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Long Beach , CA
Our mission is to engage the soul through art & creative forms of expression that inspire and empower confident, creative, bold leaders who Stand 4 Change. Our program is designed to services local schools, public/private organizations, and recreational parks. Through our partnership we deliver an innovative experience to our members that engage creativity, build confidence, educate, and develop leadership skills through our holistic approach to maximize their innate potential and support girls in exceeding the changes of our society   
Allison Orr
Allison Orr
Austin, TX
Allison Orr is the founder and artistic director of Forklift Danceworks, a dance company based in Austin, Texas.  Defying easy description, Orr’s work challenges audiences to expand notions of dance and performer while posing the question: who and what can be presented on stage? Orr finds the raw material for her work among the stories and everyday experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging.
Alternate ROOTS
Atlanta, GA
Alternate ROOTS is a southern based organization whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms. Alternate ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through programs and services. Resources for Social Change (RSC) trains participants on techniques for using art to create social change. RSC components include workshops, mentorships, and peer education.
Alternate ROOTS
Utica, MS
Alternate ROOTS is an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers the organization strives to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.
Portrait of Alyscia Cunningham, Trinidadian-American artist. Her hair is out in a crinkled look and she has a mustard yellow knitted Pancho. She rests her elbow on the base of the column beside her. Two other columns can be seen in the background with the blue sky in-between. .
Alyscia Cunningham
An author and an accomplished photographer who has contributed to such outlets as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, America Online and the Smithsonian Institution, Alyscia Cunningham graduated from Montgomery College with degrees in photography and web design. She has exhibited her photography throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and New Orleans, LA. Her photographs have been published in several books including The Best of Photography 2011, Beauty Around Us, Endless Journeys and Homes of Color Magazine.
America: Memorial
Plainfield, VT
I am a first-generation American. My parents were exiled during the Soviet Union and we were lucky that they were offered to work for the American government in Germany. More than a decade ago I arrived in Vermont, fleeing an abusive relationship with nothing but my son and three suitcases to my name. Twice my family has sought refuge in America, twice we were welcomed with open arms. We were lucky.  
American Friends Service Committee
Philadelphia, PA
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. American Friends Service Committee, through its various branches, helps immigrants become more active in democracy.
American Jewish World Service
New York, NY
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
Amorous Ebony
Baltimore, MD
Amorous – (1) being in love: enamored (2) of or relating to love. I hail from the great city of Baltimore, Maryland. I am a singer, songwriter, poet and actress. I am also a theater major at Coppin State University here in Baltimore. I am a youth cultural organizer for Youth Resiliency Institute which is an intergenerational group of individuals who express the importance of Kwanzaa’s principles in everyday life, elevate the understanding of cultural consciousness, and development through a rites of passage performing arts process.
New York, NY
Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.
Amy Boone-McCreesh
Baltimore, MD
I am interested in creating work that takes aesthetic cues from international displays of ceremony, design, and decoration. Throughout history, decoration and embellishments often connote power and status. In my work I aim to deconstruct these ideas into contemporary displays while creating a new formal context. Funerary and celebratory ephemera are also used to explore the innate and culturally universal human desire to visually commemorate important moments in time.
Amy Franceschini
San Francisco, CA
Ananya Dance Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
Ananya Dance Theatre: People Powered Dances of Transformation: is a professional, contemporary Indian dance company comprised of women artists of color. We describe ourselves as cultural activists, working through dance and artistic processes to engage audiences, build community, and move towards justice and beauty. Our mission is to create original contemporary Indian dance theater at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice and an ensemble of dancers whose embodied power and beauty create seismic shifts in the ground on which they dance.
Andrea Assaf
Tampa, FL
Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, director, & cultural organizer. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., a not-for-profit collective of women artists, artists of color, queer or trans-identified artists, and creative allies, and who create, develop and produce new and devised theater work, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts, and progressive cultural organizing. Prior to Art2Action, Andrea was Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04).
Andrea Rosenfeld
Morganville, NJ
Fine artist, philanthropist and Development Associate, Andrea Rosenfeld’s exciting journey has been evolutionary and filled with exploration: from a University of Michigan, School of Art and Design student to Fashion Institute of Technology, to Perry Ellis Portfolio Menswear Assistant Merchandiser, to Isaac Mizrahi Ltd. Director of Merchandising and Operations, to creating and owning her own art jewelry line and finally working in creative placemaking and community development.
Andrew Purchin
Santa Cruz, CA
What would happen if the making art was as common as the playing of sports or the shopping for things? I create installations of people making art to inspire the making art in any of its forms by everybody, everywhere. This way people will become more reflective and innovative and our political and social discourse can become more nuanced, innovative and engaging.
Angad Bhalla
New York, NY
Animating Democracy
Washington, DC
Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts that works to inspire, inform, promote and connect arts as a contributor to community, civic, and social change.
Appalachian Community Fund
Knoxville, TN
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
Appalachian Media Institute
Whitesburg, KY
Appalshop is a multi-media arts and cultural organization located in Whitesburg, Kentucky that strives to develop effective ways to use media to address the complex issues facing central Appalachia – a declining coal economy, a legacy of environmental damage, high unemployment rates, and poor educational opportunities and attainment. In 1988 Appalshop staff members founded the Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), a media training program for central Appalachian youth.