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Black Is, Black Ain't
Chicago, IL
Organized and exhibited by The Renaissance Society (University of Chicago), the exhibition project Black Is, Black Ain’t dealt with issues of race and identity. It explored a shift in the discourse on race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a present moment where racial identity is being simultaneously rejected and preserved.
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Philadelphia, PA
Based in Philadelphia, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra was established as a model for the 21st-century American orchestra. Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “first-class on every level,” Black Pearl's musicians have been trained at leading music conservatories around the globe including the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Peabody Institute among others.
Black Rock Arts Foundation
San Francisco, CA
The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is to support and promote community, interactive art and civic participation. For our purposes, interactive art means art that generates social participation. The process whereby this art is created, the means by which it is displayed, and the character of the work itself should inspire immediate interactions that connect people to one another in a larger communal context.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Eagan, MN
The purpose of the Blue Cross Foundation is to make a healthy difference in people's lives by improving the community conditions that have an impact on the health of children and families. As the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, we have the opportunity to address significant influences on health that are beyond the traditional reach of the health care system. Through our work, Blue Cross furthers its social investment as a nonprofit health plan with a unique charter to improve the health of all Minnesotans.
Blue Mountain Center
Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Blue Mountain Center is a working community of writers, artists, activists and musicians in Blue Mountain Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains. The Center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life. Established creative and non-fiction writers, and artists not requiring exceptional facilities, are eligible applicants. Residents are chosen by an Admissions Committee of accomplished authors and artists.
Blue Mountain Center Residencies
Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Established creative and non-fiction writers, and artists not requiring exceptional facilities are eligible for our month-long residencies that run from mid-June through October 1. Blue Mountain Center periodically hosts special short residencies with specific themes. These sessions are developed through invitations, nominations and distinct application processes. Residents work on their individual projects as they do during the regular season; but they also are encouraged to share their perspectives, ideas, and approaches with one another.
Blueprint for Accountability
New York, NY
Accountability is crucial to democracy. At a time when grave challenges threaten American democracy, only a groundswell of public engagement can restore American values and moral standing in the world.
BMe Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
BMe is a growing network of black men committed to making our communities stronger. They are fathers, coaches, students and businessmen—regular guys from all walks of life who are engaging neighborhoods, starting businesses and mentoring kids. Each day, they get up and do their part. Through BMe, men have the chance to share their stories through video, to inspire and be inspired, to come together in power and purpose. They can connect with other brothers, exchange ideas and resources to advance their work, and celebrate all that we do for our families and our future.
Boeing Corporate Grants
Seal Beach, CA
The goal of the Global Corporate Citizenship function is to enable the development of vibrant communities with citizens who are educated, creative, civic minded, environmentally conscious, healthy and economically self-sustained.
Bond Street Theatre Coalition
New York, NY
Bond Street Theatre initiates creative programming that inspires and educates youth, addresses human rights issues, heals communities affected by poverty and conflict, and promotes the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful future.   The company responds to humanitarian crises through the uplifting powers of the arts.  The company has intiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide, and reached populations in refugee camps, schools, shelters, prisons, rural villages and urban centers.  
Booth Ferris Foundation
New York, NY
The Foundation's primary interest is in the field of education, including smaller colleges and public education initiatives in New York City. The Foundation also makes grants in the areas of civic and urban affairs and culture in New York City. Grants in other areas are made occasionally, most often in the fields in which the Booth family had an interest. The Foundation primarily funds capital and capacity building projects.
Boston Ballet Education and Community Initiatives
Boston, MA
OUR VISION Our vision is to cultivate and educate a new generation of lifelong arts advocates and participants through our commitment to education, collaboration, inclusion and innovation. OUR IMPACT Each year, we work with more than 3,000 individuals in Boston and our surrounding communities to cultivate a love of dance and the arts through our education programs, community events, workshops, and performances. OUR PROGRAMS
Boston Women's Fund
Boston, MA
The Boston Women’s Fund supports community-based organizations run by women and girls in the Greater Boston area. We work with low-income women, women of color, lesbians, women with disabilities, older women, and girls who are working to create a society based on racial, social and economic justice. The Fund raises money from a broad base of donors across economic backgrounds to provide grants and develop programs that strengthen the grassroots initiatives and leadership of women and girls.
both/and
Chicago, IL
both/and breaks the shackles of “either/or” in this semi-autobiographical short video play by Jamil Khoury. In both/and, the characters of Jamil, Arab Man, and Gay Man explore and explode the constructed borders between American and Arab, Arab American and gay, for profit and not for profit, and assorted other disputed territories.
Bradley McCallum
Brooklyn, NY
A collaborative artist team since 1998, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have worked and exhibited globally, seeking to surface and discuss issues revolving around marginalized members of society. Their work, which moves fluidly between large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video and self-portraiture, challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family. Embedded within their work, whether it is of an historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is their standing as an interracial couple.
Branding Democracy
New York, NY
Branding Democracy was a year-long multidisciplinary thematic exploration that gathered thinkers, artists, and the general audience around “democracy.” The project looked at the design and packaging of the concept of democracy and the multiple ways in which it is turned into a consumer brand. It intended to expose the reasons behind this commodification and to indirectly indicate a way out of the impasse of democracy. The exhibition OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding examined behaviors and desires generated and promoted by the brand of American democracy.
Brave New Films
Culver City, CA
Brave New Films uses new media and internet video campaigns to motivate people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Theaters (http://bravenewtheaters.com/) is a web site with trailers for films that address social issues and a toolkit for organizing a screening.
Bread & Roses
Corte Madera, CA
Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music to isolated individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our performances uplift the spirits of children undergoing chemotherapy, teens battling substance abuse, families in homeless shelters, seniors nearing the end of life transition, and others living apart from friends and family while facing challenging times. This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.
Breakthrough
New York, NY
Breakthrough is an innovative international human rights organization that uses the power of popular culture, media, and community mobilization to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity in India and the United States. We empower individuals and communities to stand for universal human rights by using multimedia tools that transform hearts and minds. Based in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice.
Brett Cook
San Diego, CA
Brett Cook is an artist and educator who uses his socially conscious creative practice to transform opposing worlds. For over two decades, Cook has produced installations, exhibitions, curricula, and events widely across the United States, and internationally. His museum work features drawing, painting, photography, and elaborate installations that make intimately personal experiences universally accessible.

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