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Leslie Schwartz
Los Angeles, CA
Leslie Schwartz is the author of two literary novels, Jumping the Green (Simon & Schuster, 1999) and Angels Crest (Doubleday, 2004.) Jumping the Green won the James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel and was published in three languages. Angels Crest was a Book Sense 76 pick and was published in nine languages. The film version of the book wrapped principal photography in December, 2009. The film title is Waska. In 2004 Schwartz was named Kalliope Magazine's Woman Writer of the Year.
Leyla Rzayeva
Baltimore, MD
Art is a valuable medium for collaboration. As a printmaker, I place importance in collaborative work by sharing my ideas, technique, and resources. Currently, I am building a print shop that will serve my community as a place for providing art-making opportunities to the public.
LIFEbeat, Inc.
New York, NY
LIFEbeat is dedicated to reaching America's youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. LIFEbeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and to provide support to the AIDS community. Outreach programs include providing club and concert goers with safe sex materials and HIV/AIDS prevention information. The Hearts & Voices program organizes live music concerts for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS at numerous facilities throughout New York City. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Austin, TX
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a multi-arts initiative, with an original ballet by Stephen Mills of Ballet Austin at its core. The somber and thought-provoking ballet serves as a vehicle for evoking the events of the Holocaust and celebrates the legacy of its survivors. The project in its entirety is a multi-dimensional arts and education collaboration that aims to generate civic dialogue on prejudice and hatred, and to provoke public commitment to action against bigotry in any form.
Light House Studio
Charlottesville, VA
Light House brings young people together to make movies. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit filmmaking center dedicated to helping students develop their vision and show their work. We believe in the importance of collaboration and community, the creativity of young minds, and the lasting benefits of our hands-on mentor-based approach to teaching the art of filmmaking.
Lighten Up
Hartford, CT
As part of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s Artist Residency program, MATRIX 164 artist Jan Tichy partnered with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to produce a series of light - based public art works that highlight the teens’ perspectives on social issues and the history and culture of Hartford’s North End. The works were installed on May 20, 2012 and will remain as long as the batteries and materials are intact.
Lily Yeh
Philadelphia, PA
From 1986 – 2004, Lily Yeh served as the co-founder, executive director, and lead artist of The Village of Arts and Humanities, a non-profit organization with the mission to build community through art, learning, land transformation and economic development. Under her eighteen years of leadership The Village’s summer park building project developed into an organization with twenty full-time and part-time employees, hundreds of volunteers, and a $1.3 million budget.
Lima Senior High Dialogue Project
Lima, OH
In January 2008, a tragic shooting in Lima, Ohio resurfaced racial tensions in the community. Lima City Schools enlisted Allen County Common Threads, a locally based volunteer group promoting arts-based civic dialogue, and Sojourn Theatre Company to implement an immediate arts-based project to help Lima Senior High School students process the tragedy. Sojourn interviewed students and wrote, performed, and recorded theatrical monologues expressing student perspectives on the incident and the racial tensions it exposed.
Artist Linda Brant and her dog Casper
Linda Brant
Orlando, FL
My art work examines the ways in which people honor or do not honor nonhuman animals following their deaths.  While companion animals are frequently grieved and honored, those that we depend on for food and other products are rarely recognized.  With a few noteworthy exceptions, the deaths of farm animals, laboratory animals and wild animals go virtually unnoticed.  What makes one species worthy of grieving and another unworthy?  What implications do our values and judgments about nonhumans have for humanity?  I explore these issues through photography, sculpture, interactive, community-bas
Linda Burnham
Saxapahaw, NC
Linda Pollack
New York, NY
Linda Pollack studied economics at Penn State University, and art at the Vrije Akademie in The Hague and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She spent a decade in the lowlands, eventually combining her art practice with cultural policy development while working for the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. At the ECF she set up APEXchanges, a groundbreaking arts mobility fund that addressed post-cold war Europe's east / west cultural and economic divide.
New York, NY
LinkNYC provides the skills, experience, connections, and planning necessary for a young person to develop a career in the growing field of digital media and communications. Our multi-faceted approach is innovative in that it addresses career barriers disproportionately affecting low-income youth, including lack of training, networks, and college preparedness.
Sante Fe, NM
Littleglobe is a New Mexico-based organization consisting of a diverse team of seasoned artists, facilitators, and cultural workers devoted to building individual and community capacity through collaboration and creative engagement. Littleglobe creates collaborative art that encourages community capacity and fosters life-affirming connections across the boundaries that divide us. Littleglobe works in two ways:
Living News
Philadelphia, PA
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 and interactive way, incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts. Living News energizes students by including them in discussion throughout the performance, often generating passionate and enlightening dialogue.
Living News at the National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA
Living News at the National Constitution Center is a live, theatrical performance that introduces controversial constitutional issues to students and encourages them to explore their points of view on timely issues. Three actors present current issues in a dynamic and interactive way. Incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts, Living News energizes students by including them in the discussion throughout the performance. The result will evoke passion and dialogue among your students.
Living Room Art Productions
Houston, TX
In December 2006, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) established our living room art series, an innovative approach designed to bring art directly into residential communities in Houston. The Living Room Art series was created by artist Oskar Sonnen who based the idea on historic art salons and the less formal living room exhibitions of his college days. The goals of living room art are: to bring together disparate neighborhoods and communities; to bring together diverse populations who may not ordinarily go to a gallery/museum; and to tackle social justice through art.
Liz Green
Philadelphia, PA
Liz Green designs audience engagement programs and directs performances with people who might not consider themselves to be performers. She is currently the director for OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre, and the community engagement consultant for the upcoming events surrounding "A Fierce Kind of Love," a project of Visionary Voices and the Temple University Institute for Disabilities.
Liz Lerman
Baltimore, MD