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Seats of Power
Brisbane, CA
In Seats of Power, artist and activist Beth Grossman invited ten public officials in Brisbane, California to immortalize their derrieres in the name of art and civic engagement. Asked to create an art exhibit to honor the opening of a new civic center in Brisbane, Grossman wanted to use the installation to make people think about leadership and civic responsibility, and to humanize the other side of the podium.
Seth Kibel
Pikesville, MD
Seth is the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Alexandria Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area. The band's four albums, Peace, Love and Coffee (2009), Close Enough for Klezmer (2005), Delusions of Klezmer (2002) and Y2Klezmer (1999) are all available nationwide. All four recordings received the Washington Area Music Association's (WAMA) award for Best World Music Recording following their release. Additionally, Seth was named "Best World Music Instrumentalist" by WAMA every year from 2003 through 2011.
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Louisville, KY
Shakespeare Behind Bars is a Louisville, Kentucky based project focusing on the aspects of theatre that can make a person trust, collaborate, critically think, have a desire to help others and create a positive self image. The program has been a success since 1995 and it has since sparked a documentary film about the intimate's journey through the theatrical process. The documentary was by Philomath Films, an organization that supports social change by helping to create documentaries on the people and programs helping communities.
Shalini Kantayya
Brooklyn, NY
Filmmaker, educator, and activist Shalini Kantayya uses film/video as a tool to educate, inspire, and empower audiences. Shalini finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on FOX’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg search of Hollywood’s next great director. A William D. Fulbright Scholar in documentary, her film The Churning received the award for best documentary at the Asian American Film Festival. Her recent film, a DROP of LIFE won Best Short at Palm Beach International, Audience Choice Award at the IUOW Film Competition, and a Crystal Dior Nomination at Tokyo Short Shorts.
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Shana R. Goetsch
Baltimore, MD
Shana R. Goetsch's art frequently involves themes of social justice, empowerment, love, loss and bereavement; she began painting in 1989 after witnessing the murder of her mother. Often using words, cultural references or found objects, she injects personal voice, history and memory into her pieces. Goetsch's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona, New York, Washington D.C. and British Columbia, Canada.
Sharon Kong
Baltimore, MD
As I grew as a designer, I saw the social implications of the work that I was doing and decided to pursue it further. Design can impact people and societies, and it carries a lot of weight. That is why I am getting my MA in Social Design, where I practice human-centered design and community-involved collaboration. I come from Steelerstown, but no less love for Ravensville. =)
Sheelagh Colclough
Sheelagh Colclough is a multidisciplinary artist who has been working in the arts in Northern Ireland for over 14 years. Her art has propelled her into a number of roles including facilitating, devising and coordinating participatory art projects, exhibiting, researching, delivering training, and producing commissioned artwork and installations. Her projects include “Evaluate!,” an interactive exhibition about community art and, most recently, work on the Turner Prize 2013 as part of the learning team.
Shipyard Project
Portsmouth, NH
The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange’s Shipyard Project explored memories and issues – historic and contemporary – of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and their significance to the lives of people in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Music Hall of Portsmouth, New Hampshire sponsored the project as a way to address the high community anxiety around recent downsizing and two efforts to close the naval shipyard.
Sia Orginazation
Orange County, CA
SIA Organization draws upon a wide range of life experiences including firsthand experience of being a child in an institutional setting. Each staff/Volunteer is required to participate in on-going training and professional development. VALUES
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SIA Organization is working with The Hitting Stops Here! to spread awareness about opposing corporal punishment in the private and public school systems. We believe this behavior should stop. Education policymakers need work to get “Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act,” HR 5628 was first introduced (June 2010; same legislation as HR 3027):www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr5628/text reintroduced and passed. The Hitting Stops Here! and their advocacy that led to HR 5628/ 3027.
Silk Road Rising
Chicago, IL
Silk Road Rising (formerly known as Silk Road Theatre Project) creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview.
Sing! Dance! Love!
Baltimore, MD
Sending out our healing love and energy for the suffering populations across the globe... through community singing, dancing and drumming. This is the primary intention of the SING! DANCE! DRUM gatherings to be offered throughout the year in different venues in Baltimore. Maria Broom who offers DANCE MEDICINE and Sahffi Lynne who offers her SINGING FROM THE HEART will lead the gathering to use their collective singing and dancing as an effective means to energetically lift up and help heal... Women, children, elders who are abused, violated or sold...
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)
Venice, CA
The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is an arts center that produces, preserves, and conducts educational programs about community-based public art works. SPARC espouses public art as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this philosophical framework, SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles, and increasingly in national and international venues.
Social Impact of the Arts Project
Philadelphia, PA
The Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) is a research center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. SIAP conducts research on the role of arts and culture in American cities focusing on strategies of arts-based revitalization. Since 1994, SIAP has focused on developing empirical methods to study the links between cultural engagement and community well-being. Research reports and publications are available from SIAP's web site.
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Antioch, CA
In a world of uncertainty and uneasy policies, laws, regulations, biases, stereotypes, assumptions, and prejudices what are we to do?  In a world full of isms: racism, sexism, ableism, classism and so much more, what are we to do? The Social Justice Sewing Academy empowers young people to use their experiences and intelligence and creativity to sew their worlds showing how they see problems and opportunities for growth and change.  To contribute to this project please visit our Instagram (@sjsacademy) and send us a DM or message us through the website!
Social Justice Sewing Academy
Antioch, CA
Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is a critical education program that fosters participatory art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and social change. We bring together artist-mentors, local youth, and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects.  We promote the model of the artist as citizen, actively engaged in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art.
Social Practices Art Network
Los Angeles, CA
Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) is a web-based resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and public and socially engaged art practices. SPAN’s website highlights projects, opportunities, news, and profiles from the field.
Sojourn Theatre
Portland, OR
Sojourn Theatre is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based company making new performance in Portland, Oregon and around the nation. With commitments to both adventurous theatricality and community engagement, Sojourn creates unique, often site-specific investigations that ask questions exploring social and political issues in sophisticated, thoughtful ways, and honoring complexity and multiple perspectives. Through event, story, and metaphor, audiences find connections amid differences, and commonalities in their communities’ disparate narratives.
Sonia Baez Hernandez
Sonia Baez-Hernandez
Maimi, FL
My art crosses boundaries from installations and performance arts to documentary to poetry. My work responds to issues of human rights, police brutality, embodiment (art healing), health disparities, biomedicine, medical deportation, climate change and the immigration detention deportation apparatus. My interest on the arts allow mw to expand the dialogue and awareness about social transformation, climate and racial justice and meditations about identity., gender...
SOSSI (Saving Our Sons & Sisters International)
Atlanta, GA
Saving Our Sons & Sisters International (SOSSI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of “no excuse” lead- ers of integrity committed to making a difference in the lives of youth and adults, by transforming and improving their educational experiences and outcomes. Our organized collaborative provides supportive leadership and strategic focus with systematic solutions.

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