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Indy East Art Peace
Indianapolis, IN
Indy East Art Peace aims to use community engagement and creative placemaking to positively impact public safety on Indianapolis' Near Eastside, specifically, the Rural Street corridor between 16th St. and E. Washington St. The partners in the initiative are the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Near East Area Renewal (NEAR), with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
Institute for Art and Civic Engagement
Medford, MA
The Institute for Art and Civic Engagement, a program of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston in partnership with Tisch College and the Museum of Fine Arts, serves as a catalyst for the development of creative ideas, programs, research and action.
Institute for Cultural Partnerships (ICP)
Harrisburg, PA
The Institute for Cultural Partnerships (ICP) facilitates opportunities for understanding among diverse cultures and communities. Through their ongoing work with newcomer artists and communities, they utilize the powerful relationship between arts and effective cultural integration to help build strong newcomer communities in diaspora from within and connect refugees and immigrants with their host communities. ICP is a community-based organization.
Instruments of Change
Vancouver, AK
Instruments of Change uses the arts as an educational tool to empower people to become instruments of transformative change in their own lives. By expanding community access to cultural activities, we allow diverse populations the opportunity to make and experience music and art. Through our community-based art projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, we create synergetic experiences that give both our facilitating artists and our participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.
International Centre of Art for Social Change
The International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) and Simon Fraser University have partnered to establish the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), the first of its kind in North America. ICASC is a global centre for networking, training, professional development, research and community outreach in the burgeoning field of art for social change.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven, CT
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas seeks to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven, CT of the highest quality where world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attract and engage a broad and diverse audience while celebrating and building community and advancing economic development. The Festival's ambitious music, dance, and theater programs fill New Haven with international stars, newly-discovered artists, and a number of U.S. and world premieres each season.
St. Paul, MN
Irrigate is an artist-led creative placemaking initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. This is a unique opportunity that brings together huge infrastructure development, a high concentration of resident artists on both ends of the corridor, a diverse ethnic and cultural mix among the neighborhoods, and a city with a strong track record of artist community engagement. This artist-led community and economic development approach emphasizes cross-sector collaboration with local private and non-profit sectors.
It is What it Is: Conversations About Iraq
New York, NY
Artist Jeremy Deller’s It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq was a multifaceted artistic project, consisting of exhibitions, a road trip, and conversations, involving a multitude of organizations, participants and visitors. The goal of the project was to encourage conversation about the war and about the country of Iraq, and to establish US contact with, and awareness about, Iraqi civilians. It Is What It Is took place over the course of nine months and was hosted by prime organizations across the United States.
It Takes a Village
Baltimore, MD
It Takes a Village is an auxiliary workshop developed for the Village Learning Place’s LINK After School Program. Poetry in Community and the Village Learning Place share the common goal of supporting, educating, and mentoring the youth enrolled in LINK. LINK (Let’s Invest in Neighborhood Kids) is an initiative offering programs and services to strengthen the entire community. LINK After School provides elementary school students with free, challenging, dynamic programming and nutritious snacks every weekday throughout the school year.
It's Not Just Black and White
Phoenix, AZ
It’s Not Just Black and White gave voice to the multiple constituents who are involved with the corrections, incarceration, and the criminal justice system. Artist Gregory Sale used the iconic black and white striped prison uniforms in Maricopa County, Arizona as a metaphor for the highly complex issue of mass incarceration; the intent of the project was to explore and expose the many and often conflicting viewpoints, perspectives, and values that are generated from serious considerations of justice and public safety.
J.J. McKracken
Mt. Rainier, MD
Focusing on the Living Experience—making & consuming, loss, the passage of time—J.J. McCracken constructs immersive installations and works with local communities at the grassroots level. McCracken’s landscapes are composed of earth materials and activated by sound, smell, taste, and living models that move through them, focused on tasks they’ve been assigned. Sometimes, repeating cycles of productive activity yield accumulation—and then things fall apart. Other times, consumption is incessant but drones on, unable to satisfy.
Jackie Calderone
Columbus, OH
Jackie Calderone ( has played many roles throughout her arts career including: presenter, funder, booking agent, fundraiser, evaluator, panelist, board member, educator, and artist. Calderone pulls from these diverse experiences to help organizations and individuals uncover a greater capacity to create, connect, and deepen relationships with their changing communities. Calderone is the Director of TRANSIT ARTS, Artists on the Move, launched in 2007.
Jacqueline Tarry
Brooklyn, NY
A collaborative artist team since 1998, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have worked and exhibited globally, seeking to surface and discuss issues revolving around marginalized members of society. Their work, which moves fluidly between large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video and self-portraiture, challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family. Embedded within their work, whether it is of an historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is their standing as an interracial couple.
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Portland, OR
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 2002 to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education.
james lasley
gainesville, FL
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Jamie Crooke
Los Angeles, CA
Jamie Crooke is a visual artist who incorporates performance and community engaged formats for project-based artwork informed by research. Her interests are at the intersection of urban planning and public health. She works as an artist, educator, and administrator based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Jan Cohen-Cruz
Syracuse, NY
Jane Golden
Philadelphia, PA
Since the Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, Jane Golden has been its driving force, overseeing its growth from a small city agency into the nation's largest mural program, a catalyst for positive social change and a model for community development across the country and around the globe.
Jeff Chang
Berkeley, CA
Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He was a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award.