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What is American culture?
What is American culture? While many countries long ago defined their culture and heritage, our culture is less easily described. A recent New York Times essay on identity raised thought-provoking questions about the diversity and fluidity of the American experience, rather than attempting answers.
What's New
Minneapolis , MN
Inspired by unprecedented demographic urban changes, an expansion in the immigrant and refugee communities, and growth in high density urban living juxtaposed with the devastation of rising home foreclosures, in 2006 OverExposure undertook “What’s New,” a three-year documentary photography project.
When Women Pursue Justice
Brooklyn, NY
In October 2005, Artmakers Inc. completed its 3,300 square foot mural When Women Pursue Justice. When Women Pursue Justice celebrates 90 women who led or participated in movements for social change in the United States over the past 150 years. Native and foreign-born, Native American, and women of color, these women often risked life and liberty to achieve voting rights, civil rights and racial justice, health and reproductive rights, gay rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice and protection, and workplace/arts access and equality.
White Salmon Arts Council
White Salmon, WA
The mission of the Arts Council is: • To develop and promote artists and the arts through educational opportunities; • To foster a spirit of community and goodwill through art marketing relationships with local businesses; and • To build an area wide arts community through art-inspired programs and events. We physically and financially support community and school arts programs, produce and support community events, and provide opportunities for our members to succeed and prosper as artists.
Whitman Institute in SF
San Francisco, CA
TWI supports processes and programs that help people to improve their thinking and decision making. TWI is especially interested in the use of cross-perspective dialogue to promote critical and collaborative thinking. TWI is explicitly process-oriented, rather than issue-oriented, and this orientation is the thread that links their funding in civic engagement, leadership development, education, and other areas.
Whitney Frazier
Baltimore, MD
Why Democracy?
Cape Town, AK
WHY DEMOCRACY? is a documentary project using film to initiate a global conversation about democracy. Democracy is arguably the greatest political buzzword of our time and is invoked by everyone, but what does it mean? Can it be defined, measured, safeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, transplanted? Can it grow? Can it die? What does it mean to people who can't even talk about it? What does it mean to people who don't believe in it? What does it mean to you? This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.
Wide Angle Youth Media
Baltimore, MD
Wide Angle Youth Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through quality after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and an annual Youth Media Festival, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park, CA
The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
William James Association
Santa Cruz, CA
Focused on a transformative art experience in non-traditional settings, the William James Association has been a platform for change for incarcerated populations, troubled youth, and parolees. The association's website is a valuable tool with in-depth resources that show what the art community is doing for corrections awareness and reform. The association has been a huge contributor for funding assistance and creating and maintaining new projects to help spread awareness for criminal justice issues. It has been an intregal part of criminal justice reform and rehabilitation.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Seattle, WA
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is the nation's only museum devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience. It is dedicated to immersing people in uniquely American stories. Located in Seattle's Chinatown-International District, the museum has become a national model for community-based exhibition practices and oral history gathering projects.
Wing Young Huie
Minneapolis, MN
Wing Young Huie’s many photographic projects document the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or international museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed.
Wisconsin Arts Board
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.
Wisconsin Women's Network
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Women’s Network is a coalition of organizations and individuals that advances the status of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, and advocacy.  
Wise Fool New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM
It is Wise Fool New Mexico's mission to ignite imagination, build community, and promote social justice through performances and hands-on experiences in the arts of circus, puppetry, and theatre.   Wise Fool programs are designed:
Wishes for the Sky
Saint Paul , MN
Wishes for the Sky is a free, experiential, public art event celebrating the arrival of spring, environmental sustainability, and personal and collective wish-making. This one-of-a-kind art project has become a signature Earth Day event for the Twin Cities. Inspired by the ancient Asian traditions of flying wishes on kites, it is a contemporary art event integrating music, temporary sculpture, poetry, interactive sound collage, visual art, and public kite-flying.
Woman Made Gallery
Chicago, IL
Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy. It specifically accomplishes this through exhibitions which raise public awareness and recognition of women's cultural contributions. From 1992 through 2011 WMG has hosted 312 exhibitions, made up of 165 group shows, 103 invitational/solo shows, 36 Artisan Gallery exhibitions, and nine off-site shows. Close to 7,000 women artists have exhibited their work since WMG was established.
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
The Women's Foundation invests in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.
Women's Fund of Miami Dade
Miami, FL
Women's Fund of Miami Dade is a catalyst for social change and economic justice with the goal of creating a community where all women and girls reach their full potential. Our grantmaking, along with advocacy, training and community building are the key elements used to achieve this goal.