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Ricardo Morales
Minneapolis, MN
I am an artist/activist...or is it activist/artist? It's impossible to put one before the other or separate them. The work on this website represents artwork which I have created, sometimes on my own and sometimes in relationship with organizations, communities and organizers. I believe that art can contribute to changing people's perceptions, hearts and understandings of what has been, what is and what's possible. I'm enough of an organizer to understand that art can't do it alone; people getting together and acting together is the real source of social change.
Rick Lowe
Houston, TX
Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1992 to the present, he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, and the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan.
RISERS: America's Undocumented Immigrant Youth
Washington DC, DC
Risers is a film and photography series focused on America's undocumented immigrant youth. The short film centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros as they deliver a presentation on how to navigate challenges facing young undocumented immigrants. Their lives and stories are emblematic of the mission for immigration reform.  As of 2012, they are in the United States as DACA recipients. This allows them to live without fear of deportation.
Rivers Run Through Us
Santa Fe, NM
From May 17-20, 2012, a small group of artist/activists will walk the length (46 miles) of the Santa Fe River. This four-day journey will serve as a deep exploration of our river and the Santa Fe Watershed and is designed to create art, promote awareness, engage community, and illuminate our relationship with river systems, earth and water.
RJ standing in front of his City of You deisgn
RJ Thompson
Pittsburgh, PA
RJ Thompson is a practicing graphic designer, graphic design educator, and entrepreneur currently teaching graphic, web, and interactive design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. His current research interests primarily focus on economic and community development through investment in design entrepreneurship, and creating brand identities for cities, neighborhoods, and more.
Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls
Portland, OR
The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls builds girls self-esteem through music creation and performance. Year round workshops and technical trainings create leadership opportunities, cultivate a community of peers and mentors and encourage social change and the development of life skills. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
Rock and Wrap It Up! Inc.
Cedarhurst, NY
Rock and Wrap It Up! is a non-profit and non-partisan organization devoted to developing innovative greening solutions to the pressing issues of hunger and poverty in America. Rock and Wrap It Up! combats hunger by packaging prepared but untouched meals following concerts, sporting, and school events and then delivering to local food banks and charitable agencies. Toiletries and cleaning products from hotels, schools and donors are also collected and distributed. The items collected reduce both the amount of waste added to landfills and society's carbon footprint.
Rock for Health
New York, NY
Rock for Health seeks to educate artists on health issues, provide medical information, and be an advocate for musicians in regards to health insurance coverage and long-term care. Rock for Health provides information on affordable health plans for artist groups and individuals and information about medical conditions that effect musicians. The goal is to address health issues before they escalate into expensive hospital bills. This profile courtesy of Air Traffic Control.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
Oakland, CA
Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) is a volunteer-run community arts space in downtown Oakland, California that is dedicated to strengthening its local community and encouraging alternative, sustainable practices. It was formed in 2004 by a group of emerging artists working in the visual arts, crafts, film, music and writing. A year later, the group opened a storefront space offering free and low-cost classes, curated and open submission art shows, and a retail outlet for DIY clothes, crafts, zines and music.
Rock the Vote
Washington, DC
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 including do-it-yourself guides, promotional items and downloadable registration forms while also connecting musical artists to voter registration efforts. Electionland (http://electionland.com) is a database of elections information organized by state.
Ronit Bezalel
Chicago, IL
Ronit Bezalel has been producing and directing films since 1990. Her films cover a wide range of topics, from the dismantling of Public Housing to Professional Women’s Tackle Football (co-directed with Laurie Little and Sree Nallamothu). Her documentaries have been broadcast internationally, played in festivals, and used as a teaching tool in educational institutions worldwide. Ronit Bezalel, began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she created the documentary, When Shirley Met Florence (1994).
Ronit Films
Chicago, IL
Ronit Bezalel has been producing and directing films since 1990. Her films cover a wide range of topics, from the dismantling of Public Housing to Professional Women’s Tackle Football (co-directed with Laurie Little and Sree Nallamothu). Her documentaries have been broadcast internationally, played in festivals, and used as a teaching tool in educational institutions worldwide. Ronit Bezalel, began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she created the documentary, When Shirley Met Florence (1994).
Rural Desk News Initiative
Whitesburg, KY
The Center for Rural Strategies produced, as part of the Rural Desk News Initiative, video news pieces about issues that face today's rural Americans. The videos were distributed for free to local television stations across the country, so that they could provide their viewers with compelling, accurate, and balanced information about rural issues. They were produced and aired in the fall of 2003.
Ruth Mott Foundation
Flint, MI
The Foundation supports the arts for their inherent value in deepening and enriching the quality of our lives, and in their capacity to enhance our awareness and understanding of one another, advance important social, humanistic, and educational goals, and promote cultural diversity and democracy.
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Arts Commission is the city agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. The Commission believes that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being. Their programs integrate the arts into all aspects of city life.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco that provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to San Francisco, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to San Francisco's municipal departments. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to our care.
Santa Barbara Poets in the Schools
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Poet-Teachers (SBPT) is an independent educational organization that places poet-teachers in the classrooms of both public and private schools in Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to nurture a knowledge and appreciation of diverse forms of poetry while inviting students to develop their individual poetic voice. As working poets, we provide a framework within which students develop their creativity and intuition while also creating a safe haven for the exploration of feelings and emotion through the poetic/creative writing process.
Sara Trail
Antioch, CA
Sara Trail dedicates her art practice to social justice reform and created SJSA in efforts to engage students and activists across the United States who share a common vision of equity and justice. She uses art as a vehicle for motivation and awareness while providing people a platform to create activist art through fabric textiles.  She encourages people to become artivists [art + activist] and designs community social justice quilts as a tool for social critique and action.
Sarah Browning
Washington, DC
Sarah Browning is Director of Split This Rock and DC Poets Against the War, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). The recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.

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