Systems, policies, places (legislation, issue/problem resolution)

This piece suggests that the accountability movement is “setting a floor for minimum standards” (p. 84) and has consequences for effective social change work. Foundations, in particular, measure impact in terms of attentiveness to accountability...
Last Updated: July 19, 2013
Developmental Evaluation: An Overview (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Powerpoint) presented at the Animating Democracy/Americans for the Arts' Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact at the Nathan Cummings Foundation on May 22, 2013...
Last Updated: August 23, 2013
Caron Atlas' essay on MicroFest: Appalachia focuses on the connections between civic capacity, imagination, and moral economy in Appalachia.
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Largely led by community artists and arts organizations with long-standing commitments to applied arts practice with diverse marginalized populations, arts in corrections assume varied forms and intentions. Arts programs provide expressive and...
Last Updated: September 11, 2013
This piece sheds light on the philanthropic sector’s efforts to improve measurement and evaluation (M&E), specifically within the context of foundations involved in social change work. The broad observations of the six contributing authors are...
Last Updated: September 25, 2013
Pacific Symphony’s Frieda Belinfante Class Act program, initiated in 1993, is a comprehensive symphony education partnership between the Symphony and 30 elementary schools throughout Orange County.  The program introduces over 16,000 students and...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Our campaigns address the full arc of a society that invests more to incarcerate its young people than it does to educate them. Soul of the City is our hands-on, hands-together campaign to create an Oakland that is safe, healthy, and balanced. We're...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
ARTblocks helps Baltimore communities grow an organized plan for transforming the spaces around them into safer, more artful, and livable places that connect people to the environments in which they live. Beautiful solutions grow out of a plan...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Terraced Cascade, which was commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program and the City of Scottsdale Municipal Services Department, is an environmental artwork and theater garden that draws inspiration from water and manmade inscriptions on...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The documentary Food, Inc. lifts the veil on America’s highly mechanized, corporate-controlled food industry, revealing a system that is an increasing threat to the health of consumers, the safety of workers, and the future of the environment....
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
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...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right, and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change. Slight of frame, but large in spirit and vision, the 70-year-old artist was born in China, lives in...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project is an urban creek restoration in West Seattle and is part of a larger effort to restore and protect Seattle's creeks as backyard natural resources. The art project consists of earthworks, waterwise...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
An investigation into the advent of the U.S. crack epidemic, Agents & Assets was originally developed and performed in Los Angeles in 2001. In 2002, it was remounted in Detroit, recast for the audience with a combination of LAPD members and...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The feature film, 800 Mile Wall, highlights the construction of the new border walls along the US-Mexico border as well as the effect on the migrants trying to cross into the US. The film documents in great detail the ineffective and deadly results...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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