Below is a list of organizations, initiatives, and collectives that are engaged in work aligning with Arts in Action’s mission. We invite you to use it as a resource, and will be adding to it over time.

USC

Annenberg Innovation Lab practices innovation as a collaborative exploration involving artists, scientists, humanists, and industry professionals working together on problems and opportunities at the dynamic intersections of media, technology, culture, and society.

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Critical Media Project (CMP) is a free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity.

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The Norman Lear Center is a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic, and cultural impact of entertainment on the world.

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Focused on promoting the use of media for positive social change through content creation, scholarships, education, and research to present and future media content creators.

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Increases public awareness of critical issues in mental health and behavioral science and provides hands-on creativity-based educational opportunities for health researchers and practitioners.

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Fosters positive social and environmental change by promoting research on effective media techniques and creating strategic high-impact cinema, television, and multimedia to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities into action.

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Explores best practices for designing vast worlds that unfold across multiple media platforms, including those that don’t exist yet; exploring and inventing new mediums for storytelling; and applying those findings to solving real-world problems.

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Focuses on expressive and interactive arts relative to education, therapy, and social justice.

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In collaboration with campus and community partners, the Joint Educational Project develops service-learning activities for USC students that address community-defined needs, complement coursework, and encourage critical reflection on contemporary social issues.

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A cross-school collaborative faculty project to examine the relationship between race and thearts, and how they collide to create and influence urban spaces in Los Angeles and cities like it.

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A new multi-disciplinary practicum invites students from across USC’s schools to address some of Los Angeles’s most intractable challenges.

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Created to engage USC students in the arts and humanities, this campuswide event series is open to the public and encourages participants to expand their perspectives and experience the transformative power of the arts.

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A diverse and extensive music education-oriented program that provides unique learning opportunities for children in the local community, as well as significant service-learning opportunities for Thornton students.

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Artist-centric graduate degree program for artists, arts administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs who want to expand their personal vision to create a meaningful and sustainable life and career in the arts.

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FROM THE FIELD

18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public

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Art + Practice supports the needs of local foster youth while also providing the community with free access to museum-curated contemporary art

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Art Division is a non-profit (501)(c)3 organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved youth who are committed to studying the visual arts.

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Located across from USC, CAAM researches, collects, preserves, and interprets for public enrichment the history, art, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States.

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Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles that creates new conversations about art, politics, and urban space.

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Cornerstone makes new plays with and about communities, bringing together professional artists of the highest caliber with people who would never think of themselves as artists to produce works of excellence based on the stories, concerns, and issues of a given community.

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Department of Places uses the power of participatory design to strengthen neighborhoods so that all residents live in safe, healthy, joyful, and just places.

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Give a Beat bridges electronic music culture with youth and families affected by incarceration and gives young people access to opportunities in music and the creative arts.

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KAOS Network offers a way for the artistically talented and art enthusiasts of South Los Angeles to enjoy trans-media and multimedia art disciplines being offered in this vibrant community.

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LA-Más is an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture.

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Los Angeles Poverty Department creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities.

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Pacoima Beautiful is a grassroots environmental justice organization that provides education, impacts public policy, and supports local arts and culture in order to promote a healthy and sustainable San Fernando Valley .

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Public Matters designs and implements long-term, place-based, socially engaged art, media, education, and civic engagement projects that advance social change.

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The Prison Project conducts weekly and seven-day intensive theatre programs inside the California prison system, a weekly re-entry program in the community, as well as a program in juvenile facilities.

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Street Symphony creates opportunities for musical engagement and dialogue between world-class musicians and people disenfranchised by homelessness, incarceration, and poverty in Los Angeles County.

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TaskForce is a Los Angeles–based creative agency that collaborates with influential non-profits, brands, and people taking on the most pressing challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world.

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Tonality promotes peace, unity, and social justice through choral music performance in Los Angeles.

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The Urban Voices Project brings the healing power of music directly to individuals disenfranchised by homelessness, mental health issues, and unemployment in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Women’s Center for Creative Work cultivates L.A.’s feminist creative communities and practices.

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