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NAMES Project Foundation
Atlanta, GA
The NAMES Project Foundation is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. As such, it seeks to preserve, care for, and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt in order to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS. Virtually every one of the more than 40,000 panels that make up The Quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS, and there is absolutely no cost for a panel maker to add a panel.
Naomi Natale
Albuquerque, NM
Naomi Natale is an installation artist and photographer. She was the founder and director of The Cradle Project, a large scale installation calling attention and raising funds for the 48 million children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists from around the world who were drawn to Natale’s vision. All 550 cradles were shown in one exhibit which had over 6,000 viewers. A catalogue, The Cradle Project, highlights over 75 of the cradles which were a part of the exhibition.
Nathan Cummings Foundation
New York, NY
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. It seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities. The Foundation's approach to grantmaking embodies some basic themes in all of its programs:
National Alliance for Media Art + Culture
San Francisco, CA
The National Alliance for Media + Culture (NAMAC) works to raise the profile and influence of the media arts through support services to institutional members and advocates. Members are supported by research initiatives, leadership training, and advocacy on behalf of media arts. NAMAC members include community-based media production centers and facilities, university-based programs, museums, media presenters and exhibitors, film festivals, distributors, film archives, youth media programs, community access television, digital arts and online groups, and policy-related centers.
National Geographic
Washington, DC
  The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
National Museum of Mexican Art
Chicago, IL
The National Museum of Mexican Art is the largest Latino cultural organization in the country and the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Oakland, CA
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe, and peaceful lives for all.
National Performance Network
New Orleans, LA
The National Performance Network (NPN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. NPN serves artists, arts organizers, and a broad and diverse range of audiences and communities across the country through commissions, residencies, community cultural projects, the NPN Annual Meeting, and other artistic activities.
Native Arts and Culture Foundation
Vancouver, WA
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation is dedicated to promote the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures in all sectors of society through philanthropy and partnership, ensuring a path that benefits present and future generations of indigenous peoples in America.
Native Public Media
Flagstaff, AZ
Native Public Media is dedicated to building and advancing Native access to, ownership of, and participation in media. Native media is used as a tool to advance economic development, preserve language and culture, promote health and education, and facilitate Native American engagement in issues that affect Native nations and communities. Native radio is supported through the New Horizons project, which is an effort to measure radio's impact on building healthier communities and develop best practices for community service.
Negin Farsad
New York, NY
Negin has been named one of the 50 Funniest Women by Huffington Post. She has written, directed, and appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, IFC, Nickelodeon, and PBS among others. Her arts-for-change work has included various satirical video campaigns on healthcare and banking for SEIU, on financial reporting for PCCC, and on collective bargaining for AFL-CIO. She was also commissioned to create a satirical video for Queen Rania of Jordan to dispel stereotypes about Middle Easterners, a series that won the YouTube Visionary Award.
Neighborhood Art Project
Iowa City, IA
In 2003, the City Council of Iowa City endorsed the concept of providing funding for expansion of the Iowa City Public Art program into the neighborhoods of the city. The program, directed to the city's geographically defined neighborhoods, provides funding to the residents of the neighborhood to initiate development of their art programs in their neighborhood. Some of the purposes for developing art in the neighborhoods are:
Nelle Owens Dunlap
I am rooted in community art, both academically and in the field. I have extensive teaching experience in communities diverse in age, race, wealth, and education – in the U.S. and, most recently, in India. Outside of my teaching practice, I have designed youth-focused digital tools and processes which generate opportunities for conversation and socio-political action. As an artist, I use performance and digital technology to explore the formation of identity in a culture that has blurred boundaries between virtual and real.
Nelson Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation
San Francisco, CA
The mission of the Nelson Fund, a committee-advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is to improve and enrich the lives of individuals and families in the Bay Area by supporting agencies that serve seniors and youth in our communities.
Nevada Arts Council
Carson City, NV
To enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens, and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.
New 42nd Street/New Victory Theater
New York City, NY
The New Vic/New 42 Youth Corps is a job training program that provides high school and college-age youth with paid employment and professional training. New Vic Ushers and New 42 Apprentices take on a wide variety of responsibilities bringing them into regular contact with audiences, artists and arts administrators. Their work also provides them with a first-hand look at a variety of shows from around the world, strengthening their appreciation of and connection to the performing arts.
New Dialogues Initiative
Seattle, WA
The New Dialogue Initiative is a multi-strategy program, including multi-sensory exhibits, that address community concerns and urgent needs about contemporary social issues and current news events, giving voice to underrepresented ideas and opinions from the Asian Pacific American community.
New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, MA
NEFA’s mission is to creatively support the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and communities, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region's creative sector.