Profiles - Artists, Organizations, and Projects

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Social Impact of the Arts Project
Philadelphia, PA
The Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) is a research center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. SIAP conducts research on the role of arts and culture in American cities focusing on strategies of arts-based revitalization. Since 1994, SIAP has focused on developing empirical methods to study the links between cultural engagement and community well-being. Research reports and publications are available from SIAP's web site.
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Antioch, CA
In a world of uncertainty and uneasy policies, laws, regulations, biases, stereotypes, assumptions, and prejudices what are we to do?  In a world full of isms: racism, sexism, ableism, classism and so much more, what are we to do? The Social Justice Sewing Academy empowers young people to use their experiences and intelligence and creativity to sew their worlds showing how they see problems and opportunities for growth and change.  To contribute to this project please visit our Instagram (@sjsacademy) and send us a DM or message us through the website!
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Antioch, CA
Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a critical education program that fosters participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and social change. We bring together artist-mentors, local youth, and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects.  We promote the model of the artist as citizen, actively engaged in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art.
Social Practices Art Network
Los Angeles, CA
Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) is a web-based resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and public and socially engaged art practices. SPAN’s website highlights projects, opportunities, news, and profiles from the field.
Sojourn Theatre
Portland, OR
Sojourn Theatre is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based company making new performance in Portland, Oregon and around the nation. With commitments to both adventurous theatricality and community engagement, Sojourn creates unique, often site-specific investigations that ask questions exploring social and political issues in sophisticated, thoughtful ways, and honoring complexity and multiple perspectives. Through event, story, and metaphor, audiences find connections amid differences, and commonalities in their communities’ disparate narratives.
Sonia Baez Hernandez
Sonia Baez-Hernandez
Maimi, FL
My art crosses boundaries from installations and performance arts to documentary to poetry. My work responds to issues of human rights, police brutality, embodiment (art healing), health disparities, biomedicine, medical deportation, climate change and the immigration detention deportation apparatus. My interest on the arts allow mw to expand the dialogue and awareness about social transformation, climate and racial justice and meditations about identity., gender...
SOSSI (Saving Our Sons & Sisters International)
Atlanta, GA
Saving Our Sons & Sisters International (SOSSI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of “no excuse” lead- ers of integrity committed to making a difference in the lives of youth and adults, by transforming and improving their educational experiences and outcomes. Our organized collaborative provides supportive leadership and strategic focus with systematic solutions.
South Arts
Atlanta , GA
South Arts strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.
Southern Word
Nashville, TN
Through words, all youth claim the power and hope to determine their future. Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. We are absolutely committed to providing youth, especially in underserved communities, with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly present their voices both live and in print, video, audio, and digital media.
Speak Out Now
Oakland, CA
SpeakOut is dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, cultural literacy, leadership development, and activism. A searchable online database of provides access to a network of over 100 speakers, artists, and strategic partners provide experiential learning opportunities through lectures, workshops, film screenings, performances and curriculum development.
Spiral Q Puppet Theater
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia’s Spiral Q Puppet Theater lives at the intersection of the arts and social justice communities. Working from the belief that freedom of speech is both an inalienable individual right and a collective responsibility, Spiral Q strives to use the age-old arts of puppet-making and theatrical pageantry as vehicles for social change.
Split This Rock
Washington, DC
Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Washington, DC
The Split This Rock Poetry Festival explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, MN
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization in St. Paul MN that cultivates vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to impact positive and sustained growth. Springboard for the Arts believes that artists are key contributors to community issues and develops programs and services to link artists to the work of municipal, civic, and community agencies and initiatives.
Square Inches of Love
Los Angeles, CA
A project everyone is invited to get involved with! OPeX studios, a child-centric architectural design company in Los Angeles, has initiated an innovative public exhibition project entitled Square Inches of Love, to weave the digital and physical worlds through the mediums of architecture and design into a demonstration of the effect the digital revolution and increased virtual world interactions are having on the very concept of “space” and its use.
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Regional Arts Commission's mission is to support, foster and encourage art and culture/artists in the STL region.
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission/Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute
St. Louis, MO
The Regional Arts Commission was founded in 1985 to promote, encourage, and foster the arts and cultural institutions in St. Louis City and County and to contribute to the economic development of the area through a strong presence of the arts. The mission of the Regional Arts Commission is to create an environment that nurtures artists as well as arts and cultural organizations by:
Stanton Heights Steps Project
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-1652, PA
Our vision is to transform a set of Pittsburgh city steps -- at the gateway to Stanton Heights as you enter it from Lawrenceville -- into a magnificent mosaic work of public art. Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin has designed a whimsical, humorous, stunning image of diversity and nature that represents the essence of the neighborhood. The image will unfold on the outside of each of the 44 steps, and full image can be seen in one view. 
Starksboro Art & Soul
Starkboro, VT
Through the Art & Soul project, Starksboro has begun a process of identifying and protecting the people, places, and traditions that citizens treasure and that connect them to one another and to their town. The arts and storytelling will be used as a catalyst for collaborative, creative and deep explorations of the community’s values, hopes and fears to support residents in planning for their future.
Starling Project
Minneapolis, MN
Many storefronts on University Avenue are vacant, due in part to Central Corridor Light Rail construction. Increased vacancy rates create a downward spiral as the remaining businesses draw fewer customers. This has a negative impact on the surrounding community. We hope to help turn this cycle around, matching building owners of vacant spaces with people who are looking for “nesting” spaces – short-term opportunities to try out new businesses, galleries, or other types of workspace and event space.

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