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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.
Michelle L. Josey
San Diego, CA
I work intermodally and interdisciplinary in the arts. I'm focused on participation in social practice; the space that ignites and diverges when people come together in union with the intent to be critically creative in order to resolve some common concern. When people push past the titles, the definitions put in place by popular culture and take initiative to claim their own through embodiment, through action, anything is possible. One doesn't have to be an artist to create. Simply human. 
Military Veterans Writing Workshop
Los Angeles, CA
The Writers Guild Foundation (WGF) holds an annual retreat for veterans and active duty service members, known as the Military Veterans Writing Workshop. WGF provides an outlet for those returning from war who might be having difficulties transitioning back to the civilian community. WGF’s writing workshop allows service members to work through troubling experiences and mine their creative talent by strengthening their writing ability with guidance from professional screen, television, and novel writers. The retreats host 50 to 60 service member writers and 25 to 30 mentor writers.
Minneapolis Art on Wheels
Minneapolis, MN
MAW is Magic and Wizardry, More Art Wherever, Maybe After Work, Media At Work and Minneapolis Art on Wheels.
Minneapolis Foundation
Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis Foundation believes that the well-being of each citizen is connected to that of every other and that the vitality of any community is determined by the quality of those relationships. The Foundation’s purpose is to join with others to strengthen community, in measurable and sustainable ways, for the benefit of all citizens, especially those who are disadvantaged.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
WInona, MN
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is a nonprofit community arts school and affiliate program of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Located in Winona, MN that has been inspiring, educating, and nurturing students of all ages through dance classes, music lessons, music lessons, art workshops, theatre camps ans more since 1973. Our programming is designed to provide physical and aesthetic benefits, heightened self-respect, discipline, and confidence.
Minnesota Opera
Minneapolis, MN
Music Out Loud is an opera-based El Sistema-inspired program that works with middle school students in an after school setting. The program uses all aspects of opera (music, theater, movement, set design, stage management, etc.) as a means to reach the program goals of social development. Lead by Teaching Artists, the program is uniquely built around the goals and objectives of each school site.
Mississippi Arts Commission
Jackson, MS
The Mississippi Arts Commission serves as a catalyst for the arts in Mississippi.
Missouri Arts Council
St. Louis, MO
The Missouri Arts Council--as public leader, partner and catalyst--is dedicated to braodening the appreciation and availability of the arts in the State and fostering the diversity, vitality and excellence of Missouri's communities, economy and cultural heritage.
Mixing it Up
Chicago, IL
The urban American landscape is rapidly changing, as high-rise public housing is being demolished and its residents dispersed. Once heralded as a revolutionary design solution to address a pressing housing shortage, Chicago’s public housing structures have rapidly deteriorated, and living standards have become sub-standard. Mixing It Up uses film to explore the redevelopment of Chicago’s public housing.
Minneapolis, MN is an online database of Minnesota artists and arts organizations in all disciplines that seeks to improve the lives of Minnesota artists and provide access to and engagement with Minnesota's arts culture. It offers Minnesota-based artists a central gathering place on the Web as a marketplace and community hub, and offers the public a new way to explore art and get to know Minnesota artists. Although the database is not specifically oriented to arts for change, artists' self-defined categories include social/political performance art, environmental art, and engagement.
Moisés Kaufman
New York, NY
Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright. Most recently, Mr. Kaufman directed  the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning I Am My Own Wife on Broadway (Obie award for direction, Tony, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortell, Drama Desk Awards nomination) Mr. Kaufman’s plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade.