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Community Builders with Umoja
Chicago, IL
During the summer, Free Spirit Media partners with Umoja Student Development Corporation’s summer internship program, Community Builders (CB). Through the six-week internship, CB student interns create short documentaries that explore themes of action, advocacy, civic engagement, and social justice. Together, FSM and Umoja have worked with students to create documentaries on a variety of topics, including the history of North Lawndale, the value of urban green space, equity in public transportation, youth voice in education, and school and neighborhood violence.
Community Built Association
Oakland, CA
The CBA is a not-for-profit association of professionals who are involved in all aspects of the community built field. The organization was formed in 1989 to provide network for such professionals and to offer information, education and training to the general public.
Community MusicWorks
PROVIDENCE, RI
Founded in 1997 by Sebastian Ruth with the conviction that musicians can have meaningful careers that unite artistry and public service, Community MusicWorks (CMW) builds long-term learning and mentoring relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in the most diverse and underserved neighborhoods of Providence, Rhode Island. Today, CMW is a thriving organization with eight resident musicians, four Fellows who participate in a rotating Fellowship program, and more than 130 students.
Community of Music Makers
San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers program encourages music engagement by providing opportunities for amateur musicians, singers, and chamber ensembles to make music on the stage of Davies Symphony Hall. Over 1,000 community members take part in workshops each year under the guidance of the Symphony’s musicians and artistic staff.  The program aims to rekindle the joy of music-making and deepen people’s experiences as listeners and performers as part a lifelong engagement with music.
Community Opus Project
San Diego, CA
San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Community Opus Project, an El Sistema-inspired program, provides high-quality, free music education for children in one of San Diego County’s low-income communities near the Mexican border. The Opus Project began as an after-school, on-site, music instruction program at two schools serving 65 third-graders.
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
Cleveland, OH
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a nonprofit with a mission to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland’s arts and culture. Research is a core component of our work, and one of many ways we support arts and culture. CPAC provides counsel related to public policy that benefits the sector and the broader community. It provides a number of tools through cultureforward.org and mycreativecompass.org for arts and culture professionals and those who would like to engage with them.
Community Student Fellows Program
Oakland, CA
The Community Student Fellows program offers community-based internship experiences to undergraduate and graduate CCA students. It exemplifies the Center’s focus on developing opportunities for students to engage intensively in individual projects with specific community partners. Both parties benefit from such valuable, long-term opportunities for learning and engagement. Participating students come from varied backgrounds and disciplines, from architecture to social practice, painting, ceramics, design, fashion, and sculpture.
Community Visions
Philadelphia, PA
Community Visions teaches documentary videomaking skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden. Community Visions is a part of Scribe's mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change. Since 1990, Scribe Video Center has guided over 75 community and activist organizations through the production of mini-documentaries and neighborhood portraits that help communities address important social and political issues.
Community-created mural at United Caring Shelter, Evansville, Indiana 2014-2015
Evansville, IN
Community-created mural at a homeless shelter, designed and painted by shelter guests.  I solicited ideas from them over the course of about eight months, provided materials, and they created the mural themselves.  The purpose of the mural was to showcase the many talents of those who came through the shelter during 2014-2015, make them feel empowered and valued as individuals as well as an important, integral part of the shelter and larger community, as well as build awareness the homeless are just like us, and have many gifts to share.  
COMPAS
St. Paul, MN
COMPAS strengthens communities in Minnesota by engaging people in creating art.
Compton Foundation
Redwood City, CA
In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. Compton supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience.
con christeson
St. Louis, MO
Some of us can say we are professional artists. Some of us got caught up in a new process that was interesting, overwhelming, challenging, and, ultimately, rewarding.You, the audience, are collaborators in ways that none of us fully understand. You can tell us what you think or feel or appreciate about this evening, this production, this process. We can reach back and tell you who we are and where we have been, what we have learned.
Confluence Project
Vancouver, WA
The Confluence Project was initiated in 2000 out of the course of community discussions about how to grant recognition to the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The project was envisioned as a means to evoke the history of the expedition, highlight the tremendous changes it brought to the Pacific Northwest, and encourage action to create a future that preserves and protects the area's natural and cultural resources.
Confluence Project
Vancouver, WA
The Confluence Project was initiated in 2000 out of the course of community discussions about how to grant recognition to the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The project was envisioned as a means to evoke the history of the expedition, highlight the tremendous changes it brought to the Pacific Northwest, and encourage action to create a future that preserves and protects the area's natural and cultural resources.
Conscious Alliance
Boulder, CO
Conscious Alliance partners with colleges and musicians to hold food and fundraising drives to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in America, especially on Native American Reservations. Conscious Alliance has also expanded its efforts to provide food to areas effected by disasters. Art is the incentive to inspire people to make food or monetary donations. Artists donate poster designs that are printed by Conscious Alliance and given to contributors attending concerts. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
Contemporary Museum
Baltimore, MD
The Contemporary Museum explores the art and culture of our time by presenting new art, new ideas and new creative processes. Since its founding in 1989, the Contemporary Museum has been committed to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, innovative programming, and unique collaborations with artists, curators, and members of the Baltimore community.
Conversations at The Kreeger Museum
Washington, DC, DC
The Kreeger Museum is offering special music and art programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementia related illnesses on a monthly basis.  Modeled after the successful and pioneering Meet Me at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) program, Conversations at The Kreeger Museum provides a forum for dialogue and connection through looking at art and listening to music. The program is intended to stimulate conversation and memories for participants and to create a sense of well-being that can last beyond the tour.
CORE
Decatur, GA
CORE 8: Defining Ourselves
Long Beach, CA
The 8th annual CORE exhibit is brought to you by Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc. and the National Arts and Disability Center of UCLA. CORE continues to extend its reach to artists with disabilities nationally and worldwide. The exhibit showcases artwork, literature, and performances by artists with disabilities with the purpose of providing a space for artists, community members, and arts and disability advocates to build common bonds and promote visibility through a diverse art forum. CORE 8: Defining Ourselves is curated by Sam Smith
Cornerstone Theater Company
Los Angeles, CA
Cornerstone Theater Company is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company. The organization commissions and produces new plays–both original works and contemporary adaptations of classics–that combine the artistry of professional and community collaborators. By making theater with and for people of many ages, cultures, and levels of theatrical experience, Cornerstone builds bridges between and within diverse communities in its home city of Los Angeles and nationwide. From 1986 to 1991, the ensemble worked in rural communities, creating 12 musical productions in 10 states.

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