The BRECHT FORUM is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. Through its programs and events, the Brecht Forum brings people together across social and cultural boundaries and artistic and academic disciplines to promote critical analysis, creative thinking, collaborative projects and networking in an independent community-level environment.
Throughout the year, the Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes. These activities are developed in collaboration with the many social movements and the diverse communities of this most cosmopolitan of cities, and our programs bring together leading intellectuals, activists and artists from New York, across the U.S., and internationally.
El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. Founded in 1982 by Luis Garden Acosta, El Puente currently integrates the diverse activities and community campaigns of its Center for Arts and Culture and its Community Health and Environment Institute (CHE) within its three neighborhood Leadership Centers and its nationally recognized public high school, the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. Organizing in North Brooklyn and beyond, El Puente remains at the forefront of community/youth learning and development issues and as such, initiates and impacts social policy both locally and nationally.
Theater for the Free People
Theatre for the Free People is an organization which is dedicated to using the arts as a vehicle for social change by providing community based arts programming and education to people all over the world.
Ocean Ana Rising
Mission: Ocean Ana Rising strives for the holistic healing of women of color through innovative truth-telling methods such as live theatrical performance, film & digital media projects, and community arts workshops.
Vision: Ocean Ana Rising envisions 1. the increased exposure to and creation of women’s cultural art, which will strengthen women’s perception of self and community, resulting in empowered living, 2. a world where women are no longer physically endangered, 3. holistic mental and emotional well-being, and 4. sustained civic action through cultural art-making and community partnerships. We understand that our greatest tool for liberation is born out of our diverse and collective voices and stories. We are committed to a nurturing global climate for women so that our artistic expressions are sustained in the spirit of freedom. We create bridges where there were once boundaries while generating hope and possibility through art and performance for audiences world-wide.
Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC
Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC is a cultural arts direct action group that collaborates and consults individuals, artists, groups, change-makers, non-profits, collectives, and CBO’s working from a progressive socio-political platform to activate artistic practice and culture as a tool for individual transformation and justice.