Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Our program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.
Tectonic Theater Project is an award-winning company dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with its audiences on the social, political, and human issues that affect us all. In service to this goal, Tectonic supports readings, workshops, and full theatrical productions, as well as training for students around the country in its play-making techniques. Tectonic has focused on creating groundbreaking productions constructed from detailed review of interviews, letters, journals, and historical documents.
Franklin Furnace seeks to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize, and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, "variable media art"; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes.
MAPP International Productions is dedicated to developing functional, sustainable environments for artists to create, premiere and tour performing arts projects. We provide support and opportunities for challenging artistic voices to be fully heard and engaged by bringing together arts, humanities and public dialogue. This means not only placing live work on the stages of performing arts venues worldwide, but also creating opportunities for discussion, learning and civic engagement that encourage appreciation of different cultures and perspectives.
A collaborative artist team since 1998, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have worked and exhibited globally, seeking to surface and discuss issues revolving around marginalized members of society. Their work, which moves fluidly between large-scale public projects, performative sculpture, painting, photography, video and self-portraiture, challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice in communities, history, and the family. Embedded within their work, whether it is of an historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is their standing as an interracial couple.
Nobuko Miyamoto (Founder & Artistic Director) is a performing artist who has had a defining influence on the shape and content of contemporary Asian American arts and culture. Originally a dancer with stage and film credits, Miyamoto’s involvement in the social movements of the 1960s led her to re-conceptualize her role as an artist. Her performances, musicals and albums probe themes of Asian American history, identity and the intersection of cultures.
Jennifer Monson has been pursuing an original approach to experimental dance forms in NYC since 1983 when she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. In that time she has created a wide body of work that incorporates well-developed collaborative relationships with many artists including Zeena Parkins, Kenta Nagai, DD Dorvillier and Yvonne Meier. Her solo work has been presented at many venues in the U..S, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and Tanzania.
At the age of 23, Madeleine Lim escaped persecution by the Singaporean government for her organizing work as a young lesbian artist-activist. Ten years later, she created Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, a film that is still banned in Singapore for its exploration of race, sexuality and nationality. As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories.
Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright.
Most recently, Mr. Kaufman directed the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning I Am My Own Wife on Broadway (Obie award for direction, Tony, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortell, Drama Desk Awards nomination)
Mr. Kaufman’s plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade.
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning Playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment) and has been running for 11 years in Mexico City and Paris. In 2004, Ms. Ensler performed her play The Good Body on Broadway in NYC. This was followed by a 20 city national tour in 2005.
Sue Coe’s paintings and drawings have staked a claim for art as a form of investigative journalism. They expose inequities and gross crimes to harsh light, prodding the viewers into fighting for change. Eschewing abstract style and ambivalent content, Coe makes immediate art that communicates hidden activities in blunt terms. Coe produces high-contrast figurative work with a style that could be described as expressionism—her figures and their surroundings are warped, misshapen, but given solidity through thick lines. Through this aesthetic Coe has depicted rape, war, and slaughter.
Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music.
He was a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”.
His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, garnered many honors, including the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award.
Sarah Browning is Director of Split This Rock and DC Poets Against the War, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). The recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize.
Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, director, & cultural organizer. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., a not-for-profit collective of women artists, artists of color, queer or trans-identified artists, and creative allies, and who create, develop and produce new and devised theater work, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts, and progressive cultural organizing. Prior to Art2Action, Andrea was Artistic Director of New WORLD Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04).
Edgar Arceneaux was born in 1972 in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to live and work. He received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and his MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California. In addition he has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and at the Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany.
ADELINA ANTHONY is a Xicana-Indígena lesbian multi-disciplinary artist, hailing originally from San Antonio, Tejas. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/two-spirited communities.