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Inside Stories
Writer Paul VanDeCarr's blog and podcast about forms of storytelling -- journalism, genealogy, psychology, film, literature, walking tours and more. Regularly updated blog features commentary, short interviews, links to current articles on storytelling, and occasional videos. A thrice-monthly podcast of 10-15 minutes features interviews, stories and more.
New Lens
Youth-driven social-justice organization that makes art and media "about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change. The work is used to address systemic problems, facilitate dialogue, shift perspectives and stimulate action." Serves 200 public school youth each year through classes and workshops. Website has videos. Directed by Rebecca Yenawine, formerly Kids on the Hill arts-based afterschool program. Based in Baltimore, Md.
Meaningful Media
Nonprofit network providing resources "to inspire and empower those committed to changing our world through media." Membership Program, Professional Networks, Students for Meaningful Media Chapters, reports, newsletters, fact sheets, Meaningful Media Database, classes, seminars, workshops, forums, professional services. Based in Culver City, Calif.
Zinn Education Project
Promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s "A People's History of the United States" and his other books, which emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. Coordinated by two nonprofit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change.
Bay Area Native American Indian Network
Public community network (online) for Native American/American Indian/First Nations/Indigenous cultural events, activities, news and networking in San Francisco Bay Area. Hosted by American Indian Contemporary Arts.
Fallen Leaves Community Theatre
Grassroots community-based theater made by recovering drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS. Founded 2004, the first of its kind in Malaysia, through the collaboration of Cloudbreak Studio and a drug rehabilitation center initiated by Alex Arokiam to run drama therapy sessions for residents. Work ranges from from drama/art therapy to devised work and Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre. Touring schools, social centers, prisons and factories to create dialogues on social issues since 2008. Based in Batu Arang.
Humanities Exposed (HEX)
Connects graduate students and Madison community in collaborative humanities projects. Based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Programs: after-school groups, workshops for writers, digital resources, curriculum enrichment and more. Community sites: public schools, community nonprofits, prisons, farms and more. Hosts annual conference on public humanities. Founded in 2004.
Environmental Art Society
A new environmental art site in the Netherlands. Text is only in Danish. Plenty of photos.
Be a Leader for ARTS Education: A Guidebook To Expand Arts Learning in Public Schools
Downloadable guide focusing on information supporting the belief that the arts are essential in our children's education; strategies for moving forward; ways to mobilize districts and engage community; planning tips and guidelines; Web resources; and more. By California County Superintendents Arts Initiative and the California State PTA
The Positive Core of the Media Arts
Working methods in media arts gleaned from eight regional meetings by the National Association for Media Arts + Culture (NAMAC) in 2006 and 2007. Contributors were 97 media arts leaders from media arts centers, youth media groups, film festivals, university programs, distributors, public-access television organizations, community radio groups, school programs and interdisciplinary arts organizations. Includes statements on community building and collaboration; empowerment and public voice; learning and mentoring; catalyzing civic engagement and a more just world; supporting artists and diverse voices; cultural bridging; innovating and inspiring audiences across disciplines; partnering for greater impact.

 


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