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Watts House Project
Los Angeles, CA
Watts House Project (WHP) is an ongoing, artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment effort centered in East 107th Street in South Los Angeles, across from the historic Watts Towers. Inspired by the iconic Towers and the history of the neighborhood in which they exist, WHP recognizes the fundamental role that art and architecture can play in economic and community development. The effort engages local residents, artists, and architects, who work in collaboration to re-imagine the neighborhood through art-based housing renovations and community activism.
We Got Issues!
Ridgewood, NY
We Got Issues! is dedicated to cultivating a new brand of feminine centered leadership and social political activism. WGI! empowers young women who seek to use their creative talents and expression to better themselves, their communities, and society as a whole through leadership training, the performing arts, authentic dialogue, and civic engagement. The We Got Issues!
We the People: A Giant Screen Film & a Nation of Ideas Social Learning Environment Project
Kansas City, MS
An original 40 minute documentary giant screen (IMAX) film about the founding principles of American Democracy created in collaboration with National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, and Kansas State University. The film is narrated by Morgan Freeman and Kenny Rogers.
Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay
Brooklyn, NY
Welcome to Camp America is a conceptual documentary photo book and touring exhibition combining vivid, unexpected imagery, original government documents and first-person texts to convey the absurdity and disorientation of Guantánamo Bay, America's extrajudicial offshore prison paradise. Drawing on her 12 years practicing as a civil rights lawyer, artist Debi Cornwall employs empathy and dark humor to engage audiences and provoke new questions about choices made in the name of our satefy since September 11.
Welcome to the NeighborHOOD
San Francisco, CA
The collaboration with 16 youth from Literacy for Environmental Justice and seven, environmental and socially conscious artists, has culminated in the creation of an interactive installation in the newly opened EcoCenter, San Francisco’s first off the grid public building and environmental education center. The Multidisciplinary Artwork was created between 2008-2010 and explores environmental and social justice issues facing the community of Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP), as seen through the youth’s eyes.
West of Lincoln Project
Documents life growing up in Venice, CA and the powerful insights that come from street smarts.
What America Needs
Minneapolis, MN
What America Needs uses the video documentary interview method to engage and empower poeple. Asking the question, "What do you think America needs?" people are invited to find the answers within themselves. Director Mark Wojahn believes that this can start a chain reaction of awareness. Discussion that follows can lead to further activism. He has been crossing the USA for the last 12 years asking this question. He invites organizations to use his movie and model to develop awareness and to empower voters.
What Do You Do?
Baltimore, MD
WHAT DO YOU DO? is an interview-theatre project in Baltimore, MD. The title question can be hard to answer for people who are unemployed, underemployed, or pursuing an unpaid passion while working another gig for pay.
What I Want My Words To Do To You
New York, NY
“What I Want My Words To Do To You” offers an unprecedented look into the minds and hearts of the women inmates of New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The film goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, consisting of 15 women, most of whom were convicted of murder. Through a series of exercises and discussions, the women delve into their pasts and explore the nature of their crimes and the extent of their own culpability.
What is American culture?
What is American culture? While many countries long ago defined their culture and heritage, our culture is less easily described. A recent New York Times essay on identity raised thought-provoking questions about the diversity and fluidity of the American experience, rather than attempting answers.
What's New
Minneapolis , MN
Inspired by unprecedented demographic urban changes, an expansion in the immigrant and refugee communities, and growth in high density urban living juxtaposed with the devastation of rising home foreclosures, in 2006 OverExposure undertook “What’s New,” a three-year documentary photography project.
When Women Pursue Justice
Brooklyn, NY
In October 2005, Artmakers Inc. completed its 3,300 square foot mural When Women Pursue Justice. When Women Pursue Justice celebrates 90 women who led or participated in movements for social change in the United States over the past 150 years. Native and foreign-born, Native American, and women of color, these women often risked life and liberty to achieve voting rights, civil rights and racial justice, health and reproductive rights, gay rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice and protection, and workplace/arts access and equality.
White Salmon Arts Council
White Salmon, WA
The mission of the Arts Council is: • To develop and promote artists and the arts through educational opportunities; • To foster a spirit of community and goodwill through art marketing relationships with local businesses; and • To build an area wide arts community through art-inspired programs and events. We physically and financially support community and school arts programs, produce and support community events, and provide opportunities for our members to succeed and prosper as artists.
Whitman Institute in SF
San Francisco, CA
TWI supports processes and programs that help people to improve their thinking and decision making. TWI is especially interested in the use of cross-perspective dialogue to promote critical and collaborative thinking. TWI is explicitly process-oriented, rather than issue-oriented, and this orientation is the thread that links their funding in civic engagement, leadership development, education, and other areas.
Whitney Frazier
Baltimore, MD
Why Democracy?
Cape Town, AK
WHY DEMOCRACY? is a documentary project using film to initiate a global conversation about democracy. Democracy is arguably the greatest political buzzword of our time and is invoked by everyone, but what does it mean? Can it be defined, measured, safeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, transplanted? Can it grow? Can it die? What does it mean to people who can't even talk about it? What does it mean to people who don't believe in it? What does it mean to you? This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.
Wide Angle Youth Media
Baltimore, MD
Wide Angle Youth Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through quality after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and an annual Youth Media Festival, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park, CA
The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
William James Association
Santa Cruz, CA
Focused on a transformative art experience in non-traditional settings, the William James Association has been a platform for change for incarcerated populations, troubled youth, and parolees. The association's website is a valuable tool with in-depth resources that show what the art community is doing for corrections awareness and reform. The association has been a huge contributor for funding assistance and creating and maintaining new projects to help spread awareness for criminal justice issues. It has been an intregal part of criminal justice reform and rehabilitation.