Building the Pop Culture for Social Change Field

The Pop Culture Collaborative supports building a robust pop culture change field that is anchored by a diverse network of leading creatives, practitioners, and strategists within the entertainment, social justice and philanthropic fields. Together, they will have the knowledge, connections, skills and infrastructure to move in alignment and create transformative narrative change in our society.

5050by2020 (2018 Grant)

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.

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ARRAY Alliance (2018 Grant)

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 inclusive images on screen.

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Barcid Foundation

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 industry, Barcid offers Native writers the training, resources, and access necessary to forge relationships and pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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Brooklyn Historical Society

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. Recently, BHS launched “Muslims in Brooklyn,” a multi-year public history and arts project designed to amplify Brooklyn’s Muslim communities through traditional oral history and experimental mass audience storytelling.

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Color Creative

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.

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CultureStrike

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, the organization has created groundbreaking artistic interventions and cultural strategy in the migrant, climate, and racial justice movements with a network of over 200 artist activists. CultureStrike launched the “Migration Is Beautiful” butterfly iconography that has spread around the world, becoming a unifying symbol of the immigrant rights movement.

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Harness

Organizing artists, activists and entertainment leaders to use the power of storytelling to imagine and co-create a more equitable and just world.

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Harness

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 take action to support of the rights of every human being.

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Harness (Spring 2017)

As an emerging powerhouse in both entertainment and social movements, Harness will design an organizational and programmatic strategy to ensure a long-term transformative impact on pop culture stories.

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Moore + Associates

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 the intersection of public policy, popular culture and new media.

 

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PEN America

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.

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Propper Daley

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 care most about. Its approach, rooted in behavioral science, moves beyond foundational “awareness raising” to those strategies and ideas that shift the attitudes and perceptions that lead to behavior change.

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Storyline Partners (2018 Grant)

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 rapid-response resources about communities of color, people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees from prominent advocacy and social impact media groups.

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The Opportunity Agenda (2017 Grant)

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, driving lasting policy and culture change through a combination of communication expertise and creative engagement.

 

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Unleashing Giants Studios (2018 Grant)

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. ¬

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