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Urbano Project
Jamaica Plain, MA
Urbano Project brings together urban teens and professional artists to ignite social change through participatory works of contemporary art and performance. Together we are developing future generations of artists and leaders committed to an equitable and sustainable Boston.
Los Angeles, CA
UTOPIA/dystopia project activities engaged both long standing and new area residents of Skid Row--including the homeless and formerly homeless, the working poor, immigrants and their families, and the area's burgeoning loft-living population--in performances, art installations, and public events to inform and broaden the public discourse on development in the city of Los Angeles. In recent years, civic policy in Los Angeles has generated the twin towers of utopia and dystopia: Bunker Hill, the redeveloped high rise financial center, and below it Skid Row.
New York, NY
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Once a year, in February, March, and April, playwright and activist Eve Ensler allows groups around the world to produce a performance of her play, The Vagina Monologues, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers.
Valerie Martinez
Albuquerque, NM
Valerie is a poet, educator, activist and collaborative artist who descends from Pueblo, Dinè and Hispanic ancestors in the Southwest US.  For the past fifteen years, she has worked with children, young adults, adults, teachers, and elders in a wide range of community engagement programs. Her work is dedicated to transformational change in communities through cooperative art.
Valerie Martinez
Albuquerque, NM
Increasingly, my creative work resides in the collaboration between artists (working in different mediums) and members of diverse communities. This work combines my belief and practice in a rigorous creative process that challenges traditional notions of "Art" and "Community Art." As Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe, I continue to witness individual and community transformation as a result of sustained creative engagement--artists working with members of communities to tell their stories as well as imagine and manifest a collective vision.
Venice Arts
Venice, CA
Established in 1993, Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and to use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.
Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School
New York, NY
Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists.
Vermont Arts Council
Montpelier, VT
The Vermont Arts Council was founded in 1964 on a simple and powerful premise: that the arts enrich lives, expand minds, and form a vital thread in the fabric of Vermont community life. The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression. It finds enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing inspiration to Vermont citizens and visitors in every corner of the state. It advocates for and supports the arts as a central part of education for all people.
Vermont International Film Foundation & Festival
Burlington, VT
yearly festival of independent films with a special focus on human rights, social issues and the environment and including a Vermont Filmmakers showcase
VH1 Save the Music
New York, NY
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of a child's complete education. The Foundation partners with school districts until instrumental music programs are in place in every public elementary and middle school within the district. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
Victory Gardens
San Francisco, CA
Victory Gardens is a gardening project initiated by artist and designer Amy Franceschini in the Fall of 2006. The project took its inspiration from the historic “war gardens,” but reinvented its concept to a contemporary context. Victory Gardens initially began as a proposal and has now become a project that supports the transition of backyard, front yard, window boxes, rooftops and unused land into food production areas.
Art classes, ceramics painting music digital media and dance Expressive art workshops Cultural community development projects
Voices Breaking Boundaries
Houston, TX
The mission of Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) is to cross borders, sustain dialogue, and incite cultural change through living art. Voices Breaking Boundaries is a nonprofit arts organization that provides a forum for spoken word, visual arts, film, dance, music and multi-media for artists and individuals from a variety of perspectives, backgrounds and countries. The performance series is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County.
Walk With Me - The Movie
Washington, DC
Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, Walk With Me is a feature-length documentary that follows three women who use theater to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centers, the film reveals that one person – one artist – can make a difference. Producer/Director: Tanisha Christie & Ellie Walton Featuring: Lisa Biggs, Rebecca Rice, Anu Yadav and the work of the former Living Stage Theatre Company (a venture of Arena Stage)
Walk With Me - The Movie
Washington, DC
Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, Walk With Me is a feature-length documentary that follows three women who use theater to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centers, the film reveals that one person – one artist – can make a difference.
Walton Arts Center Student Volunteer Corps
Fayetteville, AR
The Student Volunteer Corps is a Walton Arts Center Learning program and a volunteer opportunity for high school students, ages 13-18, who have a strong interest in arts and arts presenting. Participants are selected through a competitive application process.  In this semester long program, participants get a behind the scene look at Walton Arts Center and increase their awareness of the arts and arts presenting business through real-life experience.   Camp War Eagle is a Walton Arts Center Student Volunteer Corps project partner. Student Volunteers: 
Washington Improv Theater
Washington, DC
To unleash the creative power of improv in DC. To engage audiences with performances that exhilarate and inspire. To ignite the spirit of play in Washington with a revolutionary training program. To create a home for improv, connected to the life of the city.  
Washington State Arts Commission
Olympia, WA
The Washington State Arts Commission cultivates a thriving environment for creative expression and appreciation for the arts for the benefit of all.
Providence, RI
WaterFire Providence® is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.
Waterworks Gardens
Renton, WA
Lorna Jordan’s Waterworks Gardens is the first environmental artwork of its kind to combine classical garden design, wastewater treatment infrastructure, and habitat restoration. The project functions to naturally treat storm water, enhance the onsite wetland, provide five garden rooms, and create eight acres of open space for public use. With the garden as a conceptual framework, the project communicates a story about the purification of water.