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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.