Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an artist and entrepreneur based in Oakland, and the executive director and cultural strategist of CultureStrike, a national nonprofit focused on cultural equity. Rodriguez believes that the most effective way to create social, political, and cultural change is through representation and narrative. Through all of her endeavors Rodriguez empowers marginalized communities to change narratives and build power.

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Emily ReynoldsBay Area
Moonstruck Productions

Moonstruck Productions is a television and film production company founded by Paul Dalio and Kristina Nikolova Dalio, dedicated to using narrative to have an impact on social issues. After graduating from film school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Paul Dalio suffered a psychotic episode. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spent the next three years in and out of hospitals as he worked to rebuild balance in his life. Once he was able, he returned to NYU for its graduate film program.

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Emily ReynoldsMental Health
Wildflowers Institute

Wildflowers Institute, led by Hanmin Liu and Jennifer Mei, helps foundations and local governments identify and foster the informal ways communities sustain themselves. Liu and Mei identify the elements that define a neighborhood’s culture and then amplify those elements for sustainable, positive outcomes. “Basically, we go into a community like a tuning fork, find the frequency that makes the neighborhood resonate, and then hit the tuning fork—hard,” says Liu.

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Emily ReynoldsBay Area
BE-IMAGINATIVE

BE-IMAGINATIVE is a collective of artists and activists dedicated to healing black and brown communities through multidimensional storytelling. Based in Oakland, California, the group was cofounded by Ayesha Walker and Benjamin “BJ” McBride. With a mission to #disrupthopelessness, BE-IMAGINATIVE builds strong and vibrant communities among survivors of gun violence by hosting healing retreats, re-creating traditional ceremonies, and memorializing through visual and performing arts.

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Emily ReynoldsBay Area
Junebug Productions

Stephanie McKee is the executive artistic director of Junebug Productions, a producer and presenter of performing-arts projects that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted African American communities. Junebug is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater, founded in 1963 as a cultural extension of the civil rights movement. McKee is a performer, choreographer, educator, and community organizer with decades of experience in dance education, performance, and social justice.

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Emily ReynoldsNew Orleans
Another Gulf is Possible

Jayeesha Dutta is a tri-coastal artist, activist, and strategist who has been working with more than a hundred organizations across the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean since 2009. One of those efforts, Another Gulf Is Possible, is a collaborative of artists and activists based in the Gulf South dedicated to creating a just transition to non-extractive, regenerative economies based on cooperation, sustainability, and transformative justice. Their work is focused on climate justice and decolonization, and fighting coastal land loss occurring through human and corporate encroachment, environmental racism, and economic injustice.

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