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Ridgewood, NY
1+1+1=ONE is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that uses the methodology of Founder Rha Goddess's Arts Based Civic Transformation Model™ to empower individuals, communities, and societies in effecting positive social change. The aim of the model is to use the creation and presentation of art to leverage new ways of thinking and being about self, community, and the world, and to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to approach pressing social issues from a place of vision rather than victim.
100 Faces of War Experience: Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan
"100 Faces of War Experience: Portraits and Words of Americans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan" creates a large survey of the American personal experience of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, using tools of sociology, participant generated content, and and the intimate environment of traditional portrait painting.
100 Stories Project
Oakland, CA
The 100 stories project is part of NNIRR's Hurricane Initiative (The Human Rights Community Action Network). The initiative strives to bring together community members, families, advocates and their organizations to track, document, and seek redress and accountability for humans rights violations and abuses committed against immigrants and refugees in our communities. The 100 Stories Project has the goal of disseminating at least 100 stories through interviews with community members affected by human rights abuse and how they responded.
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Los Angeles, CA
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors are a group of comedians. They have written and produced a dozen feature shows, performed numerous workshop productions, and have toured nationally and internationally. They wield their unique brand of comedy, both to entertain and provoke thought about issues that affect Asian Pacific Islander Americans. The group approaches issues in a non-didactic manner and believes that laughter knows no cultural boundaries.
Chicago, IL
3Arts supports Chicago artists--specifically women, people of color, and people with disabilities--working in music, theater, and visual arts, in order to enrich, strengthen, and sustain the arts and their community.
Detroit, MI
As a vital member of the Detroit community, 4TheatrSake seeks to promote social change, particularly in the criminal justice system. Their production Cells/$hips was a viral sensation as it created discussion for the lifestyles of the incarcerated. 
800 Mile Wall
Los Angeles, CA
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 of a failed border policy and offers some thought on how the current human rights crisis may be resolved.
826 National
San Francisco, CA
Founded in 2002 by award-winning author Dave Eggers and award-winning education Ninive Calegari, 826 Valencia has since inspired a network of creative writing and tutoring centers now seven cities strong: San Francisco, Ann Arbor/Detriot, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, DC. The 826 National office was established in 2008 to serve the growing educational network by providing strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of the 826 network.
90 Miles
Miami, FL
90 Miles is a personal memoir that offers a rare glimpse into Cuba. The Cuban-born filmmaker recounts the strange fate that brought him as a teenage communist to exile in Miami in 1980 during the dramatic Mariel boatlift. Zaldivar uses news clips, family photos, and home movies to depict the emotional journey of an immigrant father and son struggling to understand the historical and individual forces shaping their relationships and identities in a new country.
9500 Liberty
Manassas, VA
Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have "probable cause" to suspect is an undocumented immigrant. 9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens.
A Day at Stateville
Chicago, IL
A Day at Stateville is a play detailing newcomer’s first day at Stateville Correctional Facility in Joliet, Illinois. The play was conceived and written by inmates who took the prison’s “Life Transformation Through Communication” course, all of whom have life sentences without parole. It seeks to inspire community members to take action to reduce the number of at-risk youth entering prisons, and to advocate for the improvement of prison conditions. Former prisoners throughout Chicago perform the play in the form of a theatrical reading.
A G Foundation
New York, NY
The A G Foundation supports the arts, primarily the visual arts, and issues relating to women and children.
A Place in the Country
Whitesburg, KY
A Place in the Country is a one-hour television documentary, narrated by Ray Suarez, that examines the impact of seven rural community development organizations located throughout the United States. In every region of the United States, rural community development organizations are building on local assets and initiative to help small towns and rural residents improve their economies and quality of life. These community-based organizations are making a difference in the lives of thousands of Americans by providing: affordable housing, jobs, educational opportunities, and access to capital.
A Thousand Artists: A Public Art Making Installation at the Presidential Inauguration
A Thousand Artists is part of a campaign for the making of art everywhere by everyone. A Thousand Artists is a public art-making installation on the Washington Mall, which will occur on January 20 and 21st 2013. On Inauguration Day on the Washington Mall, A thousand or more people in white jumpsuits and orange hats will be quietly making art, no matter who is president and no matter what the weather is. These artists will neither be attacking or defending, they will be present: reflecting, innovating and creating.innovating and creating.
A Window Between Worlds
Venice, CA
A-VOYCE Youth Program
Boston, MA
Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowement (A-VOYCE) is the Asian Community Development Corporation's dynamic youth development program for youth from Greater Boston. A-VOYCE brings high school students together to use their voices in affecting positive change in the community through the power of dialogue and storytelling. A-VOYCE serves youth ages 13-19, with an emphasis on low-income youth. The year-long program begins with a comprehensive ten-session community development and cultural identity training curriculum.
Aaron Landsman
Aaron Landsman’s performances combine formal experimentation and long-term community engagement. His works are often staged in spaces where people go every day, such as homes, offices and meeting rooms. Projects include: City Council Meeting, a participatory work presented in four US cities in 2012-13; Appointment, a suite of performances for single viewers in small offices, presented so far in New York, Oslo and Detroit; and Running Away From The One With The Knife, a play about suicide and religious faith, to be presented at the Chocolate Factory in 2014.
New York, NY
Abundance by Marty Pottenger is a community arts performance project gathering stories and exploring ways that people of different classes, races, and ages negotiate economics in their daily lives. The heart of Abundance is nationwide interviews with billionaires and minimum wage workers coupled with a year-long New York-based civic dialogue group that includes undocumented workers and millionaires.
Barrington, RI
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.
Active Voice
San Francisco, CA
Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. A team of strategic communications specialists works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Active Voice frames and beta-tests key messages, develops national and local partnerships, plans and executes high profile, outcome-oriented events, repurposes digital content for web and viral distribution, produces ancillary and educational resources, and consults with industry and sector leaders.