The sites below have been gathered from numerous sources and are meant to serve as stimuli for your further investigation. As you visit them and add others, we would be grateful if you would share information regarding additional sites that you have found especially useful.If you would like to do so, please send an email the address to us.
Alternate ROOTS is a 250-voice membership organization run by and for Southeastern, US performing artists who are creating original work in the region.
Animating Democracy: This organization is based on the premise that democracy is animated when an informed public is engaged in the issues affecting people's daily lives.
The Appalachian Community Fund defines social change as the movement of people toward the establishment of environmental, economic, and social justice and the redistribution of wealth, power, and resources as indicated by evidence of: Organizing and action led by people working to control their own lives; Educating communities about the root causes of oppression and injustice; Eliminating barriers to full participation in society ( i.e. racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism, ablesim, and exclusion from decision-making processes); Focusing on efforts to change cultural, social, political, and economic systems and institutions that create, accommodate, and perpetuate social injustice; Creating and modeling democratic cultural, social, political, and economic systems; Connecting local issues with national and global concerns; and Networking, collaborating, and cooperating with other change agents working toward similar goals.
Art for Social Change Art becomes a political act, a conscious effort to facilitate and participate in social change. If we want respect, love and beauty among us and others, we must actively promote it through our art. This site shows different ways of using art, which may inspire you.
Arts Rising: The mission is to build a community of people excited to support (with money and/or time) social change arts. The arts are a powerful, under-used force for change. Especially in these times, when hateful divisions are prevalent and many people feel cynical and despairing, humanity is hungry for what the arts can offer: hope, beauty, humor, perspective, and connection to the human spirit.
Artswire The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) helps New York originating artists turn inspiration into art by giving more money and support to individual artists and arts organizations than any other comparable institution in the U.S. Our goal is to provide the time and resources for the creative mind and the artistic spirit to think, work, and prosper.
BURN! An artist/activist project dedicated to the art of social change and cultural democracy. Exhibitions of socially conscious protest art.
Dance Exchange An intergenerational company of artists that creates dance and engages people in making art. We serve as an incubator for creative research, bringing ideas to action through collaborations that range from experts in the field of dance to unexpected movers and makers. Through these exchanges we stretch the boundaries between the studio, stage, and other environments to make dances that are rooted in the particularity of people and place. We recognize the body and movement as an essential resource to understand and investigate across disciplines. Through local, national, international, and online projects we gather and create community to contribute to a healthy and more sustainable environment.
Design for Social Impact design firm committed to dedicated to working for a fair and just society.
PanLeft Video Collective An Action-based, Non-profit Video Collective Organized to Revolutionize Television
DiverseWorks Artspace is one of the leading contemporary art centers in the United States. Known for its groundbreaking artistic education programs. DiverseWorks serves as an open venue for artists, a training ground for future arts administrators and a model for arts centers across the country.
Doctors-lab A counter-culture electronic publication promoting unknown artists from around the world.
The Guerrilla Girls are a group of women artists, writers, performers, film makers and arts professionals who fight discrimination.
Information for Social Change An activist organisation that examines issues of censorship, freedom and ethics amongst library and information workers.
The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia is the largest public art program in the United States. The Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Director, Jane Golden, puts it quite simply when she says: "Art saves lives."
National Association of Artists' Organizations (NAAO) An artist-centered, membership-driven, service organization that fosters communication and interaction among artists and artists' organizations at the local, regional and national level.
Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Grants for independent film, video and radio productions which are compelling politically and artistically and are also used as tools for progressive social change and activism.
Pioneers of Change This community of practice engages pioneers who are exploring ways of applying artistic processes toward social change.
Research4Development – Dept. for International Development
R4D is a free access on-line database containing information about research programmes supported by DFID.
S.W.A.M.P. (Southwest Alternate Media Project) is a nonprofit regional media arts center committed to the production, promotion, and presentation of film and video as art forms to a multi-cultural public.
South End Press A collectively run 20-year-old publishing group that nurtures and inspires radical social change.
Straight Up Pictures An organization dedicated to promoting social change through video, photography and writing.
Theatre of Witness is a model of performance developed by Teya Sepinuck in 1986 that gives voice to those whose stories have not been heard in society. The true, life stories, of people from diverse backgrounds are performed by people themselves, so that audiences can collectively bear witness to issues of suffering, redemption and social justice. Theatre of Witness productions performed in spoken word, music, movement and cinematic imagery, put a face and heart to societal issues of suffering, and celebrate the power of the human spirit to grow and transform.
Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) is a grassroots organization dedicated to honoring indigenous cultural renewal, promoting intergenerational empowerment, and inspiring the revival of communities through the public arts. 901 13th Ave. #131 (West on 2nd St. from Stone in the Splinter Bros. Studios)(505) 388-9553/792-6483 ArtBrigade@aol.com
Visual AIDS Organization designed to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts, creating programs of exhibitions, events and publications, and working in partnership with artists, galleries, museums and AIDS organizations.