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Marshall Reese
Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese have collaborated together as Ligorano/Reese since the early 80’s. They use collaboration to blend diverse talents into a singular voice and vision. In the process of creating their work, their individual contributions cross and criss-cross between each other from brainstorming to realizing and making the art on location or in the studio.
Marty Pottenger
Portland, ME
Since 1975, writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger has created performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States and Europe. A former union activist, Board Chair of the American Festival Project and member of Heresies magazine core collective, Pottenger moved to Portland Maine in 2007 to launch Art At Work, a national initiative to strengthen cities and improve municipal government through strategic arts projects involving city employees, elected officials, community leaders, and local artists.
MARZ Project
Eureka, CA
The MARZ Project is a safe space for youth engaging in healthy self-expression, confidence and leadership skills building, and building a creative and just community.
MARZ Project
Eureka, CA
The MARZ Project is a free drop in digital arts and media lab where at risk youth work one on one with professionals in specific media trades.  Anyone in the age range of the project can utilize our equipment and expertise to create projects of their own design including digital or studio arts, music instruments or music production, and video production.  Our professional media makers have been trained, not only in how to teach their skills to this age group, but also how to effectively mentor teens and young adults struggling with behavioral challenges, mental illness, developmental delays
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
Matt Mitchell
Amherst, MA
Matt Mitchell seeks ways to interact with issues in the public realm through using the public conception of traditional representational painting as a kind of social currency.
Matthew Perry
Starksboro, VT
After graduating from the Swain School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, Matthew established his own graphic design and illustration studio. In 1989, Matthew created his own cartoon strip, "Cyrus and Ida", which appears weekly in the Vermont News Guide and is now a monthly addition to the Starksboro Gazette. His paintings and sculptures are inspired by his surroundings whether in Vermont or through his travels in Europe, Brazil and Central America where he has also exhibited in group and solo shows.
McCormick Foundation
Chicago, IL
The McCormick Foundation support youth media groups that help teach teenagers skills in media production and journalism, support and encourage youth voice, and help broader society by making us more aware of the issues and concerns of young people.
McKenzie River Gathering Foundation
Portland, OR
The McKenzie River Gathering Foundation inspires people to work together for justice and mobilizes resources for Oregon communities as they build collective power to change the world.
Meaningful Media
Culver City, CA
The mission of Meaningful Media (MM) is to increase the quality, visibility, and impact of social issue media. MM maintains a network of creators, distributors, and advocates of socially relevant media through membership programs, professional networks, and student chapters. The Meaningful Mediapedia (under development) will be a dynamic web resource that aggregates, curates, and celebrates pro-social media across issue types and media forms.
Media and Public Service Program
Medford, MA
The mission of the MPS Program is to give all Tufts students the media tools and resources that will prepare them for lifetimes of active citizenship and service to society. The Program blends the capabilities of a university-wide civic education initiative and a robust undergraduate media studies program. MPS reaches across the campus bringing Tufts faculty and students together with community members and activists.
Melanie Hammet
Melanie Hammet is a performing songwriter who's active participation in city government has influenced and been influenced by her music. Hammet's experience with community and government involvement draws directly from the eight years she served on the Pine Lake city council. While there, Hammet worked on the overhaul of the city’s zoning code to better protect the natural and built environment of the city.
Melanie Hammet
Pine Lake, GA
"Life Sentence" is a collection of songs based on the wrongful conviction of Clarence Harrison. Written by Melanie Hammet and Ben Holst, this music is currently available as a performance by Melanie, Ben, and Clarence Harrison, en route to becoming an album of songs benefitting Georgia Innocence Project. Mr. Harrison was exonerated by GIP seven years ago.
Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
Auburn, NY
The largest touring children’s theatre in Upstate New York and one of the largest in the country, The Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre reaches more than 100,000 students across the state through its curriculum based multi-discipline Sequential Dramatics Program. Originally offering weekend drama classes for local youth under the name Auburn Children’s Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse was founded in September of 1958. In 1961, the children’s theatre instituted a semi-professional in-school program. Within four years the program began touring state-wide.
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
New York, NY
The Mertz Gilmore Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution that supports and promotes human rights, healthy communities, the performing arts, and a sustainable environment. The New York City Dance program sustains the high visability of dance in the city and brings together artists and audiences. The Human Rights in the U.S. program tests and supports human rights advocacy to realize social change and justice in the U.S.
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
St. Paul, MN
The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council increases access to the arts in 7-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support and grants.
MFA in Community Arts
Baltimore, MD
The MFA in Community Arts (MFACA) prepares artists to use their artmaking as a means of civic, youth, and community development, or to teach at the post-secondary level. The curriculum provides students with a grounding in theory and practice, while real-world experience integrates independent artmaking with community-based projects.
Mia Jones
Baltimore, MD
CrE3sol is a variation of the Spanish word "crisol" roughly meaning "melting pot". Our blog is an extension of a collection of young artists and art lovers in Baltimore, Cre3Sol is fresh, it's tasty, it's full and it's a true spiritual experience.. cooked with love. Keep up with Cre3Sol events and promotions on our website!
Michael John Garcés
Los Angeles, CA
For Cornerstone, Michael has directed Making Paradise by Tom Jacobson, Shishir Kurup and Deborah Wicks La Puma, 3 Truths by Naomi Iizuka, Someday by Julie Marie Myatt, attraction by Page Leong, and The Falls by Jeffrey Hatcher (at the Guthrie Theater). He also wrote Los Illegals, the first play of the Justice Cycle, created in collaboration with communities of day laborers and domestic workers and which was subsequently produced by Teatro Bravo in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael Rohd
Portland, OR
Michael Rohd has been exploring the intersection of theatre and democracy for years with Sojourn Theatre and through his projects with collaborators and universities around the nation. He is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon, a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy Exemplar Award.

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