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After graduating from the Swain School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, Matthew established his own graphic design and illustration studio. In 1989, Matthew created his own cartoon strip, "Cyrus and Ida", which appears weekly in the Vermont News Guide and is now a monthly addition to the Starksboro Gazette. His paintings and sculptures are inspired by his surroundings whether in Vermont or through his travels in Europe, Brazil and Central America where he has also exhibited in group and solo shows.
In 1992, Matthew co-founded the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE). As VAE Artistic Director, Matthew oversees VAE's year-round arts outreach programs, exhibitions at the Stark Hose Firehouse Gallery and the Mill Gallery, and performances such as the Basement Music Series. Matthew has also taken part in numerous school and community arts residences throughout the Northeast and in England working with youth-at-risk, the elderly, local schools and the general community. He has facilitated several mentoring and training programs for artists and presented at many conferences on community arts and integrating arts into health care settings.
Matthew's vision for his artist-in-residency is to make art with community members that bridges and builds on existing community connections, traditions and treasures.
The mission of Meaningful Media (MM) is to increase the quality, visibility, and impact of social issue media. MM maintains a network of creators, distributors, and advocates of socially relevant media through membership programs, professional networks, and student chapters. The Meaningful Mediapedia (under development) will be a dynamic web resource that aggregates, curates, and celebrates pro-social media across issue types and media forms. Users will be able to discover thousands of exceptional projects, artists, organizations, and resources at the intersection of media and social change. MM also offers consulting on social issue media projects and organizes educational programs to inspire action and social change. The web site posts periodical reviews on current meaningful movies and provides links to other resources such as Media Activism, Funding, Support Organizations. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
The mission of the MPS Program is to give all Tufts students the media tools and resources that will prepare them for lifetimes of active citizenship and service to society. The Program blends the capabilities of a university-wide civic education initiative and a robust undergraduate media studies program. MPS reaches across the campus bringing Tufts faculty and students together with community members and activists.
The MPS program teaches active citizenship by elevating the dialogue on campus about important public issues and demonstrating the power of media productions and events to create an institutional culture of civic discourse. MPS Director Julie Dobrow says, "Our program gives students ways to combine their interest in media and their dedication to public service through a combination of intensive academic courses, hands-on skills and internships." Dean Rob Hollister adds, "Tisch College is committed to preparing students for lifetimes of active...
"Life Sentence" is a collection of songs based on the wrongful conviction of Clarence Harrison. Written by Melanie Hammet and Ben Holst, this music is currently available as a performance by Melanie, Ben, and Clarence Harrison, en route to becoming an album of songs benefitting Georgia Innocence Project. Mr. Harrison was exonerated by GIP seven years ago.
The MFA in Community Arts (MFACA) prepares artists to use their artmaking as a means of civic, youth, and community development, or to teach at the post-secondary level. The curriculum provides students with a grounding in theory and practice, while real-world experience integrates independent artmaking with community-based projects. MFACA students work with community leaders to conceive, implement, and manage projects and programs that engage youth and adults in meaningful art experiences; design and implement projects and events that support community initiatives; document and assess the effectiveness of their projects in meeting community interests; gain hands-on experience in fundraising and curriculum planning; and determine their unique value as community-based artmakers.
CrE3sol is a variation of the Spanish word "crisol" roughly meaning "melting pot". Our blog is an extension of a collection of young artists and art lovers in Baltimore, Cre3Sol is fresh, it's tasty, it's full and it's a true spiritual experience.. cooked with love. Keep up with Cre3Sol events and promotions on our website!
For Cornerstone, Michael has directed Making Paradise by Tom Jacobson, Shishir Kurup and Deborah Wicks La Puma, 3 Truths by Naomi Iizuka, Someday by Julie Marie Myatt, attraction by Page Leong, and The Falls by Jeffrey Hatcher (at the Guthrie Theater). He also wrote Los Illegals, the first play of the Justice Cycle, created in collaboration with communities of day laborers and domestic workers and which was subsequently produced by Teatro Bravo in Phoenix, Arizona.
Directing credits at other theaters include, most recently, Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy at CalArts and the break/s by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and the Walker Art Center, and which toured the U.S. to venues such as REDCAT, Under the Radar and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Other theatres at which he has directed include A Contemporary Theater, Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, The Children's Theatre Company, Second Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Cherry Lane, The Atlantic Theater Company and Repertorio Español.
