Fall 2017 Grantees

We are excited to welcome the current cohort of grantee partners into the Pop Culture Collaborative community.  These grantee partners are imagining, creating, and collaborating to change our culture and we are proud to work with them as we seek to build a just and pluralist society. Scroll down and click ‘Read More’ to learn more about each grantee and their funded work.

To support more in-depth connection to the Collaborative community, current grantee partners can be viewed and sorted across five grantmaking categories and by additional strategy tags. Click the boxes below and the strategy tags within each grantee description to see how grantees connect to each other and the pop culture for social change field.

All current and past grantee partners can be also be viewed and sorted by grantee cohort, grantmaking category and strategy tags.  We hope this opportunity makes for a rich discovery experience.


 

BoomGen Studios (2017 Grant)

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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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Color Creative

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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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futurePerfect Lab

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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 and storytelling experiences for social change.
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Jolt Initiative (2017 Grant)

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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 building a movement that shifts power to working people and communities of color.
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Moore + Associates

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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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People’s Action

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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 by working class people around racial, economic, climate and gender justice. From family farms to big cities, from coast to coast, they are fighting for community over greed, justice over racism, and people and planet over big corporations.  
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Propper Daley

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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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Secret Identities Universe

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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 been depicted in popular culture. To date, they have produced three acclaimed anthologies featuring the work of individuals from across the spectrum of race, gender and sexual orientation.  
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Senior Fellow Maha Chehlaoui

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Pass the Mic aims to dramatically change the landscape of pop culture, to render it radically inclusive.  They are founded on the belief that diversity is not a goal or a mandate.  It is a reality.  Pass the Mic focuses on inclusion and equity—making sure that the stories that form the basis of our pop culture reflect the voices of those people who are traditionally underrepresented or completely erased.  To achieve this, Pass the Mic supports projects through research, development, and production that adhere to these principles.
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The Opportunity Agenda (2017 Grant)

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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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United We Dream

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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.
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Wise Entertainment (2017 Grant)

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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.
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