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Lima Senior High Dialogue Project
Lima, OH
In January 2008, a tragic shooting in Lima, Ohio resurfaced racial tensions in the community. Lima City Schools enlisted Allen County Common Threads, a locally based volunteer group promoting arts-based civic dialogue, and Sojourn Theatre Company to implement an immediate arts-based project to help Lima Senior High School students process the tragedy. Sojourn interviewed students and wrote, performed, and recorded theatrical monologues expressing student perspectives on the incident and the racial tensions it exposed.
Artist Linda Brant and her dog Casper
Linda Brant
Orlando, FL
My art work examines the ways in which people honor or do not honor nonhuman animals following their deaths.  While companion animals are frequently grieved and honored, those that we depend on for food and other products are rarely recognized.  With a few noteworthy exceptions, the deaths of farm animals, laboratory animals and wild animals go virtually unnoticed.  What makes one species worthy of grieving and another unworthy?  What implications do our values and judgments about nonhumans have for humanity?  I explore these issues through photography, sculpture, interactive, community-bas
Linda Burnham
Saxapahaw, NC
Linda Pollack
New York, NY
Linda Pollack studied economics at Penn State University, and art at the Vrije Akademie in The Hague and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She spent a decade in the lowlands, eventually combining her art practice with cultural policy development while working for the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. At the ECF she set up APEXchanges, a groundbreaking arts mobility fund that addressed post-cold war Europe's east / west cultural and economic divide.
New York, NY
LinkNYC provides the skills, experience, connections, and planning necessary for a young person to develop a career in the growing field of digital media and communications. Our multi-faceted approach is innovative in that it addresses career barriers disproportionately affecting low-income youth, including lack of training, networks, and college preparedness.
Sante Fe, NM
Littleglobe is a New Mexico-based organization consisting of a diverse team of seasoned artists, facilitators, and cultural workers devoted to building individual and community capacity through collaboration and creative engagement. Littleglobe creates collaborative art that encourages community capacity and fosters life-affirming connections across the boundaries that divide us. Littleglobe works in two ways:
Living News
Philadelphia, PA
Living News is a live, theatrical performance that introduces controversial constitutional issues to students, and encourages them to explore their points of view on timely matters of public concern. Three actors present current issues in a dynamic and interactive way, incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts. Living News energizes students by including them in discussion throughout the performance, often generating passionate and enlightening dialogue.
Living News at the National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA
Living News at the National Constitution Center is a live, theatrical performance that introduces controversial constitutional issues to students and encourages them to explore their points of view on timely issues. Three actors present current issues in a dynamic and interactive way. Incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts, Living News energizes students by including them in the discussion throughout the performance. The result will evoke passion and dialogue among your students.
Living Room Art Productions
Houston, TX
In December 2006, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) established our living room art series, an innovative approach designed to bring art directly into residential communities in Houston. The Living Room Art series was created by artist Oskar Sonnen who based the idea on historic art salons and the less formal living room exhibitions of his college days. The goals of living room art are: to bring together disparate neighborhoods and communities; to bring together diverse populations who may not ordinarily go to a gallery/museum; and to tackle social justice through art.
Liz Green
Philadelphia, PA
Liz Green designs audience engagement programs and directs performances with people who might not consider themselves to be performers. She is currently the director for OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre, and the community engagement consultant for the upcoming events surrounding "A Fierce Kind of Love," a project of Visionary Voices and the Temple University Institute for Disabilities.
Liz Lerman
Baltimore, MD
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Takoma Park, MD
Liz Lerman founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976. Its unique brand of dance and theatre breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. Through explosive dancing, personal stories, humor, and a company of performers whose ages span six decades, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange stretches the expressive range of contemporary dance. Its work consists of formal concerts, interactive performances, specialized community residencies, and professional training in the art of community-based dance.
Llano Grande Center
Edcouch, TX
Located in the rural south Texas town of Elsa and approximately 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, the Llano Grande Center is an education nonprofit organization that prepares youth for college by addressing three areas: (1) youth leadership development, (2) asset building and community research, and (3) civic engagement and advocacy. Students who work with the Center build their academic and other skills, as they become researchers, social advocates, and community builders.
Locating the Sacred Festival
New York City, NY
September 12 - 23, 2012 The Asian American Arts Alliance’s vibrant, innovative Locating the Sacred Festival celebrates three decades of the community that was forged together and, importantly, breaks new ground. Even in its nascent stages, the festival has been a triumph of community building, reaching out across New York to new partners for uncommon, exciting collaborations.
Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project
Seattle, WA
The Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project is an urban creek restoration in West Seattle and is part of a larger effort to restore and protect Seattle's creeks as backyard natural resources. The art project consists of earthworks, waterwise gardens, on overlook, a bridge and a pavillion. These are situated to allow people to discover the creek's environment while maintaining protection of wildlife habitat. The restored watershed serves as an outdoor classroom that illuminates the wonders of the urban creek habitat.
Look to the Stars
Oroville, CA
The Look to the Stars web site publicizes the work that celebrities are doing to make a positive difference in the world. The site features a searchable database of more than 2,000 celebrities and has a listing of more than 1,500 charities with descriptions and their celebrity supporters. Also on the site is a listing of top charities and top celebrity supporters for each of a range of causes.
Looking for Love Again
Fairbanks, AK
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 chalkboards at the ground level invite residents to share their memories and hopes. The project helps residents better understand the history and forces that have shaped the area and voice how it can best serve their needs today.
Lorna Jordan
Seattle, WA
Lorna Jordan's art engages communities with place by blurring the boundaries between sculpture, ecology, architecture, and theater. Her work expresses a "systems aesthetic" and provides a dramatic play between form, process, and event. She has received numerous awards for her innovative environments including two EDRA/Places Awards for both Planning and Design, a national ASLA Honor Award for her work with Mithun on the Blue Ring, and two local ASCE awards for the Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project and Waterworks Gardens.
Los Angeles Poverty Department
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performance work that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty. LAPD is committed to creating high-quality, challenging performances that express the realities, hopes, and dreams of people who live and work in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, to building community, and to the artistic and personal development of its members.