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 Reynolds
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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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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