Ofelia Faz-Garza, Semillitas Literary Initiative

Semillitas Literary Initiative (SLI) was founded by Ofelia Faz-Garza. Semillitas means “little seeds”, and their work is focused on planting seeds that will grow lifelong readers and writers. Their purpose is to help develop good reading habits, reinforce the idea that reading can be fun and engaging, and provide a comfortable place to discuss ideas and opinions. What started as a simple story time in 2006 has grown into ever expanding, creative, and exciting ways to empower young people’s voices.

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Emily ReynoldsDallas
Tisha Crear, Recipe Oak Cliff

Recipe Oak Cliff is a small juice bar and vegan food venue with a big mission: to increase fresh food access to the residents and visitors of South Oak Cliff, Texas. Opened by Tisha Crear in 2017 Recipe Oak Cliff goes beyond serving healthy food, they also have a shared commercial kitchen that they lend to other health food entrepreneurs or use to run classes and workshops.

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Emily ReynoldsDallas
Artcycle TX, VET

Artcycle TX is a project run by VET, a Dallas-based artist who makes art out of discarded objects. Artcycle’s mission is to promote creative art expression while encouraging environmental responsibility through recycling. This virtual club provides a centralized venue to barter or trade surplus art-related goods in need of upcycling.

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Emily ReynoldsDallas
Fred Villanueva, Ash Studios

Ash Studios is a creative response to the racial segregation, political disenfranchisement, and economic displacement that is the reality for many citizens in Dallas. The project was founded by artists Fred Villanueva and Darryl Ratcliff and opened in 2012.

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Emily ReynoldsDallas
Teatro Dallas

Founded in 1985 by Cora Cardona and Jeff Hurst to produce international work and champion local Latinx artists, Teatro Dallas has long focused on using the power of theater to foster increased understanding of both cultural similarities and differences to build a sense of community that celebrates diverse traditions.

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Emily ReynoldsDallas
Jin-Ya Huang, Break Bread, Break Borders

Founded in 2017, Break Bread, Break Borders (BBBB) is a catering company with a cause. It is a social justice enterprise, designed to economically empower refugee women in the Vickery Meadow community in Dallas/Fort Worth. Through powerful storytelling, food and culture, BBBB aims to break bread with the community, and break down borders at the same time.

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The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is a new, experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls, and aims to inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society.

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Emily Reynolds
Amelia Terrapin, Mobius Method

Amelia Terrapin is an educator and entrepreneur, committed to creating participatory learning environments in the fields of education, business and social change.  After a career as a professional dancer and educator, she developed an approach that uses movement to enhance learning in all different kinds of environments.

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Emily ReynoldsWyoming
REC Philly

Situated in a former window factory, REC Philly’s impact ripples far beyond their refabbed studio space at Ninth & Dauphin in North Philadelphia. The 4-year old for-profit enterprise - part creative incubator and part creative agency - works alongside a growing, extended community of 600+ local creatives (not to mention the likes of La Colombe Coffee extraordinaire Todd Carmichael and Philly Mayor Jim Kenney) to amplify everything from local talent, critical social issues, and their beloved city.

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Emily ReynoldsPhiladelphia
Cultural Microgrids, Inversión Cultural

Cultural Microgrids is a project based on the importance of culture in the economic and social development of cities and the importance of artists, projects, creative ventures and cultural entities having a leading role in these processes. The project seeks to strengthen cities’ cultural brand, develop a long-term strategy and support strategic initiatives that emerge from the process.

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Emily ReynoldsPuerto Rico
Nick Slie, Mondo Bizarro

Nick Slie is a New Orleans-based performer, producer and cultural organizer that works with his company, Mondo Bizarro, to use art as a tool for understanding what makes us commonly human and individually unique. 

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Emily Reynolds
Kate Spacek

KATE SPACEK is an Artist; her medium is People. She designs and facilitates co-creative experiences that foster agency and ownership. Each experience connects people, sparks new ideas, instigates relevant dialogue, and stretches what is possible.

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Emily Reynolds
Anna Sergeeva

Anna Sergeeva is an artist currently based in San Francisco. Her work explores social issues and relies primarily on photography, film, performance, and language.

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Emily Reynolds
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 Reynolds
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