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14 Black Poppies produces intercultural community, arts, and wellness workshops and cultural events that renew neighborhoods, generations, and spirits.
America on the Auction Block | A Digital Archive is an interactive web-based storytelling project. The website will serve as a portal or repository for participants to add their personal experiences relating to the foreclosure crisis to a multi-media collection of photos, videos, stories, and journalism regarding the 2006-2008 housing market crash. It is collaborative, expansive and inclusive, an avenue for Americans to memorialize the crash while creating a useful archive for future reflection and scholarship.
Americana Orchestra is a San Francisco-based chamber music ensemble performing music inspired by the American experience. Each year, the ensemble commissions original scores inspired by field research, community interviews, and American history. The scores are performed in concerts alongside classics from the American concert music canon.
Arch Comix are non-fictional, journalistic comics which offer a new perspective on US foreign and domestic policy and give voice to stories that wouldn’t otherwise be heard.
Atomic Cabaret is a multi-media musical solo-performance work on the nuclear state of the world produced and performed by Lynda Williams, The Physics Chanteuse.
Barrell Roll Media is dedicated to creating educational and entertaining film and video productions to engage and inspire disadvantaged or underrepresented young people, inspiring them to think outside the box in order to achieve their dreams and goals in life.
Founded in January 2006, The Bay Bridged has become recognized as the leading source for the best in San Francisco Bay Area independent rock, folk and pop music.
Child Sex Trafficking: A Story About Love is an independent documentary film directed by Sheri Shuster and co-produced by Emmy Award winner Layda Negrete. This film will be an intimate portrait of a bold survivor-activist who becomes a national leader in the campaign to end human trafficking.
Circus Bella is an open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians. David Hunt and Abigail Munn created Circus Bella in the spring of 2008 to respond to a shared dream for accessible and high quality circus in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Club Stride is a youth-services program that uses its Hype 808 radio program to challenge negative stereotypes in today’s youth culture. Club Stride works to reshape youth-identity narratives by developing a powerful youth voice and positive youth presence, plus resources, information, news and inspiration.
The College Hill Neighborhood Association‘s (The Lost Tribe of) College Hill Awareness & Beautification project has a mission to beautify and build awareness of the College Hill neighborhood in San Francisco; to increase usage of the Bernal Cut Path (a little-known greenbelt alternative to walking along Mission St. and San Jose Ave.); and to support patronage of the businesses on Mission St. between Appleton Ave. and Bosworth St., mom-and-pop shops that are largely Latino-owned. The primary means of achieving the project’s mission will be to create a mural on a public building managed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works at 3600 Mission at Appleton, at the mouth of the Bernal Cut Path. This project is spearheaded by the College Hill Neighborhood Association in partnership with neighborhood residents and City agencies.
Colors of Connection is a youth arts organization that enables connections between people and communities through creative expression. The mission of the organization is to nurture hope, well-being and development in disadvantaged youth and societies worldwide through community-based art and through advocacy for art in education.
The Conversation is a podcast that uses long-format interviews with a cross-section of American thinkers to challenge its listeners to think critically about the status quo. From social justice to agronomy, each interviewee critiques some aspect of normality, proposes a better future, and attempts to explain why that future is, philosophically, good. This focus on philosophy encourages listeners of all backgrounds to look beneath superficial political divides and examine humanistic issues that seldom appear in conventional news or documentary work. The Conversation’s goal is to promote a broader, smarter, and more empathetic conversation about the future in society at-large.
CounterCorp seeks to spotlight, curtail, and ultimately prevent the corrosive political, economic, and social effects that large for-profit corporations have around the world. CounterCorp’s programming has included the Anti-Corporate Film Festival.
Double Union is a hacker/maker space for women in San Francisco. Our mission is to create a community workshop where women can work on projects in a comfortable, welcoming environment.
Earth Logo‘s mission is to run a competition to design a new worldwide symbol for sustainability. The idea for Earth Logo was inspired by the Peace Symbol. In the same way that the Peace Symbol inspires people to embrace peace, our hope is that the Earth Logo will inspire people to embrace sustainability in their daily lives.
From Baghdad To The Bay is a dramatic feature length documentary. It is a courageous story of an audacious Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US Military who struggles to rebuild his life as an openly gay man in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gerlind Institute’s Oral History Series – Founded in Oakland in 2006, the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies is a progressive community-based and -supported educational organization dedicated to the teaching and promotion of German language, literature, and culture. The Gerlind Institute’s Oral History Series is the centerpiece of our institute’s educational programs and highlights life stories of members of our community who are Holocaust survivors, refugees, immigrants, scholars, and artists, as well as guests from German-speaking countries.
