Awareness, knowledge, understanding

Popular media—film, television, celebrity, online games, and online videos—is a powerful way for the creative community to depict critical social issues and engage people in contributing to social change.  This paper focuses primarily on popular...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Open space documentary is an emerging framework for community-based media. Intentional participatory media experiments are proliferating across rapidly developing and evolving distribution platforms.
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Youth media is a diverse array of practices in which young people collaborate with artists and educators to express themselves creatively, communicate with peers across borders, and participate in community dialogue and problem solving. Social...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
In towns all across the United States, young people are using music and art to make interesting, creative, and positive things happen in their communities. They are punks, rappers, educators, singer-songwriters, artists, and community organizers who...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
A May 22 Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact, presented by Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy program and hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, brought together funders, evaluation professionals, and arts...
Last Updated: September 20, 2013
In this paper, long-time community arts chronicler Linda Frye Burnham offers snapshots of selected projects that help capture the range of community arts projects and programs happening today. They are led by veteran and up-and-coming artists and...
Last Updated: October 29, 2013
As a long-time activist and co-founder of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Lori Lobenstine discusses making meaning and creating change in the public sphere through the integration of social justice strategies with art...
Last Updated: January 13, 2014
The Idea Book for Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange’s The Matter of Origins: Evaluation Findings presents research measures and findings by Michigan State University (MSU, 2011) from an evaluation of Dance Exchange’s Matter of Origins project. ...
Last Updated: June 20, 2014
El Puente — Spanish for The Bridge — is a community-based organization that engages youth and adult members in the arts, education, public health, environmental justice and social action programs. Founded in 1982 on the Southside of Williamsburg, El...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Mahomet Aquifer Project, East Central Illinois, informed and engaged communities in East Central Illinois dependent on the Mahomet Aquifer through dance performances, panel discussions, new media, and workshops. Through conversations between...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Using large sheets of paper, anyone of the 20,000 Race guests could draw their emotions about breast cancer, honor a survivor or remember someone who lost the fight. After all 10 sheets of paper were covered by our guests, I cut measured 1.5" lines...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
From May 17-20, 2012, a small group of artist/activists will walk the length (46 miles) of the Santa Fe River. This four-day journey will serve as a deep exploration of our river and the Santa Fe Watershed and is designed to create art, promote...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
For over a decade allgo has successfully developed cutting-edge programming that engages community members on a number of issues through the arts. ALLGO's Cultural Arts Program is committed to nurturing and exploring queer people of color aesthetics...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Battery Dance Company connects the world through dance. We pursue artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
In April 2002, Holler to the Hood began a collaboration among traditional Appalachian musicians and hip-hop musicians. The purpose is to bring two traditions together for a unique exchange and artistic exploration of two distinctly rooted traditions...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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