He has twice been in residence with a consensus-run collective, Sna Jtz'ibajom, in Chiapas, Mexico, collaborating in the creation of community-engaged work with members of the Mayan community. Michael is on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and serves on the Ovation review Committee for the Los Angeles Stage Alliance.
His full-length plays include THE WEB (needtheatre), points of departure (INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center) and Acts of Mercy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); short plays includehymn in three parts (Chalk Rep), in the Zone (Red Fern Theatre Co.), tostitos (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays) on edge and the ride (Humana Festival, "The Open Road Anthology"), audiovideo (The Directors Project) and sandlot ball (Mile Square).
His solo performance piece, agua ardiente, ran Off-Broadway at The American Place Theatre, and he performed in and wrote for "The Borges Project", which was presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines for the 31st World Congress of the International Theatre Institute (UNESCO). He collaborated with composer Alexandra Vrebalov on the oratorio Stations, which received its premiere at the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and was also performed at the NOMUS Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Michael is a recipient of the Princess Grace Statue, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and a TCG/New Generations Grant. He is a proud alumnus of New Dramatists.
Michael Rohd has been exploring the intersection of theatre and democracy for years with Sojourn Theatre and through his projects with collaborators and universities around the nation. He is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon, a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy Exemplar Award. His work there as creator/director/performer includes BUILT (presented as part of Portlands TBA 2008 Festival), GOOD (2008 Portland Drammy, Outstanding Production of the Season), The War Project (2005 Drammy, Best ensemble), 7 Great Loves (five 2003 Drammy awards including Best Production and Best Director), and Witness Our Schools (9 months of Oregon and national touring). Rohd is a recipient of Theatre Communication Groups 2001 New Generations Grant, and their 2002 Extended Collaboration Grant with Atlantas Alliance Theatre. An associate artist with Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles and an artistic associate with Ping Chong & Co in New York City, he is on faculty at Northwestern Universitys Theater Department with a focus on Devising Performance, Directing & Civic Engagement. His work has been supported by Ford Foundation, the NEA, Rockefellers MAP Fund, Doris Duke Foundation and Arts Councils in states around the nation. Recent projects as a creator and/or director include Chuck Mee's Full Circle at Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington DC and his own Wilson Wants it All at The House Theater in Chicago. Current projects include creating Oregon Shakespeare Festival's first company-devised, site-specific work titled Willful, a new Sojourn piece called On The Table and a commission at Kansas City Rep. He is author of the book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue.
MAW is Magic and Wizardry, More Art Wherever, Maybe After Work, Media At Work and Minneapolis Art on Wheels.
MAW is a vehicle for activating public spaces with large-scale projections of sound and video. MAW develops software, hardware and methodologies for participatory urban projection, and helps artists and community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. MAW disseminates these instruments and works with artists interested in technology to promote mobile public projection. MAW aims to connect patrons with artists and artists with communities through commissioning programs. Commissioning programs are tailored to the needs of a specific event and include performances on-demand, training of artist with a mission, and collaborative development of public performance events sought by community organizations.
Commissioning paradigms include:
-Patron commissioning MAW for live-projection performance events
-Community organization commissioning MAW for live-projection performance events
-Community organization commissioning artist interested in working with MAW’s instruments
-MAW commissioning artists to create works that become part of MAW’s repertoire
MAW’s activities include: public performances and interventions, experimental audio-visual works, interactive mobile media experiences or novel open source software instruments or performance tools.
The urban American landscape is rapidly changing, as high-rise public housing is being demolished and its residents dispersed. Once heralded as a revolutionary design solution to address a pressing housing shortage, Chicago’s public housing structures have rapidly deteriorated, and living standards have become sub-standard.
Mixing It Up uses film to explore the redevelopment of Chicago’s public housing. Ronit Bezalel’s documentary examines, through the words and voices of current and former public housing residents, the long-term impacts of these changes on the very people they are supposed to help, and the implications of these effects for society as a whole. The film provides residents’ perspectives on and scholars’ responses to the urban redevelopment of Chicago, while creating a historical record of communities that will cease to exist.