Idiot String inspires enjoyment of community, pride in place, and creative imagination by offering free public performances and opportunities for educational programs. We create live, participatory performance events that bring delight to community public spaces, using simple machines to create low-tech theatrical magic and a sense of wonder. Our performances invigorate public space, empower imaginative interaction with the physical world, and activate connections between people.
Information and Mind is a Bay Area/Tel Aviv-based independent, multidisciplinary organization working to investigate our evolving role in the human-machine ecosystem. Our goal is to promote awareness of the effects of hyperconnectivity on our cognitive, emotional, and psychological well-being. Using existing and new research we offer knowledge, encourage debate, develop programs, and spark action for human empowerment alongside the exponential burst of information technology, setting alternative paradigms for managing technology to best serve our human values.
The Intersection is a series of sound portraits of Bay Area intersections – street corners where different cultures, ideas and histories meet everyday. We collaborate with the people who live and work there, and facilitate their storytelling. We combine sometimes-overlooked voices with intersection soundscapes. Each audio piece will air on public radio and be available on the project’s website. Individually and as a series, The Intersection presents a fuller picture of how Bay Area communities are being impacted by this period of unprecedented growth and change.
The Lariat is a new opera sung in both English and Esselen by composer Lisa Scola Prosek based on the novella by Jaime de Angulo. The libretto was created in collaboration with the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation of Monterey County and reveals intimate cultural details and beliefs of the Esselen tribe of Big Sur as its people faced the influx of Spanish Missions towards the end of the 18th Century. The Lariat was first preformed at the San Francisco International Arts Festival in June 2014 and will premiere at the World Theatre at California State University Monterey Bay in February 2015.
LifeHealth is a free public-information smartphone app that provides one-touch access to a wide variety of mental health and suicide-prevention services, including live, realtime counseling services.
The Litography Project is an online multimedia map that features audio stories about the Bay Area’s literary past, present, and future. It is a partnership with KALW Public Radio 91.7 and Litseen, a literary events calendar. It is a curated collaboration with artists, writers, storytellers, and designers that exemplifies the Bay Area’s varied and vibrant literary scenes.
The purpose and mission of the Lower Polk Community Benefit District Project is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and visit the Lower Polk Neighborhood in San Francisco through the promotion and production of art, culture, and community development. Lower Polk CBD programming has included events such as the Fern Alley Open Art Market and monthly Lower Polk Art Walk.
Million Puppet March advocates for media reform and media justice through live, large-scale puppet interventions.
The Mpowerdance Project provides cutting-edge dance-art performance process, training and opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area low-income kids and young adults. We also serve the cancer care community through the healing art of exercise for cancer survivors. Its Global Dance Project integrates local and global community involvement using media and dance-art performance. Mpowerdance Company performs benefit productions for the Project’s programming, and/or benefits other non-profit organizations that serve our community. Mpowerdance Project strengthens its understanding of nature and sustainability through nature immersion programs that include nutrition and sustainable ecology, myth, restorative retreats, and outdoor performance.
The Nichi Bei Weekly is one of the oldest Japanese-American newspapers in the United States, and is a pioneering nonprofit-news publisher.
NOW FOR NOW is a devised, multimedia physical theater piece created by theater artists Mark Jackson and Megan Trout. Three relationships between a woman and man a generation apart – a daughter and father, a student and teacher, a romance – are explored over 40 years of life. Their stories converge and diverge in dialogues, movement, and real-time texting, IMs, and Skypes. NOW FOR NOW explores how perceptions of both the need to be, and means of being, “present” with another person differ and correspond between generations and genders in the new Internet era.
The goal of the Ohlone Profiles Project is to document the ongoing lives of Ohlone leaders and organizations. Almost no one in San Francisco knows that the largest living Ohlone tribe, with 2,000 members, began a migration from San Francisco’s Mission Dolores in 1834 and now live in Pomona, California. The Ohlone Profiles Project exists to give as many Ohlone groups as possible visibility and support and to provide a cultural presence entirely separate from federal recognition.
Old Growth Arts broadens the dialogue on what it means to have a sense of place. It does this by facilitating a balance between the natural world and a productive engagement with art, in a variety of mediums.
Outlook Theater Project creates original performances about relevant issues from a queer perspective. OutLook’s goals are to: 1) create and perform high quality performance works in collaboration with diverse communities and organizations; 2) explore innovative methods of creating community and issues-based theater; 3) raise visibility about issues that the LGBT community faces; and 4) build a network of artists, activists, community members and supporters who engage in mutual support and dialogue.
