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Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Washington, DC
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) is a national service and advocacy organization with more than 1,600 members worldwide dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together. Arts Presenters is committed to increasing community participation, promoting global cultural exchange and fostering an environment for the performing arts to thrive. A leader in the field, Arts Presenters works to effect change through professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. This profile courtesy of Arts & Democracy.
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
New York, NY
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. The Foundation grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The Foundation prioritizes funding for lesbian- and trans-led communities of color and organizations doing multi-racial, anti-racist work.
ASWAT Arabic Music Ensemble
San Francisco, CA
The musical voice of Arab America in the Bay Area is ASWAT, the Arabic Music Ensemble sponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Middle Eastern music. Now on its 11th year anniversary, Aswat has grown from an informal community choir to a professional performing group with sold-out concerts.
Axis Alley Baltimore
Baltimore , MD
Axis Alley seeks through creative engagement to utilize the backyards of vacant properties and vacant lots as a canvas for creative works that transform, activate and revitalize the overlooked, under-attended areas of Baltimore’s back alleys. Doherty explores the intersections of art, architecture, urban spaces and technology through installation art and urban intervention projects. Installation works have combined sculptural materials, with video, computer controlled media and light to explore experiential and participatory art.
Axis of Justice
Unknown, AK
Axis of Justice links musicians and music fans with local political organizations to effectively organize around issues of peace, human rights, and economic justice. Axis of Justice's web site includes a database of local activist organizations organized by state and nine national organizations. The Organizing Story Project is a series of essays and interviews describing successful organizing efforts to inspire and guide people interested in activism.
Ballet Austin
Austin, TX
As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes people near and far to participate in its "classically innovative" vision for the democratization of dance. From their bustling, urban headquarters at the Butler Dance Education Center and Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and artistic director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike.
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is dedicated to making Baltimore a creative and vibrant city in which to live, work and play.
Baltimore Performance Kitchen
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Performance Kitchen creates and presents free performances that explore big questions in order to incite meaningful exchanges with and between our artists and audiences.
Baltimore Talent Education Center
Baltimore, MD
For nearly 40 years, BTEC has been the conduit for excellence in individual and community music instruction, and is committed to opening access for students of all ages, neighborhoods and skill levels. Through BTEC’s long-standing commitment to the highest quality in arts education, BTEC holds the honor of being one of the oldest and most successful community music schools in the nation. Using the rigorious Suzuki Method, our students achieve as musicians and scholars, parlaying elements of their BTEC experience to state orchestras, conservatories, science competitions and universities.
Baltimore United Viewfinders
Baltimore, MD
VISION: The Baltimore United Viewfinders is an East Baltimore youth leadership initiative using multimedia arts to explore their own definition of self and place, encourage community action and exchange visual and verbal dialogue. MISSION: To foster growth and leadership potential by telling the collective story of the East Baltimore community though multiple learning strategies as defined by and supporting the interests of the young people who live there.
Brooklyn, NY
Bands for Lands
Denver, CO
Bands for Lands (BFL) is dedicated to communicating the message and practice of sustainability, conservation, and social awareness issues through music, the creative arts, inspirational speakers and educators. BFL is committed to developing a social networking map to connect organizations, businesses, and artists who are working towards creating a healthy and harmonious planet. Bands for Lands also fulfills its mission through the rental of the Mobile Edutainment Collaboratory, a biodiesel/Straight Vegetable Oil fueled truck converted into a mobile stage.
barak adé soleil
As a creative practitioner, curator and consultant, i develop projects focused on the intersections of civic, social and live art. i've been working within the live arts scene nationally and internationally  for the past two decades and founded D  UNDERBELLY in 1997 as a network to support artists of color and facilitate creative projects centered on cratfing consciousness surrounding people of color.  Since founding D UNDERBELLY, i've expanded the creative work to included disability culture, queerness, the body as archive and trangressive art that defies categorization.
Barb Lee
New York, NY
"I love telling and hearing stories, especially when I learn something that makes me re-evaluate my own life’s choices and better understand who I am and who I’m becoming. That’s why Point Made tells stories that explore identity in American society, because while I think we all love to be entertained by movies, we’re still drawn to stories that help us determine who we truly are."
Barefoot Artists
Philadelphia, PA
Recognizing that creativity and beauty are powerful agents for healing and change, Barefoot Artists works with poor communities around the globe practicing the arts to bring healing, self-empowerment and social change. Barefoot Artists brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture.
Barnaby Evans
Barnaby Evans is an artist who works in many media including site-specific sculpture installations, photography, film, garden design, architectural projects, writing and conceptual works. His original training was in the sciences, but he has been working exclusively as an artist for more than twenty-five years. Evans was the 2003/2004 Artist in Residence at MIT and also taught courses at the Urban Studies Department at MIT on the impact of ephemera on the urban environment.
Barr Foundation
Boston, MA
The Barr Foundation is a private foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of Boston’s residents. While our primary areas of emphasis are education and the environment, we also provide support to arts and cultural activities.
Battery Dance Company
New York, NY
Battery Dance Company connects the world through dance. We pursue artistic excellence and social relevance by creating vibrant new works, performing on the world’s stages, presenting dance in public spaces, serving the field of dance and teaching people of all ages with special attention to disadvantaged and conflict areas. Battery Dance Company is committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of its home community in New York City, extending programming throughout the U.S., and building bridges worldwide through international cultural exchange.
Bearing Witness: Work by Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry
Baltimore, MD
Bearing Witness: Work by Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry was a multi-venue survey of more than 10 years of work by the husband-and-wife collaborative team Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. Organized by the Contemporary Museum and the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) 2009/2010 Exhibition Development Seminar, Bearing Witness had a dual mission. First, curators sought to present an exhibition that connected McCallum's and Tarry’s community and advocacy-based projects with their studio and gallery-based video, painting, and installation works.
Beehive Design Collective Graphic Workshops and Picture Lectures
Machias, ME
The Bees have spent 10 years developing an innovative and story-based education strategy that we share through a variety of interactive, image-based picture-lectures and graphic workshops. We believe that art is a tool for popular analysis, education and organizing and that the complex and overwhelming issues that face our world can be broken down and understood in simple pictures. In our workshops and presentations, we use giant, portable murals to deconstruct issues as far-reaching as globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction.