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Pioneers of Change
New York, NY
Pioneers of Change is a global network for young people in their mid-20s to mid-30s to build capacity and develop relationships needed to affect change in the world. Members of the network connect to communities of practices based on areas of interest. One of these communities is Arts for Social Change, which focuses on applying artistic processes toward social change. Arts for Social Change produces interactive learning tools and learning journey conferences that bring artists and community developers together.
Play Ball - A Dance on Historic Downs Field
Austin, TX
Play Ball on Historic Downs Field was performed May 9th-11th, 2014 to an audience of over 1,500 people. Presented through a partnership between Forklift Danceworks and Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District, Play Ball premiered as part of District Days at Downs Field, a citywide celebration of historic Downs Field.
Play On, Philly!
Philadelphia, PA
Play On, Philly! (POP) is an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Inspired by the social development and music education program of Venezuela called El Sistema, POP seeks to enrich the lives of Philadelphia youth by providing daily musical instruction in communities that have little access to music education.Established in 2011 at St.
Playing For Change Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to creating positive social change through music education in communities around the world. We are driven by the belief that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music. Many of the regions the Playing For Change Foundation works within suffer from extreme poverty, lack of basic resources, limited medical care and educational resources, past conflicts and genocide, unstable governments, and a host of infectious diseases.
Playwrights Project
San Diego, CA
Playwrights Project is a nonprofit arts education organization that seeks to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions. Its programs teach the power of spoken and written language, nurture promising young writers, develop theatre artists and audiences, and honor individuals by dramatizing their life stories.
Poetry in Community
Baltimore, MD
poetry readings; poetry workshops; community events; publishing and bookmaking workshops; resources for classroom enhancement
Point Made Films
New York, NY
Point Made makes films about the various facets of American identity. Founded in 1997, Point Made Films work to document aspects of our society that teach us more about who we are as Americans and as citizens of the world.
Poor Quality: Inequality
Durham, NC
Thirty-four artists were invited to create innovative and engaging artwork after a stimulating discussion on social and economic inequality, wealth distribution, and what is so taxing about taxation. Some chose to explore how to visualize analytical data. Other artists explored the capacity for art to spark an emotional response to the research presented by the Center for Advanced Hindsight. 
Portland Works
Portland, ME
Portland Works employs artmaking as a catalyst to build enduring, authen­tic relationships which are essential to meeting the increasing challenges facing cities. Created in response to civic and social tensions between city employees, elected officials and the immigrant and refugee communities, Portland Works partners municipal participants – city councilors, police, public service, social service, fire and EMS workers – with community leaders who represent both the city’s growing diversity and the residents who have lived here for generations.
Portrait of America
New London, CT
The Portrait of America series initiates monumental, interactive public art exhibitions to engage communities in a constructive dialogue that triggers positive change. The exhibitions hold a mirror up to a community to reveal what is already there – the inherent dignity and promise of its people. Portrait of America partners with established community organizations to ensure a broad community outreach, meet the needs of the city, and establish relationships and programs with a lasting presence and impact. In 2004, artist Joe Standart began Portrait of America in New London, Connecticut.
Portrait of America
New York, NY
Public Arts and educational initiatives
Post Apocolyplic
Baltimore, MD
Created through a series of community Weaving Bees, this abandoned playground is being woven with reclaimed materials into a neighborhood gathering space. This project is aimed at inter-generational collaboration, building friendships and community, as well as sharing weaving skills.
PowerUP
Austin, TX
On September 21st & 22nd, 2013, in the shadow of Austin’s Decker Power Plant, Forklift premiered PowerUP—a performance featuring the employees and machinery of Austin Energy (AE).  With lighting design by Stephen Pruitt and an original musical score by Graham Reynolds, accompanied by a string orchestra led by Austin Symphony Conductor Peter Bay and featuring "digital violin" soloist Todd Reynolds, PowerUP showcased 50+ linemen, electrical technicians and AE employees in a choreographed full-length dance with cranes, bucket and field
Prelude for Yuba Salmon
Durango, CO
Prelude for Yuba Salmon is a collaborative adventure in music, environment, composition and film. Bringing together music students, environmental educators and professional musician mentors, the project explores a defining community issue in the Sierra foothills of northern California: the health of the native salmon run and the importance of watershed conservation. 
Prison Art Coalition
Serving as an online hub for information and resources on arts in American prisons, the Prison Art Coalition is filled with resources, blogs, events and tools to support the various types of people and institutions affected by incarceration.
Prison Arts Project
Santa Cruz, CA
Since 1977, the William James Association has been organizing the Prison Arts Project, a  project funded by the San Francisco Foundation, the NEA, the California Arts Council and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Its success has been because of their dedicated team of art advocates who promote art leading to a better self-image and worth. The prison system is a place of negative behavior, and does little to endorse a positive life after release. Because the Prison Arts Project is so far-reaching, it has had the chance to impact large number of now-free inmates. 
Prison Creative Arts Project
Ann Arbor , MI
The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) was founded in 1990 to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen community through creative expression. Housed in the University of Michigan’s Residential College, faculty and students have worked for over twenty years with community members, both in and outside prisons, to engage in workshops in theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, slam poetry, and music.
Project Cabrini Green
Chicago, IL
Project Cabrini Green is a public art installation addressing the demolition of the last high-rise of the Cabrini-Green housing development. The Project, led by the artist Jan Tichy and developed together with Efrat Appel, was created in collaboration with youth from Chicago, most of them attending educational programs in the Cabrini-Green area and with students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project for Public Spaces
New York, NY
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
Project Onward
Chicago, IL
Project Onward is a studio and gallery dedicated to the creative growth of artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional guidance, and opportunities for exhibition and sales to artists who have exceptional talents but face challenges ranging from autism to mental illness.

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