near Gisenyi, Barefoot Artists has completed a beautiful Genocide Memorial Park which has become the official memorial site for the area. We have launched a number of programs to transform the physical and human environment of the Rugerero Survivors’ Village through art, health, community, and economic development initiatives.