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The Neighborhood Story Project
New Orleans, LA
In 2004, the Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) was founded by Rachel Breunlin and Abram Himelstein as a book-making project based in the neighborhoods where they live and work.  Following its mission, “Our stories told by us,” the NSP work with writers in neighborhoods around New Orleans to create books about their communities. The NSP is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in partnership with the University of New Orleans.
The New Victory Theater
New York, NY
Devoted to kids and families since 1995, The New Victory brings kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Serving the community in all its diversity, The New Victory Theater on 42nd Street presents international theater, dance, circus, opera and music to young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates. As the largest provider of live performance to NYC schools and after school programs, the New Vic invites new audiences to experience the performing arts for the very first time.
The Penelope Project
Milwaukee, WI
The Penelope Project uses the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey to engage an entire long term care community in the creative process. Its goal was to improve the quality of life of people who live, work, and visit in a long term care setting through creative engagement. Discussion groups, movement exercises, visual art, stories, and music were at the heart of this multi-year project that culminated in 2011 in the performance, FINDING PENELOPE, a professionally produced play written by Ann Basting, inside the care facility.
The Permanent Wave
New York, NY
  Permanent Wave is a network of feminist artists and activists. We want to challenge gender inequality as it manifests itself in art, politics, and our personal lives, and we want you to join us. We believe that women should see each other as collaborators and inspirations, not rivals. We want to continue the feminist movement that began generations ago by creating a movement that’s relevant to women, queer, and trans people today.   Join our listserve! Send an email to  thepermanentwave@gmail.com to sign up.
The Race
Washington, DC
A Sojourn Theatre collaboration with Georgetown University led by Sojourn artistic director Michael Rohd, The Race was a series of public events, investigations, performance dialogues, reconstructions, and productions that spanned the fall term 2008. In the 2007-2008 school year, a team of Georgetown University faculty, students and artists, led by guest artist Michael Rohd, assembled and began to ask the questions that set in motion the planning for the campaign that is The Race.
The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY
The Foundation works to achieve its goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities through smart globalization. The Rockefeller Foundation focuses its resources on five related issue areas including basic survival safeguards, global health, climate & the environment, urbanization, and social & economic security.
The Rwanda Healing Project
Launched in 2004, this multi-faceted program deals with the grief of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and offers education, development, and hope for life in the future. Working with genocide survivors in the Rugerero District near Gisenyi, Barefoot Artists has completed a beautiful Genocide Memorial Park which has become the official memorial site for the area. We have launched a number of programs to transform the physical and human environment of the Rugerero Survivors’ Village through art, health, community, and economic development initiatives.
The Saint Paul Foundation
Saint Paul, MN
The Saint Paul Foundation awards grants in six areas: economic opportunity and security, education and training, civic participation, housing, affordable health care, and family support. Our unique role as a community foundation allows us to play critical convening and problem solving roles for the Saint Paul region.
The State of Things
St. Paul, MN
The State of Things was first performed in the spring of 2006 on the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq war. On September 1st, 2008 in collaboration with Northern Lights as part of the UnConvention, Ligorano/Reese recreated The State of Thing’s Democracy ice sculpture, weighing over 1,000 pounds and measuring 5 feet high and 20 feet wide, in front of the State Capitol Building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over the course of the less than 24 hour installation, the word “Democracy” tragically disappeared.
The Telling Room
Portland, ME
The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success. What We Do
The Theater of Public Policy
Minneapolis, MN
The Theater of Public Policy uses live improvisational theater to bring public policy issues and debates to life. Each show features a leading thinker on a pertinent public policy issue. We’ll interview each guest to find out their approach and solutions. Next, the T2P2 cast will create improvised scenes based on the guest interview. The guest will take the stage again for a second interview as well as questions from the audience.
The TIF Illumination Project
Chicago, IL
The TIF Illumination Project (http://www.tifreports.com), which uses data mining, graphic visualization and community organizing to investigate and explain TIFs on a ward-by-ward basis in a wholly new and user friendly way. We helped organize and presented at a TIF Town Meeting on February 12 at the Chopin Theater that was attended by over 220 people!
The Trash Project
Austin, TX
The Trash Project is a dance that was created in collaboration with the City of Austin Sanitation Department Named the #1 Arts Event by The Austin American Statesman, the #1 Dance Event by The Austin Chronicle, and winner of Most Outstanding Dance Concert by The Austin Critics Table, The Trash Project celebrated Austin’s sanitation employees while drawing attention to the inherent artistry and skill in this work. The dance premiered in 2009 and was re-mounted in 2011 for an audience of 4,000+.
The UnConvention
Minneapolis, MN
The UnConvention was a non-partisan collective of citizens who came together to create a forum in which to promote the democratic and free exchange of ideas on important issues. It existed as a counterpoint to the highly scripted and predetermined nature of the contemporary presidential nomination process and convention. Through a series of projects initiated by participating organizations, The UnConvention sought to umbrella the myriad of artistic and educational activities that took place during the lead-up and staging of the Republican National Convention in St.
The W83rd Street Project
Cleveland, OH
In July, 2011, MOD{all}studio presented “The W83rd Street Project,” a collaborative urban therapy installation of art and architecture at 2040 West 83rd Street, which marks the rebuilding of the West 83rd Street community after a January 25th 2010 gas explosion rocked a neighborhood yet helped bring a community together.
The World As It Could Be: Human Rights Education Program
San Leandro, CA
Since 2006, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as its guide, The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program (TWAICB), http://www.theworldasitcouldbe.org, has worked in collaboration with community arts and social justice non-profit programs, schools, universities, school districts and their agencies, and teacher training programs to develop and use creative arts and standards-based learning models and youth-led original dramatizations to inspire youth and adults to value the importance of human rights for
Theaster Gates
Chicago , IL
Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.
Theater of War
Brooklyn, NY
Theater of War is a project of Outside the Wire, a company that uses theater and other media to analyze and confront the social issues of various communities. Combat-related physical and psychological issues are not easy topics to approach with the general public. Theater of War seeks to broach some of these controversial issues by wrapping them within the stories of the Greek plays of Ajax and Philoctetes, which depict similar themes.
Theatre Without Borders
New York City, NY
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is an all-volunteer network of individual theatre artists and organizations around the world. TWB was created to share information and to help build links for individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange. TWB is a virtual web-based space for artist-to-artist and people-to-people connections across borders.
Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.

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