Public discourse (dialogue, deliberation, media)

The Color Line Project (CLP) convened artists, educators and activists, and helped them strengthen their understanding of each other and their heritage and community through the established storytelling methodology called the story circle. In...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The 1920s building located at Garfield Boulevard and Prairie Avenue has been renovated for the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative. Envisioned by artist Theaster Gates, the Arts Incubator is a space for artist residencies, arts...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Instruments of Change uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives. By expanding community access to cultural activities, we allow diverse populations the opportunity to...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Thousand Kites is an ongoing national storytelling project that uses performance, web, video, and radio to open a public space for incarcerated people, corrections officials, the formerly incarcerated, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens to...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Silk Road Rising (formerly known as Silk Road Theatre Project) creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we...
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
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...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Appalshop is a multi-media arts and cultural organization located in Whitesburg, Kentucky that strives to develop effective ways to use media to address the complex issues facing central Appalachia – a declining coal economy, a legacy of...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Operation: Homecoming is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Department of Defense that makes writing an important component of rehabilitation and recovery. Starting with a writing workshop built into the critical...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Everyone has a story. Every city has a history. In the spirit of community building, the Herberger College of Fine Arts Community Partnerships Office will launch its Finding Phoenix project this summer. Community members are invited to come to the...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Named one of the best shows of 2007 by the Chicago Sun-Times, Aquí Estoy (Spanish for "I am here") was based on months of interviews conducted by Albany Park Theater Project youth ensemble members about the lives of undocumented immigrants in...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
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,...
Last Updated: August 14, 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
In its Justice Cycle Project, Cornerstone Theater Company created a series of six original community-based productions that examined the complex ways laws shape and disrupt communities in Los Angeles. Immediately following each performance, audience...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Silk Road Rising’s Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness (24 min., 8 sec.), directed by Jamil Khoury and Stephen Combs, is a documentary film dedicated to a vision of whiteness that is anti-racist and rooted in...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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