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Sue Coe
New York, NY
Sue Coe’s paintings and drawings have staked a claim for art as a form of investigative journalism. They expose inequities and gross crimes to harsh light, prodding the viewers into fighting for change. Eschewing abstract style and ambivalent content, Coe makes immediate art that communicates hidden activities in blunt terms. Coe produces high-contrast figurative work with a style that could be described as expressionism—her figures and their surroundings are warped, misshapen, but given solidity through thick lines. Through this aesthetic Coe has depicted rape, war, and slaughter.
Summer Arts Apprenticeship Program
Chicago, IL
Street-Level's annual Summer Arts Apprenticeship Program (SAAP) is an intensive media arts internship program for youth ages 14 to 19. In SAAP youth: work with artist mentors to strengthen their skills in audio production, video production, graphic design, or photography; produce original work based on a theme that explores social, cultural, and political issues relevant to their lives; and collaborate to design and install a group exhibition at the end of the program.
Sundance Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Sundance Institute supports original storytelling worldwide, focusing on independent film and theatre. The Documentary Film Program is a financial and creative resource for independent documentary film artists working with human rights and social justice themes to create a more aware, engaged and active citizenry.
Surdna Foundation
New York, NY
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For five generations, since 1917, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure - Art Tent, 2012
Jackson, NJ
Using large sheets of paper, anyone of the 20,000 Race guests could draw their emotions about breast cancer, honor a survivor or remember someone who lost the fight. After all 10 sheets of paper were covered by our guests, I cut measured 1.5" lines on the back of each sheet, creating warp and weft lines. Komen volunteers gathered at headquarters to cut each sheet and begin weaving them into fabric. Working together, both at the Race, and afterwards in the weaving "circle", we created using single strips, strong fabric which represents the fact that we are stronger united than singly.
Susan Malone
Baltimore, MD
Wide Angle Youth Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through quality after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and an annual Youth Media Festival, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media. http://wideanglemedia.org/watch/
Sweet Home New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Sweet Home New Orleans (SHNO) supports individuals and organizations that perpetuate New Orleans' unique musical and cultural traditions. It provides services to artists that foster economic development and community revitalization. SHNO has helped more than 4,000 members of New Orleans’ music community recover from Katrina by providing more than $3 million in targeted financial assistance, paying for hundreds of local gigs each year, and connecting clients to the resources they need to sustain themselves.
Talking Eyes Media
Montclair, NJ
Talking Eyes Media (TEM) was founded in 2002 by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi as a 501(c)(3) public interest organization. Since its founding, Talking Eyes has been at the forefront of multimedia storytelling, generating award-winning work on topics ranging from the uninsured in America to oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, from finding permanent homes for foster children to the residual impact of Agent Orange. TEM has a multi-disciplinary approach, combining exceptional video, photography, writing, and audio, to produce and distribute powerful media on pressing social issues.
Tamejavi Festival
Fresno, CA
For its founders, Tamejavi symbolizes the remembrance of a public space in which a community gathers together to exchange goods, produce, crafts, important news, and to celebrate seasonal events. It brings to mind the place where community members speak about day-to-day happenings and oftentimes about more weighty matters, such as whether or not not public officials are complying with their civic duties. As the product of collective organizing among diverse Central Valley immigrant communities, Tamejavi Festival strives to create a public space for intercultural learning and expression.
Tamms Year 10
Chicago, IL
In 2008, ten years after Tamms CMAX Prison opened, human rights advocates started a program to help those incarcerated there to cope with the long-term and inhumane conditions. Tamms Year 10 is a project created by human rights activists that allows the public to get insight into the negative effects of extended solitary confinement, and how it directly correlates with the inability for inmates to react to rehabilitation tactics and creates poor mental health. Tamms Poerty and the Photo Request from Solidarity are both projects that use the arts to help connect those in confinement with the
TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater
Madison, WI
TAPIT/new works creates, produces and performs original works, collaborating with artists working in the disciplines of theater, tap dance, visual arts and music; brings the arts to audiences of all ages and backgrounds; encourages participation in the arts through outreach; and enriches the lives of individuals and communities. Our work is all about artistic innovation and community connection.
Teaching Artist Academy
Burlington , VT
The Teaching Artist Academy is a new project of the Orchestra Engagement Lab. In the first year of the Lab, we guided ten orchestras to create ambitious new community engagement projects in their home areas, in relation to a co-commission of a new orchestral work. This year we are adding a five day intensive Academy to train musicians in ways to design and lead ambitious community engagement projects. The project is led by Eric Booth and a team of experienced Teaching Artists.
Tear Up the Front Page: Performance and Public Discussion
Madison, WI
Tear Up the Front Page: Performance and Public Discussion combined statewide listening sessions in Wisconsin with the performance of a new play by Danielle Dresden focusing on media issues and the challenges faced by reporters in our contemporary socio-political climate. There were five statewide media listening sessions with follow-up visits to three of the sites.
Tectonic Theater Project
New York, NY
Tectonic Theater Project is an award-winning company dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with its audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports readings, workshops, and full theatrical productions, as well as training for students around the country in its play-making techniques. Tectonic has focused on creating groundbreaking productions constructed from detailed review of interviews, letters, journals, and historical documents.
Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA)
Brooklyn, NY
The Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA) is an after-school program, modeled on a traditional apprenticeship, in which teens create public art for community-based organizations, working in Groundswell's studio with a particular emphasis on skills development. Youth in Groundswell programs develop and hone their skills in four key areas – creativity; collaboration; critical thinking; and compassion.
Telling Stories
San Diego, CA
Telling Stories creates theatre from the life experiences of youth in the foster care system. Playwright Project developed the program in partnership with the LEAP (Leadership Empowers All Possibilities) Board of the San Diego Foster Youth Initiative, a group of young adults involved in advocating for changes to the system. The LEAP Board named the program after a sentiment frequently expressed by foster youth: “We go through many trials and tribulations and when we talk about what has happened to us, the response is ‘You’re lying. That didn’t happen.
Temple University Music Preparatory Division
Philadelphia, PA
~~Temple Music Prep’s Community Music Scholars Program (CMSP), which provides comprehensive and high-quality music instruction for low income school children from Philadelphia. For 30 weeks during the academic year, students engage with instructors and peers in music education and development.
Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture
New York, NY
Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture was a 10-day public event consisting of lectures, discussions, presentations, film screenings, and a range of participatory events, bringing together architects, activists, geographers, planners, economists, and the general public. The project was conceptualized by the biannual journal on architecture and politics An Architectur and was commissioned and hosted by Performa and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Tennessee Arts Commission
Nashville, TN
The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is that the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts.
Tenure Team Initiative (TTI)
Syracuse, NY
The Tenure Team Initiative (TTI) is one of the consortium's most important initiatives to date, and seeks to articulate and support the adventurous work of publicly engaged scholars and artists. Led by National Co-chairs, Nancy Cantor (Chancellor and President of Syracuse University) and Steven D. Lavine (President of the California Institute of the Arts), team members seek to develop a broad understanding of the university’s public mission and its impact on changing scholarly and creative practices in the cultural disciplines.

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