Services to the Field

Find information on a vast array of organizations that are supporting the work of arts for community, social, and civic change through services to the field—information, tools and resources, networking, advisory support, membership opportunities and more!

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.
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.
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.
Minneapolis, MN
TerraLuna Collaborative views the arts as humanity’s developmental evaluation. Arts-Based Evaluation (ABE) collects, analyzes, and reports data through artistic methods. Examples of ABE methods include photovoice, the visual matrix, verbatim theatre, and gesture harvesting. Coupled with applied neuroaesthetics, Arts-Based Evaluation creates ongoing and dynamic emotional connections to data, inspiring positive change.
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Community Progress exists to help meet the growing need in America's cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places. Community Progress works with public officials, agencies and civic groups to address immediate issues and concerns, to revise underlying policies and practices, to support effective prevention  or control of vacant properties, and to develop the strategies and tools that support sustainable re-use.
Medford, MA
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is a national leader in civic education, whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people to be lifelong active citizens and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship. Tisch College is a catalyst for active citizenship at Tufts and is the only university-wide program of its kind.
Cornwall, England, AK
Transforming Violence offers opportunities for people to participate in innovative strategies for preventing, stopping, and healing violence. Online Exhibits include traveling and temporary exhibitions highlighting healing projects.
New York, NY
Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists.
New York, NY
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of a child's complete education. The Foundation partners with school districts until instrumental music programs are in place in every public elementary and middle school within the district. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
San Francisco, CA
WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. It provides a variety of free networking, fundraising, and advocacy services. WomenArts Network, an online directory of more than 1,400 women artists and artist organizations, is searchable by issues, art form, or type of artist. Listings include brief personal statements, bios, link to the artist's web site, image, and contact information. Women's Employment in the Arts provides educational sources on gender bias in the arts.
Wilmington, NC
Working Films links nonfiction film to cutting edge activism. The goal is to leverage the storytelling power of documentary film to advance the efforts of social, economic, human and civil rights, and environmental justice. Working Films offers consultation, strategic planning for alternative distribution, website and social media development, and complete campaign management services to filmmakers to ensure the content of nonfiction media truly meets the intention for change.

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