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Unified Theater
West Hartford, CT
Unified Theater dissolves typical barriers between youth through transformative, school based performing arts programming. At Unified Theater, young people with and without disabilities, of all backgrounds, come together as equals to put on a production. The production is entirely organized, written, and directed by the students themselves. In over sixty schools across the country over 6,000 students with and without disabilities have performed to almost 10,000 audience members. The concept is simple: let teens lead, let creativity rule, and put the Spotlight on Ability.
Union Square Awards
New York, NY
The Union Square Awards believes that grassroots activism strengthens local communities. The Awards identify activists, community organizers, advocates and service providers across New York City neighborhoods who were building organizations addressing homelessness and hunger; HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment; youth leadership and organizing; familiy and community development; and conflict resolution, among other concerns.
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
Raleigh, NC
Our mission is to build communities through support for the arts and arts advocacy. The majority of our grant decisions are about supporting arts programming and access to arts programming throughout our large county, which has 11 municipalities in addition to Raleigh. We consider artistic quality, value to the community and administrative strength in making grants to other presenting or producing arts organizations.
United Arts of Central Florida
Maitland, FL
United Arts of Central Florida funds arts and cultural projects through multiple grant programs. Projects for social change would best apply through the mini-grant. The program offers up to $2,500, and requires a $1:$1 match. Projects must occur in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties in Florida. See our website at for eligibility and the application.
United Kids "Exposure"
Baltimore , MD
United Kids was started in 2009 in Upstate NY by Eeinna Akers. In the beginning United Kids was United Girls, with 4 little girls. Within two weeks from the first meeting which met weekly at The Harriman United Methodist Church the program grew to 20 girls, and branched out by the end of the month to include United Boys, and United Teens.
University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life: Education Programs
Chicago, IL
Arts + Public Life's Education Department offers in-depth programs that cultivate local teens’ creative identity, social development, and leadership growth, while motivating them to make a positive difference in their community through the arts. Participants are paid to work alongside professionals to learn arts skills and collaborate to apply that arts learning through teen-driven projects that address real-world problems and create opportunities for peers and neighbors.
University of Missouri Extension (Community Arts Program)
St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Storytelling Festival is a University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program. We help foster arts-based community and economic development. We have an annual multi-day, multi-site Festival, and also year-round events like a monthly Story Lounge, and other special projects. 
Urban Bush Women
Brooklyn, NY
Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. UBW does this from a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond. It facilitates the use of art as a means of addressing issues of social justice and encouraging civic engagement.
Urbano Fellows Program
Jamaica Plain, MA
The Urbano Fellows are an exemplary group of program alumni who have participated in Urbano’s programs for at least two semesters. Ten to fifteen Fellows meet year-round, serving as peer leaders. These youth artists work with a lead artist and McGregor to host events, research and conceptualize new ideas, and produce artwork, often in partnership with area organizations.
Urbano Project
Jamaica Plain, MA
Founded in 2009, Urbano Project is a non-profit community art studio that fosters participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and social change. We bring together artist-mentors, local youth, and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects.  We promote the model of the artist as citizen, actively engaged in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art.
Urbano Project
Jamaica Plain, MA
Urbano Project  (Urbano) brings together youth and professional artists to learn and experiment through place-based participatory art projects that address the social justice issues of our times. Urbano's program objectives are to offer youth age 14-19 high-quality contemporary arts education experiences, facilitate creative youth development, develop a corps of positively engaged youth who serve as leaders in their communities, and promote civic engagement through public, participatory art that addresses the social justice affecting youth and their communities.
Urbano Project
Jamaica Plain, MA
Urbano Project brings together urban teens and professional artists to ignite social change through participatory works of contemporary art and performance. Together we are developing future generations of artists and leaders committed to an equitable and sustainable Boston.
Los Angeles, CA
UTOPIA/dystopia project activities engaged both long standing and new area residents of Skid Row--including the homeless and formerly homeless, the working poor, immigrants and their families, and the area's burgeoning loft-living population--in performances, art installations, and public events to inform and broaden the public discourse on development in the city of Los Angeles. In recent years, civic policy in Los Angeles has generated the twin towers of utopia and dystopia: Bunker Hill, the redeveloped high rise financial center, and below it Skid Row.
New York, NY
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. Once a year, in February, March, and April, playwright and activist Eve Ensler allows groups around the world to produce a performance of her play, The Vagina Monologues, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers.
Valerie Martinez
Albuquerque, NM
Valerie is a poet, educator, activist and collaborative artist who descends from Pueblo, Dinè and Hispanic ancestors in the Southwest US.  For the past fifteen years, she has worked with children, young adults, adults, teachers, and elders in a wide range of community engagement programs. Her work is dedicated to transformational change in communities through cooperative art.
Valerie Martinez
Albuquerque, NM
Increasingly, my creative work resides in the collaboration between artists (working in different mediums) and members of diverse communities. This work combines my belief and practice in a rigorous creative process that challenges traditional notions of "Art" and "Community Art." As Executive Director and Core Artist with Littleglobe, I continue to witness individual and community transformation as a result of sustained creative engagement--artists working with members of communities to tell their stories as well as imagine and manifest a collective vision.
Venice Arts
Venice, CA
Established in 1993, Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and to use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.
Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School
New York, NY
Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists.
Vermont Arts Council
Montpelier, VT
The Vermont Arts Council was founded in 1964 on a simple and powerful premise: that the arts enrich lives, expand minds, and form a vital thread in the fabric of Vermont community life. The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression. It finds enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing inspiration to Vermont citizens and visitors in every corner of the state. It advocates for and supports the arts as a central part of education for all people.
Vermont International Film Foundation & Festival
Burlington, VT
yearly festival of independent films with a special focus on human rights, social issues and the environment and including a Vermont Filmmakers showcase