Assisting Creative Change Community members who have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic...

FOUR NON-PROFITS, WITH SUPPORT OF THE POP CULTURE COLLABORATIVE, RESPOND TO COVID-19 WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS, ORGANIZERS AND CULTURAL  STRATEGISTS  Press Contact: Prerana Swami prerana@ellecomm.com April 7, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact, four non-profits are launching or expanding existing funds, with...

Testing targeted activation of LatinX and LGBTQ+ audiences...

Depicting the grief of separating mother and child on the anniversary of the zero-tolerance family separation policy ...

Organizing stakeholders to design a long-term narrative strategy for the American Muslim community...

Convening artists and cultural strategists to build a rapid response narrative infrastructure...

Testing innovative storytelling technologies for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community...

Studying pop culture fandoms to understand how pluralistic behaviors show up in society...

Convening artists and cultural strategists to build a rapid response narrative infrastructure...

Bringing the story of Black trans women to mass audiences...

Cultivating and organizing transmasculine and disabled artists’ voices...

Finding, cultivating and marketing diverse below-the-line talent...

Building an accelerator for mid-career culture change artists in entertainment...

Centering historically excluded communities in TV writers rooms...

A new artist-in-residence pilot to support artists of color to tell their own stories...

Building the narrative power of black people...

Redefining America’s story about immigrants, identity, and citizenship...

Organizing the #EmpathyTech field to understand how to advance a pluralist culture...

Using art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core American values...

Reshaping Native narratives in pop culture...

Advancing authentic, accurate, and equitable narratives in television and film...

Centering women of color leadership in 2020 and beyond...

Creating a talent pipelines for formerly incarcerated storytellers...

Rashad Robinson poignantly lays out the challenge of changing norms and attitudes and explains how a multidisciplinary, integrated approach that shapes popular media can bring about racial justice....

Artist and scientist Heidi Boisvert wrestles with the question, “If you can design a tool (to measure the neuroscience of pop culture), but it can be turned into a weapon, should you build it?” as she shares her breakthrough audience data....

Through the telling of her own transformative journey, Bridgit Antoinette Evans demonstrates how culture change strategy uses a multi-layered approach, designed to create profound shifts in the narratives, values, beliefs and behaviors of mass audiences. ...

A Q&A with Luminate’s Felipe Estefan and Unbound Philanthropy’s Adey Fisseha on what they’re watching, what they’re learning about television and social change, and how philanthropy can intentionally play a role in this expanding field....

Television veteran Sameer Gardezi partnered with social change activist Margari Hill to reimagine how a writers rooms is formed, and who is in it. The result? A groundbreaking new show about two American Muslim women, characters rarely seen in pop culture. Gardezi is...

It's a constant fight for diverse artists to gain, and sustain power in the entertainment industry. So what do these show creators need to succeed?...

Peruse some of the latest reports, tool kits and guides critical to helping the social justice field and the television industry understand the gaps, opportunities and needs to advance transformative culture change....

Greg Propper previews A Day of Unreasonable Conversation, set to take place March 25 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which will bring together artists, organizers and political figures to discuss the issues impacting our lives....

13Exp is a new experiential social impact entertainment studio, one of the first in a growing field focused on interlocking scaleable, digital and physical content with social impact as a driving force. Experiential narratives tell stories that reflect the reality of what it is to...

The Barcid Foundation is a nonprofit media arts organization founded by writer-producer Ian Skorodin to foster understanding of the culture, traditions, and issues of Native Americans. With the goal of creating a genuine and mutually beneficial relationship between the Native American community and the entertainment...

Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a nationally recognized urban history center with a mission to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come....

Jolt Initiative is a Texas-based, Latino-focused grassroots organization that increases the civic participation of Latinos to build a stronger Texas and democracy. Jolt was launched after the 2016 election with a mission to increase the civic engagement, power, and leadership of Texas’s Latinx population by...

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) builds power nationally for domestic workers, including nannies, housecleaners, and home healthcare workers. NDWA organizes low-wage workers to improve their living and working conditions; win respect and justice from employers and government; challenge racism and sexism that has led...

Noor Theatre is an OBIE Award–winning company that supports, develops, and produces the work of theater artists of Middle Eastern descent. Led by Founding Artistic Director Lameece Issaq, an award-winning actor and writer, Noor was created to develop artists’ voices and share their often-unheard stories...

OTV | Open Television is a platform for intersectional digital television that develops and supports the launch of indie series by Chicago-based Black, brown, differently abled, and queer artists. OTV aims to revolutionize the way TV and the arts are developed through an artist-centered and...

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. PEN's mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible....

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) is dedicated to seeking improved wages and working conditions for restaurant workers nationwide. Founded in New York City after September 11, 2001, to provide support to restaurant workers displaced as a result of the destruction of the World...

By Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke This summer’s crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has exposed America’s painful history of separating families. From the familial bonds ruptured by slavery, the forced removal and “re-education” of Native children, the World War II internment of Japanese families; mass incarceration; and the...

As a strategic initiative of the recently launched Time’s Up, 5050by2020 is galvanizing influencers and artists to interrogate structural systems, challenge leadership, and infuse social justice values into the content they create....

Founded by Oscar-nominated director, writer, and activist Ava DuVernay, ARRAY Alliance amplifies stories of underrepresented communities by providing women filmmakers and people of color with the resources they need to ensure their diverse perspectives have a platform, while also cultivating audiences among communities starved of...