Mixing It Up will be shown in a variety of community venues, and used to spark debate about the effectiveness of public policy...
mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and arts organizations in all disciplines that seeks to improve the lives of Minnesota artists and provide access to and engagement with Minnesota's arts culture. It offers Minnesota-based artists a central gathering place on the Web as a marketplace and community hub, and offers the public a new way to explore art and get to know Minnesota artists. Although the database is not specifically oriented to arts for change, artists' self-defined categories include social/political performance art, environmental art, and engagement. In addition to providing artists and organizations with a web page containing images and information, mnartists.org provides news and features about the local arts scene. mnartists.org was developed after a survey of Minnesota artists conducted by The McKnight Foundation revealed the survival struggles of individual artists.
Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright.
Most recently, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning I Am My Own Wife on Broadway (Obie award for direction, Tony, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortell, Drama Desk Awards nomination)
Mr. Kaufman’s plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade.
The Laramie Project opened at The Denver Theater Center in March 2000 and moved to New York on May 18th 2000 . Time Magazine called The Laramie Project "one of the 10 best plays of 2000" and it was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. In November 2000, Mr. Kaufman took his company to Laramie, Wyoming to perform the play there. In 2006, The Laramie Project remains one of the most performed plays in America today.
Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of the The Laramie Project which aired on HBO. The film’s cast included Peter Fonda, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Steve Buscemi among others. It was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. Mr. Kaufman received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer.
Gross Indecency ran for over 600 performances in New York . He also directed it Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum), San Francisco (Theater on the Square), Toronto (Canadian Stage) and London 's West End (Gielgud Theatre). The play has been produced in over 40 cities in the U.S. and in dozens of cities abroad. For Gross Indecency, Mr. Kaufman won the Lucille Lortell Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, the Garland Award (Los Angeles) for Best Play, the Carbonell Award (Florida) for Best Play, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Direction, the GLAAD Media Award for New York Theater, and the prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for direction given by his peers in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Other directing credits include Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Rep), This is How it Goes (Donmar Warehouse), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Williamstown), Women in Becket, Machinal, In the Winter of Cities and The Nest.
Mr. Kaufman is currently working on his adaptation of One Arm by Tennessee Williams, as well as further plans for 33 Variations - about Beethoven's Diabelli Variations. Mr. Kaufman is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, and performer. She is best known for her work integrating intermedia performance, community dialogue, and social and environmental equity and healing. Projects include working as guest artistic director with The Creative Center: Arts for People with Cancer, in NYC for a five-month project with women living with cancer; creator and director of Moment, a four-month intergenerational project with homeless older adults and students for The European Union Festival of Culture in Cork, Ireland, 2005; and Memorylines: Voces de Nuestras Jornadas, commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and The Lensic Performing Arts Center which brought people together, ages 8 to 87, across economic and cultural lines in Santa Fe to create an original new opera dealing with identity and immigration. Aside from being the co-founder and artistic director for Littleglobe, Sturges has been an artist in residence with a wide range of communities doing short-term creative arts projects involving arts and health including a residency at ARC cancer support center for The European Union Festival of Culture 2005 and nursing homes in the US and Ireland.
Current projects include Lifesongs, a partnership with The Santa Fe Opera, writing music with elders in hospice and nursing homes to be performed by the UNM chorus; artistic director for Common Ground: TOC, a community capacity and arts project with intergenerational participants from two Eastern Agency Navajo communities and from the rural village of Cuba, NM; composer and director for Salve, a intergenerational music project exploring the effects of war on individuals and families based upon interviews with returning veterans; and creator/composer/writer for COAL, a large-scale national music and community engagement project.
Sturges is also a performing vocalist, recording artist, and leader of creative music ensembles. A recipient of numerous commissions and residencies, she has written and performed original music for a wide array of projects including music for dance companies, silent films, circuses and sound installations. Her ensemble, mJane, has received public acclaim for the release of their first album Prayers from the Underbelly on Pax Recordings. Sturges holds an MA in composition from Wesleyan University. She has lived and worked in Kenya, Senegal and the Lakota community of Rosebud, South Dakota. She was previously the Director of Education at The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, a project collaborator at The Art and Science Lab, and has worked extensively as an educator, lecturer and facilitator both abroad and in the United States. In 2008 Sturges was awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in Music (unitedstatesartists.org). Since 2010 Sturges has been a Professor of Practice in the Art & Ecology program at The University of New Mexico.
In addition to art-in-community and music projects, Sturges has been a devoted student and teacher of meditation for over fifteen years.
The Fieffe Foundation for Haiti (FF4H)
People whose lives have been destroyed seek dignity, not dependence. Traditional charity often meets immediate needs but too often fails to enable people to solve their own problems over long term.
