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Opportunity Agenda
New York, NY
The Opportunity Agenda was founded to expand opportunity in America for people of color, poor people, immigrants, and women who face multiple barriers to opportunity that cannot be overcome through individual effort alone. The Opportunity Agenda builds support through communications and media, research, training social justice leaders, and policy advocacy.
Opportunity NOW
Nashville, TN
Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people inDavidson County access to employment. In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adultsworking during the summers and after-school. At the same time, Nashville employers across various industriesare concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned throughactual work experience.
Orange County NY Arts Council, Inc.
Sugar Loaf, NY
Our Vision: The Orange County Arts Council envisions a community that supports the arts and appreciates how the arts enrich human experience and illuminate the human condition. Our Mission: To strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. These goals are accomplished by coordinating and facilitating relationships among arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public.
Orchestra Engagement Lab
Montpelier , VT
The Orchestra Engagement Lab ( is a co-commissioning project in which 10-12 orchestras come together around a new commission and around creating the bold local community engagement initiatives that will be attached to it. The kickoff each year is a week long retreat in Vermont in August, with the composer, soloist, orchestra leaders, and team of teaching artists, all of whom contribute to the artistic and community engagement possibilities of the piece and many of the community engagement projects.
Baltimore, MD
Since 2008, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has operated an El Sistema-inspired in and after-school music education and mentorship program, delivered in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools System (BCPSS). Designed to create social change for Baltimore City’s at-risk youth, OrchKids' mission is to:
Our Town - National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC
Our Town is the NEA's primary creative placemaking grants program. The impact of art is extensive and communities across the nation are leveraging the arts and engaging design to make their communities more livable with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, a distinct sense of place, and vibrant local economies that together capitalize on their existing assets. Our Town grants invest in projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core.
Minneapolis, MN
OverExposure is a media arts organization that creates partnerships between photographers, artists, students, academic learning institutions, and tax exempt nonprofits on theme-specific media projects. We are the first Twin Cities media arts organization whose primary mission is to use photography to build community. Our partnerships provide media services to tax exempt nonprofits whose budget precludes media services and professional credentials to photographers and artists who provide the services.
Pan-Valley Institute
Fresno, CA
The Pan Valley Institute (PVI) was established in 1998 as a project of the American Friends Service Committee to support immigrants' participation in the civic life of California Central Valley. By providing opportunities for immigrants to come together, learn from each other, and develop strategies for exercising their rights, PVI seeks to strengthen local democracy and the voice of immigrants in the Central Valley. The Pan Valley Institute supports this process by facilitating popular workshops and cross-cultural relationship building.
Pangea World Theater
Minneapolis, MN
Pangea World Theater illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences, and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater. Pangea World Theater begins from the fundamental paradigm of diversity in the world. Its work expresses this reality and its organization advances this possibility consciously.
Panta Rhea Foundation
Sausalito, CA
The Panta Rhea Foundation (PRF) was established in 2001 as a private foundation devoted to researching issues and analyzing the operations, goals and potential of organizations committed to building a more just and sustainable world. The Foundation advises individual donors and other charitable entities on grantmaking strategies and specific grants.
Paradigm Shift
New York, NY
Park City Summit County Arts Council
Park City, UT
The Park City Summit County Arts Council promotes, supports, and strengthens arts and culture in our community through markeitng, programming, and policy/advocacy activities.
Partners In Action Program
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 community partners the vital support and resources needed to do their work at a higher level. ROOTS’ interest is to be a third partner with cultural organizing projects in order to help bring about social justice.
Paul Rucker
Seattle, WA
Artist and activist Paul Rucker creates interdisciplinary art that infuses his music and composing talents with visual art. He has performed inside both active prisons and the notorious Alcatraz prison to prompt dialogue about mass incarceration and inhumane conditions. He believes by being as direct as performing inside the confines of the prison, he is being as active and verbal about the cause in the most direct and efficient manner.
Paulo Gregory Harris
Baltimore, MD
People's Press Project
Moorhead, MN
The People’s Press Project (PPP) was created in May 2010 to address media justice issues of access and equity in rural North Dakota and Minnesota. The PPP is located in Moorhead on the border of Minnesota and North Dakota in the region known as the Fargo-Moorhead (F-M) community. With the sharp decline in print media, the change over to DTV, and the increase of online media, the PPP seeks to level the playing field for all community members to access media and be not just consumers of media but producers of media.
New York, NY
Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
Peter and Paul Community Services//comunity collabARTive
st louis, MO
PPCS is an ecumenical human services agency serving those who are homeless, especially those living with mental lillness, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Tthe community collabARTive is an integrated component of the Allen Ave Transitional Housing program, working with the men who are seeking permanent housing in the community.
Peter Bruun
Baltimore, MD
I produce paintings and drawings to underpin projects defying easy categorization—hybrid undertakings thought of as everything from spirited art experiences to civic actions to humanistic events. My philosophical approach is grounded in the belief art is a broad idea, essential to individual and cultural identity. As such, art is not marginal, but rather core to who we are.
PFund Foundation
Minneapolis, MN
PFund advances social justice for LGBT communities by funding systems change, developing leaders, inspiring giving, and convening and reporting on issues of importance within our communities. We are working to change attitudes, change systems and break down barriers at the intersection of our identities—orientation, gender, race, culture—to achieve social justice.