Since 2011, CultureStrike has established itself as a leading force in the growing arts for social change field. Led by women of color and a 7-person team including undocumented, immigrant, and LGBTQ artists, and guided by the vision of its co-founder, visual artist Favianna Rodriguez,...

Co-founded by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams, Harness seeks to amplify the work of social justice leaders to create a profound culture shift where historically marginalized communities define their own narratives, as well as equip people with the knowledge and tools to...

IllumiNative (launching in Fall 2018), conceived by a visionary group of Native artists, filmmakers, pop culture advocates, and thought leaders, is intended to illuminate the vibrancy of authentic Native experience....

The Midwest Culture Lab is a project of the Alliance for Youth Organizing, a national network of grassroots organizing groups. The Midwest Culture Lab is anchored by two of the Alliance's affiliates in the Midwest (Chicago Votes, Ohio Student Association) and a narrative-based statewide organization...

Founded by migrant workers brought to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the National Guestworker Alliance organizes across the United States to win collective dignity and fairness in labor and migration policies. Through its new Resilience Corps, NGA will work...

The Pillars Fund invests in opportunities to elevate and amplify the leadership, narratives, and talents of American Muslims in civil society, the media, and public discourse....

Storyline Partners collaborates with the entertainment industry, particularly TV writers rooms, to seed new narratives and support inclusive and nuanced storytelling that represents the authenticity and depth of communities who need a stronger voice in pop culture. Storyline Partners provides content creators with with credible...

The League, an experimental narrative change agency, will explore rapid response strategies and structures that help social change movements and entertainment leaders use popular culture to capitalize on these catalyzing moments and in doing so, accelerate change for the better....

Unleashing Giants is a company dedicated to the empowerment of others. Its purpose is to inspire and nurture new voices - and old. They present human stories that break racial and economic boundaries, creating a mouthpiece for those who are not traditionally heard. ¬...

Wise Entertainment is an independent studio that develops, creates, and produces content that lives at the intersection of entertainment, social justice, and civic imagination. We tell stories for/by women and other underserved audiences in the U.S. and Brazil. The proof of concept of Wise's innovative...

Movement leaders discuss how collaboration with Hollywood is changing the story for everyone By Jamilah King Over the last few years, steadily increasing pressure from within and outside of Hollywood has called for the entertainment industry to reckon with centering white males in front of the screen...

By Jamilah King How the iconic Oscar statuette came to be is a story many have speculated on, but none can pin down. In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to discuss...

By Shawn Taylor "It's Panther season, family." My cousin recently said this to me after I asked how her freshman year at an Ivy League university was going. Let's be clear, by no means is my cousin a comic book or superhero film fan. She always...

On January 21, the Pop Culture Collaborative co-sponsored a panel discussion with premiere production company Macro, about the new film Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy about a black telemarketer in Oakland, California, written and directed by the legendary rapper Boots Riley. If you liked...

With the rise of stories by and for people of color, how will philanthropy and Hollywood support these cultural tastemakers? By Elizabeth Méndez Berry Black stories matter. That essential idea from Jamil Smith’s essay about Marvel’s Black Panther captures how intertwined storytelling and social change can be, and...

This year in entertainment began under the glow of the Golden Globe Awards, when actresses and activists walked the red carpet arm in arm to call for an end to harassment  and discrimination in Hollywood and beyond. It was a powerful display of what becomes...

Tonight marks the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards. Traditionally, the spotlight on these nights remains on the stars of television and film as they walk the red carpet and toast another year in entertainment and storytelling. This year, the Globes will look a little different. On...

futurePerfect lab is a culture change lab founded in 2012 as the research and design home of Heidi Boisvert, PhD, a creative technologist (both artist and scientist) who has conceptualized, designed, developed, and disseminated a wide range of groundbreaking interactive, augmented reality and transmedia games...

ColorCreative's mission is to raise awareness for emerging women and minority writers, and provide a springboard for their careers by producing and selling their work to digital, network and cable platforms....

Moore + Associates is a creative agency that believes that cultural and narrative change is critical to political change. Neither an advertising agency nor PR firm, its work exists in the growing space in between, providing clients and artists with new ways to succeed at...

People's Action is one of the largest multiracial, people's organizations in the country made up of 48 member organizations with 600 local staff in 30 states representing a million grassroots leaders in communities and online. People's Action builds powerful state and local community organizations led...

A social impact agency based in Hollywood, Propper Daley helps its clients leverage their unique assets to create positive change in the world. Propper Daley works with influencers, brands and causes, providing both strategic and creative solutions to move the needle on the issues they...

Graphic novelist and pop culture critic Jeff Yang and the Secret Identities team work with professional graphic storytellers and amateur creators to collaboratively imagine and bring to life organically diverse original superheroes inspired by the personal experiences and cultural heritage of those who traditionally haven't...

The Opportunity Agenda is an innovative social justice communication lab founded in 2006, dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full opportunity. The Opportunity Agenda collaborates with leaders around the country to move hearts and minds,...

United We Dream aims to leverage moments and and content in pop culture to bring millions of people into the fight to protect the rights and strength of immigrants and refugee people....

People in the real world draw inspiration from pop culture characters and narratives. It is up to leaders in the entertainment industry like Wise Entertainment to understand how to ensure we are inspiring positivity in the complex audiences we reach....

BoomGen Studios has led over the past ten years within the entertainment industry to combat tired of the stereotypical, racist, and outright offensive caricatures of their culture and community in popular media....

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