FF4H was founded in 2004, our vision is to work in partnership with the people of the region one day build sustainable, healthy, and productive lives and communities. FF4H gathered additioanal support Haitians and Americans following the devastating Earth Quake of 2010. We seek to address the full range of basic development and educational challenges facing the rural inhabitants of La Valle de Bainet.
Mosaic Makers provides theraputic art projects with communities that are impoverished, dealing with a crisis, or in need of community building or healing. We construct both outdoor murals and individual projects. We are staffed by two licensed social workers.
I am an international singer/songwriter Native of Sudan. I'm known for my Arab-poetic lyrics, and pentatonic blend of acoustic alternative rock known as Desert Eclectic.
Since June of 2012 my websites have been banned in my home country Sudan, due to my anti-regime song “System Down (#SudanRevolts)”. I donate all the proceeds from that song to Girifna (we are fed up), a non-violent protest movement based in Sudan.
I'm always striving to be a positive image of Sudan for American, and a positive image of America for Sudan.
Mosque Alert tells the story of two suburban American families living in Naperville, IL -one Christian, the other Muslim- who find their lives torn apart by a proposal to build a new mosque in their community.
Silk Road Rising and playwright Jamil Khoury invite you to join us on a unique journey, a first in new play development history. We want you to become co-creators of Jamil’s new play, Mosque Alert. Through your active participation we hope that you that will influence and assist Jamil as he develops a new play that will be both a work of art and a tool for civic engagement.
“Rendering an issue in a work of art provides a frame so it can be seen from the perspective of someone deeply affected by it. Misunderstanding or the lack of understanding of an issue is often the result of the fact that outsiders cannot see things the way those directly impacted do. The artistic frame can highlight an issue in ways that make it memorable, raising awareness and understanding...
In collaboration with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), the City of Minneapolis presents the MPR Sound Point project, an audio cell phone tour featuring recently completed public artworks
and interviews with the artists who created them. The tour highlights a range of artworks, including an artist-designed baseball backstop, a blooming bus shelter and a memorial to the 35W bridge collapse.
Participants can refer to a map that facilitates a self-guided tour of 13 different works across the city. Signs posted at each artwork location will direct viewers to call or text a phone number or scan a QR code with their smart phone and listen to the artist describe the artwork in detail. Viewers will also have the opportunity to leave a text or verbal message describing their own impressions of the work or share a story about their neighborhood with journalists via MPR’s community-powered Public Insight Network.
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), founded in 1893, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that fights for a more livable New York and advocates for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation.
MAS was born when a group of architects, painters, sculptors and civic leaders came together to create murals and monuments for New York’s public spaces. After the turn of the century, MAS took on the larger role bringing the voice of public conscience to debates about the design of the city’s municipal buildings, parks and monuments, the public responsibilities of private developers, and the preservation of the city’s landmarks and historic districts.
MAS has fostered the creation of many public institutions that serve to maintain the culture and diversity of New York City; these entities include the Planning Commission, the Art Commission and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. MAS has also served as the incubator for multiple civic and arts organizations including the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy and, most recently, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Additionally, through our Adopt-A-Monument and Adopt-A-Mural programs, MAS has restored countless public sculptures and murals throughout the five boroughs.
MAS has been a leader in some highly prominent developments in recent years, which include a new park located at Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, Moynihan Station and the annual public memorial honoring the victims of September 11, 2001,Tribute in Light.
The work MAS does continues to reflect a deep commitment to the process of community-based planning in low and moderate-income neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, as well inspiring young New Yorkers to get involved in shaping the city’s future. Through their Livable Neighborhoods program MAS has provided a wide variety of planning workshops as well as professional advice to New Yorkers who want to help shape the future of their neighborhoods. With MAS’ CITI Youth, MAS’ innovative internship program, high school students in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods have the opportunity to assist their local community boards — and discover new horizons for themselves.
Music for Democracy (MFD) is a grassroots organization of musicians, industry professionals, politicians, and music fans united by the conviction that America needs a new kind of politics to move forward toward a more peaceful, economically robust, and environmentally sustainable future. MFD actively supports political candidates who are committed to an agenda of progressive social change. MFD connects both well-known politicians, musicians and young upstart bands with a nationwide network of peers and fans who are passionately engaged in the electoral process. The Music for Democracy website contains a link to ActBlue (www.actblue.com) which is a searchable candidate and fundraising directory. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.