As a literary journal, Paul Revere’s Horse aspires towards literary intervention: to be a venue for powerful new writing that needs presentation to readers.
people.power.media is a bold new approach to community-based journalism, featuring community voices in video based storytelling, text and photo articles and Op-Eds; maximizing the power of online media; and presenting our content to communities and legislators.
Politify.us is a civic-information tool that helps users discover the financial impacts of their votes in federal elections.
Project Luz seeks to inspire and empower youth living in communities throughout Mexico and California. With the help of dedicated volunteers, Project Luz provides youth with photography resources (professional mentors, instruction and equipment) necessary to encourage positive social change within themselves and their community. We understand photojournalism as a powerful tool for community self-reflection and empowerment.
ProtoHack exists to show non-coders that they too can create something amazing from nothing. We want to empower you with the tools, knowledge and community to help you bring your idea to life and communicate it visually through prototyping.
Publik/Private works to provide internship opportunities and referrals, job placement and career development for musicians, arts and culture journalists and creative writers within their fields of interest or study. We connect musicians with work at indie record labels, recording studios, online magazines, and other arts related companies, so they may obtain valuable work experience in the music and arts industry.
Seattle Attic Community Workshop is a feminist, woman-centered, trans- and queer- inclusive space for tinkerers, makers, crafters and hackers of all genders. Our goal is to offer a safe, non-intimidating environment, tools, and a supportive, friendly community to help feminist makers and hackers learn and build.
Shades: The Magazine For All Women Of Color covers and highlights the concerns, issues and stories of ALL women of color, including those who are African American, Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American, and the underserved groups within these various ethnic communities around the globe.
Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories. We mean “community” in a few different ways, and these definitions help shape our approach to promoting the everyday study of history.
Sights & Sounds of Bayview: The Boom & Bloom Project will commission six sound-rich multimedia portraits of people who live and work in the Bayview neighborhood and are working to create positive change in San Francisco. In sharing these stories and gathering the Bayview community, the project will provide a space for people to celebrate the richness of the neighborhood’s culture and foster new connections within the community.
Silicon Valley STEM + A = Jobs informs and educates K-12 teachers, parents, and students about existing issues, resources and educational/instructional programs for teaching and learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts. In response to the Common Core State Standards’ dual goal of preparation for both career and college, this program will also interview local hiring managers at corporations and professors at colleges to find out what background requirements are needed for a STEM+A career and/or college entrance.
SonicSF is a new breed of radio show that takes its standards from NPR and its humor and narrative sensibility from pop culture to deliver an addictively entertaining series.
Tenderloin Walking Tours try to present the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco in a favorable setting. Among the grit, grime and crime concentrated in an 8 by 8 square block area of one of the world’s most expensive cities, we offer four different tours which show the upward social situations alongside the negative. Tour stops may also include the site of the birth of the LGBT movement in the United States, San Francisco’s first luxury hotel for African Americans during Jim Crow segregation, the most dangerous corner in California according to the Attorney General’s office, theaters where the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope performed, the filming site of the first full-length “adult movie” and a “sweat shop” where hundreds of garments are produced daily by a small army of immigrant Asian women yet labeled “Made in China.”
VoiceBox is Public Radio’s eclectic show devoted to the art of singing. Host Chloe Veltman explores the best of the vocal music scene on NPR affiliate KALW 91.7 FM.
Watershed Media Project is a new initiative to research and develop grassroots funding, production and promotional models for independent, public-interest journalism and media. Watershed seeks to develop a series of small, simple, incremental goals over longer periods of time, by periodically publishing research, analysis and commentary using blogs and social media; and by encompassing and managing Newsdesk.org and Newsfunders.org as test platforms for its overarching hypothesis: Grassroots funding and production models for journalism can more effectively serve key public-interest needs than institutional news media and monetized news products.
White Shark Video: Turning research into film, because let’s face it, you’re not going to read research papers.
The San Francisco International Women’s Film Institute supports, promotes, exhibits and honors the achievements and contributions of the women in the world of cinema through a festival and other programs.
You and Me and the Fruit Trees is a character driven documentary that interweaves compelling stories from five survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA), expert testimony and the leaders of the social justice movement to end CSA providing a balanced view of this endemic. Through each story we see how society’s inability to effectively address child sexual abuse impacts not only individuals, but whole communities and society at large. Each character faces the continuing struggle between living with trauma and being present, between oppression and freedom, and between the stigma and publicly sharing their story. Each character provides an inside look at the ongoing trauma they face and what they are doing to heal and transform.