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Jerome Foundation
Saint Paul, MN
The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit art organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.
Joe Standart
New York, NY
Standart began his career working for the National Park Service in Alaska, where he spent 2 years fording rivers, climbing mountains, and fighting off bears and mosquitoes, while documenting the last frontier.
John Malpede
Los Angeles, CA
John Malpede, directs, performs and engineers multi-event arts projects that have theatrical, installation, public art and education components. In 1985 Malpede founded and continues to direct the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), the first performance group in the nation comprised primarily of homeless and formerly homeless people. LAPD creates performances that connect lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.
John O'Neal
New Orleans, LA
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Miami, FL
The Knight Foundation seeks opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism in order to help them reach their highest potential. The Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change.
Johnson City Area Arts Council
Johnson City, TN
The Council's mission is to strengthen and support arts and culture in Northeast Tennessee by preserving and promoting the region's cultural heritage, and by making arts and culture accessible to a broad range of people.
Jonathan Erwin
Baltimore, MD
How can we combat urban heat islands in East Baltimore, working with community partners, city government, and other organizations to find an adaptable sustainable solution for affordable healthy living?
José Mateo
Cambridge, MA
Cuban-born José Mateo is founder and artistic director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre, one of America’s leading producers of new ballets, and the area’s most innovative school for quality ballet training. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s highly acclaimed Company is presenting 50 performances in 5 distinct programs representing 25 years of Mateo’s artistic achievement in choreography. The School offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion.
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
Cambridge, MA
Founded in 1986, José Mateo Ballet Theatre's company and school have forged a new model for a ballet organization through innovative programming, artistic excellence, and extensive community outreach. Critically acclaimed, José Mateo Ballet Theatre is distinguished as the only ballet company in New England to produce an entire repertory by it's own resident choreographer. After performing at Boston's Emerson Majestic Theatre for a decade, the company has been based at the Sanctuary Theatre since 2001.
Josh Schachter
Tucson, AZ
Josh Schachter is a photographer, visual storyteller, educator, and community activist who has worked for organizations throughout the U.S. to document issues from urban revitalization to food security. His images have been published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers, films and web sites, in venues ranging from the New York Times to the Navajo Times. Josh earned a master’s degree in environment management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies, where he explored how urban youth could use photography to share their own lives and perspectives.
Jotalogues: Talking Taboo in the LGBTQAI-U
Berkeley, CA
Jotalogues: Talking Taboo in the LGBTQAI-U is a theater/performance piece written and performed by Adelina Anthony & D'Lo and directed by Mark Valdez. Steeped in witty language and physical humor, Jotalogues tackles our multiple intersections from a pan-ethnic, pan-generational, and pan-sexual viewpoint.  As our communities continue to face deep crisis, Jotalogues gives voice to the most marginalized—and it’s not your typical queers.  In this show, Adelina and D’Lo, create zany characters to explore the effects of non-regulated human impact and destruction on our planet.
Joyce Drayton Profile
Philadelphia, PA
Churhc Organiist & Choir Director for an 0 inner city church for 59 years and organized a music center to provide affordable music instrcution opoortunitities for at risk inner city youth and families. Paving the way for any youngster who has a desire to study music or performing arts can do so.  Giving back to a community that was cutlurally starved due to the distressed social and economical conditions of the community. No one wanted to come into our community and now programs are all over but we still have the only full service music school in the community..
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, IL
The Joyce Foundation aims to improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region.
Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Miami, FL
A filmmaker and video artist, Zaldívar completed both his BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty. Zaldívar started his film career as a sound editor and designer, his work can be heard in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility", in Nanette Burstein and Bret Morgan's "On the ropes" and on HBO’s America Undercover, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination. His film and video art works have been screened at many festivals worldwide and on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE.
Jubilee Arts
Baltimore, MD
Jubilee Arts is a community program providing arts classes to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Jubilee Arts is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, an area with a rich history of African-American culture, and is helping to bring the arts back to life in our community! Jubilee Arts offers programming in dance, visual arts, creative writing and ceramics in partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Clayworks, area artists and writers, and dancers.
Judy Baca
Venice, CA
Baca is at the top of a distinguished list of artist creators. What sets her apart from many other artists is an inspired ability to teach and a creative pursuit of relevancy in developing educational and community based art methodologies. Through a lifetime of achievement, Baca has stood for art in service of equity for all people. She is a lesson for us on the integration of one’s ethics with creative expression, never compromising and never flagging in her devotion to a practice that is committed to public education for all and to pedagogical process for its participants.
Jules Rochielle
Los Angeles, CA
Jules Rochielle is a socially and politically engaged artist interested in innovative public practices and collaborations. She has held artist residencies at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions),Knowles West Media Center, Bristol UK and with The Sequoia Parks Foundation, Visalia, CA.
Leading rain barrel painting at Sustainable Berea's Urban Farm in September 2016
Julie Struck
Berea, KY
The mixed media and digital artwork I produce reflect and illustrate my interest in dissolving boundaries and celebrating connections between art, writing, science and other typically unassociated disciplines. Primary themes include family, history, truth, memorialization, as well as the work of women, and what women have experienced in our culture both past and present.
Julie Winokur
Montclair, NJ
Julie Winokur is a writer and documentary film producer whose work uses the power of visual media to catalyze positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and, among others. Her latest film, Firestorm, will air on the Documentary Channel and was nominated for a Northern California Emmy Award.
Jumblies Theatre
Jumblies Theatre was founded in 2001 to create socially engaged art projects and performances “with, for and about the people and stories” in the immigrant and low-income communities of Toronto.  But the company’s roots go back more than a decade to founder Ruth Howard’s introduction to the British concept of “community play”—highly visual, activist theatre on an epic scale.  Beginning as a costume designer, Howard would go on to design other community plays across Canada and Britain before producing her own art projects and launching Jumblies.