By Karina Mangu-Ward
Published: February 13, 2012
We’ve been blown away by the positive response to our Audio Postcards about the 2011 Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund grantees. Thanks to all who have watched and shared. We hope they are sparking conversation and inspiring you to think differently about what’s possible in your own work.
This week, we’re spotlighting four projects for their use of highly personalized engagement strategies to reach a common goal: supporting and affirming creative expression in cultural communities throughout New York City.
The highlighted projects are:
- El Puente’s Green Light District Initiative
- Casita Maria & Dancing in the Streets ‘South Bronx Living Heritage Trail
- Chimpanzee Productions ‘ Digital Diaspora Family Reunion
- National Association of Latino Independent Producer (NALIP)’s Latino Filmmakers Mentorship Program
Though these organizations serve diverse communities, from S. Williamsburg in Brooklyn to Hunts Point in the Bronx, diaspora communities across the five boroughs, and latino filmmakers, what we see as a commonality is the high-touch, peer-to-peer engagement techniques they are using to empower New York communities that might otherwise be left out of the cultural conversation.
For a full version of the article, please visit artsfwd.org