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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 inclusive images on screen.
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.
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.
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.
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 League is a collective of veteran changemakers and creatives helping the social justice movement leverage peak pop culture moments in order to change hearts and minds and move people to action.
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 in Michigan (We The People). For more information, visit the website.
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 to popularize a new, culturally recognized hero—the “Resilience Worker.”
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 to seed and shift storylines to tell more accurate and nuanced stories that reflect the realities and richness of our communities. Showrunners, writers, directors, and producers now have access to a unique “one-stop shop” where they can access credible information on timely issues and are offered real-life stories to create narratives that are compelling and inclusive.
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 approach is the 6-time Emmy-nominated Hulu drama East Los High, the first high school drama in U.S. television history with an all English-speaking Latino cast.