Services to the Field
Find information on a vast array of organizations that are supporting the work of arts for community, social, and civic change through services to the field—information, tools and resources, networking, advisory support, membership opportunities and more!
ActALIVE is an acronym for Arts for Creative Transformation: Activism, Lifeline, Inspiration, Vision, Education. It is an international coalition of organizations and individuals who use the arts and media to address HIV/AIDS and other human development challenges. ActALIVE seeks to create a forum for information sharing, collaborations, and advocacy.
Air Traffic Control (ATC) supports musicians and managers who want to be engaged in social change by providing resources needed to develop capacity and coordinate partnerships. Air Traffic Control provides Tools & Research on its web site and produces a monthly newsletter for subscribing musicians, publicists, and managers. ATC also manages an education fund that helps musicians use their talents to effect social change by connecting them to activists, organizations, and issue campaigns. Courtesy of Air Traffic Control, Animating Democracy's Profiles integrate numerous descriptions of other resource organizations identified by Air Traffic Control that assist musicians in social change work.
All Ages Movement Project (AMP) is a network of 200 community-based organizations across the U.S. that connect young people through independent music and art. AMP is committed to making sure young people can access and participate in music scenes in their communities. AMP’s web site includes The AMP directory that links to more than 200 all-ages punk, hip-hop and indie venues as well as youth-run recording studios and art galleries, searchable by city, genre, and other terms. For the report by AMP co-founder Shannon Stewart, “The All-Ages Music Movement: How It Impacts Culture, Civic Engagement, and Leadership,” click here.
AMP believes that music communities have within them the potential to create change. Unlike other communities, music communities are exceptional at reaching young people, because they are essentially created by young people. AMP organizations work hand-in-hand with these music communities, opening doors for young people to get involved and build skills for the future. We use culture (music and art) as a vehicle for community change and use community organizing as a vehicle for cultural change.
Also on AMP’s web site is a Resource Wiki that helps all-ages music organizations collaborate, pool resources, and share what's working. In addition, AMP published in 2010 In Every Town: An All-Ages Music Manualfesto, a book that is part history and part how-to, based on years of collaborative research and nine case studies of organizations in different parts of the country. In Every Town (available on AMP's web site) addresses the immediate and chronic issues that impact young people’s ability to come together in healthy and engaging cultural space and encourages them to take bold steps forward in art and activism.
Alternate ROOTS is a southern based organization whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms. Alternate ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through programs and services. Resources for Social Change (RSC) trains participants on techniques for using art to create social change. RSC components include workshops, mentorships, and peer education. In addition, the Community/Artists Partnership Program (C/APP) provides project support to artists in the field of community-based arts as well as community training and technical assistance. Through supported projects, artists work with communities using the arts to highlight community assets or address critical issues; or they partner with communities to convene events that allow for an exchange of information with other artists and community members to take place. In 2010, Alternate ROOTS launched a three-year initiative, The Aesthetics of Diversity, exploring issues and opportunities to advance a progressive agenda in the South through the lens of the South’s newest citizens, immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, India, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Aesthetics of Diversity will examine questions of art and culture focusing on place in 2010, people in 2011, and traditions in 2012.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. American Friends Service Committee, through its various branches, helps immigrants become more active in democracy. In the Central Valley in California, AFSC created a mini-grant program to which people could apply for different ways to support immigrants; more than 50 percent of the grants were for cultural programs.
Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts that works to inspire, inform, promote and connect arts as a contributor to community, civic, and social change.
Architecture for Humanity seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need. It brings together individuals and firms involved in all facets of building design to provide design services to community groups, non-governmental organizations, funding agents, social entrepreneurs and other non-profit organizations. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. Through thoughtful, inclusive design, Architecture for Humanity aims to create lasting change in communities by: alleviating poverty and providing access to water, sanitation, power and essential services; bringing safe shelter to communities prone to disaster and displacement; rebuilding community and creating neutral spaces for dialogue in post-conflict areas; reducing the footprint of the built environment and addressing climate change; among other goals.
The Open Architecture Network is an online, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. It features thousands of design project images organized by building types, competitions, themes, and countries. Organizations seeking design services can post their requests on the Architecture for Humanity web site. The goal of the network is to allow designers to work together in a whole new way, a way that enables 5 billion potential clients to access their skills and expertise. Architecture for Humanity offers a Design Fellowship that matches fellows to local or international projects for six months to one year.
Art for Amnesty brings together international artists of all disciplines, their patrons, management, and friends in a collaborative effort to support Amnesty International’s work for human rights. Art for Amnesty achieves this mission by coordinating major fundraising initiatives that benefit both the artist and Amnesty International.
Art for Change (AfC) is a 501(c)3 organization that encourages the advancement of progressive social change by using art as a catalyst for disseminating information to people. AfC provides space to discuss and explore that information, stimulating individual and collective reflection, which leads to action and change. Art is is AfC's tool and their common ground – by building a bridge between communities and artists AfC can help to articulate experiences, struggles and aspirations, inspiring people to consider, with a questioning eye, their ways of life, their environment, their roles, how various systems work, and ways to improve their lives and environment. By providing equal access to information and involvement, AfC encourages active participation while building community. By focusing on artistic expression, AfC plays a key role in maintaining cultural traditions, respect and appreciation for the diversity of cultures in New York City. AfC is an asset to their community; providing space for other organizations, artists and activists to congregate, rehearse, network and interact with the community of East Harlem.
Art in the Public Interest (API) is a nonprofit organization that supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists.