Democracy/Civic Participation

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Strengthening Los Angeles communities through effective philanthropy and civic engagement.
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Allen County Common Threads Theater Project addressed issues of race, leadership, and water resources that divided public officials and residents of Ohio’s Allen County. The goal was to engage a large cross-section of both city and county...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Partners in Action is a program that gives Alternate ROOTS the opportunity to manifest more deeply its mission to support progressive artists working in grassroots communities throughout the fourteen states of the South. It offers artists and...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Looking for Love Again is an interactive public art project that collects residents’ stories and ideas about the vacant Polaris Building in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. The empty high-rise is turned into an emotional beacon pleading for love while...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Bush Foundation wants to help shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and in the 23 sovereign tribal nations that share the same geography. They invest in courageous and effective leadership that significantly...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Assessing the full impact of public scholarship necessitates involving non-higher education partners along with students, faculty, and the college or university itself. Imagining America calls this integrated assessment, recognizing that too often...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Since 1975, writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger has created performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States and Europe. A former union activist, Board Chair of the...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) grew out of Pom Siab Hmoob Theatre (PSHT), the first Hmong theatre company in the world. In 1998, PSHT organizers decided to expand their focus beyond theater arts in order to serve more artists in the...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
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...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF) showcases the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop live and on stage. Using the elements of Hip-Hop culture (including MCing, DJing, Hip-Hop dance, graffiti and Spoken Word), Hip-Hop Theater tells...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Our foundation's name refers to the narrow source of a river— the headwaters. The organizations we fund are small, but, very quickly, the work they do becomes a powerful, rushing current, working to wipe social injustice from the community. Unlike...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
The Funding Exchange is a growing network of 16 public foundations and a national office that together grant nearly $15 million annually to grassroots organizations working for social, racial, economic and environmental justice around the country....
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Part studio and part gallery, part lounge and part caucus, Freedom of Assembly evolves from bare walls as students explore their political identity as individuals and as a community through creative collaboration. Organized by MCAD’s Student...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014
Rock the Vote works at the intersection of popular culture and politics to engage and build political power for young people in our country. This mission is accomplished by providing tools for organizations to hold voter registration drives...
Last Updated: August 14, 2014

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