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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.
The organization aspires to foster a new brand of citizenship that affirms the authentic voice and inherent wisdom of everyone; to create structures for growth and development that respect, honor, and appreciate unique talents, gifts, and abilities; to maximize individual and collective ability to transform social structures that hinder personal achievement based on race, class, or gender; and to build healthy tribes and communities as a reflection of empowerment.
"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.
The project, when complete, will consist of one hundred 26"x30" traditional oil on canvas portraits of Americans who have gone to war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Each portrait is accompanied by a text authored by the person pictured about their experience of war. The people pictured are chosen for their ability to represent the full diversity of the American involvement in the wars, and each painting is created out of a personal meeting with the artist. Posthumous portraits are included and for these portraits the family chooses the statement which accompanies the portrait and the artist talks with and works with the family.
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. The project is included in an annual report along with recommendations on how to demand redress and justice.
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.
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.
The film is available on DVD and the 800 Mile Wall web site offers suggestions and resources for taking action and downloadable Resources for Home Screenings, including a comprehensive library of resource material, study guides and questionnaires .
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.
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. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government. The devastating social and economic impact of the “Immigration Resolution” is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the Internet. 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds.
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. Performances are followed by facilitated discussions with the audience, which have at times incorporated a panel of formerly incarcerated individuals and local youth workers. The discussions center on the need for youth and community members to interrupt the current schools-to-prison pipeline – to take steps toward creating street peace, to re-think safety, and to de-criminalize communities.
Since February 2009, more than twenty...
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. The documentary features the voices of residents who are building on their rural values to adapt to changing economic and social circumstances that both threaten their communities and provide opportunities. Also included are comments from national leaders about the importance of rural America in the nation's health and the unique role of rural community development organizations.
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.
Artist of all kinds, painters, sculptors, radical knitters, dancers, collage artists, print makers will descend on Washington D.C. to document and reflect on the presidential inauguration. It will be a beehive of creativity. We'll demonstrate the power of art and its practice, with no partisan political motivation to our presence. We'll make a statement for art, for it's importance to democracy and community...
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. This includes lessons on the history of urban renewal and community development, guest speakers, interactive creative workshops and peer training by youth from other community and non-profit groups. Following the initial curriculum, youth participate in either the A-VOYCE Radio Project or the A-VOYCE Chinatown Walking Tours.
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. A collaborative project with The Working Theatre and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in New York City, the dialogues and performances also engage a host of organizations, arts presenters, and communities across the United States in exploring the intimate and collective impact of money and economics on our lives.
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 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. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability.
The mission of the Adelante Alliance, formerly known as Park Cultural Center, is to serve and empower Sunset Park's Mexican immigrant community by increasing the Spanish-language skills of Mexican primary school age children, present family-oriented cultural events, and organize educational immigration-oriented forums for adults. We believe that lasting social change is best achieved by building long-term relationships based around creative capacity-building in an environment that encourages a commnity's unique cultural diversity. Our programs support Mexican cultural identity and build cross-cultural and intergroup skills and understanding; help heal the wounds of distress and alienation that often accompany immigration; and support individuals and their families address social inequities in the community. By implementing our main program in partnership with Sunset Park's public school system, we are building relationships with parents, educators and most importantly with the community's children. Building these relationships, we believe, is the key to affecting long-term social change that has the capacity to simulate, enrich, and empower the community from its roots. The Park Cultural Center was also part of a non-partisan coalition of Mexican organizations working together to advocate that the tri-state-area-based Mexican community cast their vote in the 2006 Mexican elections from their home in the United States. This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.
ADELINA ANTHONY is a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, hailing originally from San Antonio, Tejas. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.
Adopted reveals the grit rather than the glamor of transracial adoption. First-time director Barb Lee goes deep into the intimate lives of two well-meaning families and shows the subtle challenges they face. One family is just beginning the process of adopting a baby from China and is filled with hope and possibility. The other family’s adopted Korean daughter is now 32 years old. Prompted by her adoptive mother’s terminal illness, she tries to create the bond they never had. The results are riveting, unpredictable and telling. While the two families are at opposite ends of the journey, their stories converge to show us that love isn’t always enough.
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 Detroit residents from communities that had been heavily impacted by drugs and drug policy. The project achieved significant local community involvement in the production, increased community engagement in the issues raised, and galvanized relationships among people active in arts, drug policy reform advocates, drug recovery program participants, and professionals in Detroit.
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.