Awareness, knowledge, understanding

Popular media—film, television, celebrity, online games, and online videos—is a powerful way for the creative community to depict critical social issues and engage people in contributing to social change.  This paper focuses primarily on popular...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Open space documentary is an emerging framework for community-based media. Intentional participatory media experiments are proliferating across rapidly developing and evolving distribution platforms.
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
Youth media is a diverse array of practices in which young people collaborate with artists and educators to express themselves creatively, communicate with peers across borders, and participate in community dialogue and problem solving. Social...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
In towns all across the United States, young people are using music and art to make interesting, creative, and positive things happen in their communities. They are punks, rappers, educators, singer-songwriters, artists, and community organizers who...
Last Updated: September 4, 2013
A May 22 Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact, presented by Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy program and hosted by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, brought together funders, evaluation professionals, and arts...
Last Updated: September 20, 2013
In this paper, long-time community arts chronicler Linda Frye Burnham offers snapshots of selected projects that help capture the range of community arts projects and programs happening today. They are led by veteran and up-and-coming artists and...
Last Updated: October 29, 2013
As a long-time activist and co-founder of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Lori Lobenstine discusses making meaning and creating change in the public sphere through the integration of social justice strategies with art...
Last Updated: January 13, 2014
The Idea Book for Liz Lerman and the Dance Exchange’s The Matter of Origins: Evaluation Findings presents research measures and findings by Michigan State University (MSU, 2011) from an evaluation of Dance Exchange’s Matter of Origins project. ...
Last Updated: June 20, 2014
Four million Americans live with an autoimmune disease that has so many symptoms it typically takes eight years to diagnose it. In the interactive website Dry Eyes, Dry Mouth, filmmaker Anita Womack turns the camera on herself as she searches for a...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Living News is a live, theatrical performance that introduces controversial constitutional issues to students, and encourages them to explore their points of view on timely matters of public concern. Three actors present current issues in a dynamic...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization working to make art and media about often-underrepresented perspectives. The work is used to facilitate dialogue, shift perspectives and stimulate action. The process of making art and media...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. The conference brings people together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing. The AMC supports learning of all...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
“Open House,” a play by Aaron Landsman and produced by The Foundry Theater in New York City, presents a personal take on urban living. The play was performed in two dozen living rooms in neighborhoods spanning the five boroughs, from a squat in...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
As the Llano Grande Center has worked with people and communities in developing community changemaking skills, we have come to understand and define a digital story as a self-generated, short-length digital production that tells a story of personal...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right, and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change. Slight of frame, but large in spirit and vision, the 70-year-old artist was born in China, lives in...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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