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Field Notes

Catalyst Initiative Projects

Observations and thoughts from civic practice work happening with a diversity of artists, collaborators and contexts around the United States.  

Over the course of two years, the Catalyst Initiative has supported 13 different projects, in both rural and urban areas in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington DC.  

  • Arizona (Tucson) with Liz Burden, Les Pierce, and CoreBanC, Living Streets Alliance, and the Tucson Bus Riders Union
  • California (Central Valley) with Nikiko Masumoto, Mary Kimball, and the Center for Land-Based Learning
  • California (Los Angeles) with Maria del Carmen Lamadrid Zamora, Shawn Jackson, Daniel De La Torre, Jazmin De La Torre, and the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch
  • Kentucky with Mark Kidd, Valerie Horn, and the Cowan Country Action Group
  • Louisiana with Nick Slie, Mondo Bizarro, Jayeesha Dutta, and the Gulf Future Coalition
  • Maine with Jennie Hahn, Stephanie Gilbert, and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Missouri (St. Louis), with Joan Lipkin and Magdalene St. Louis Inc.
  • New Mexico with Rulan Tangen, Roxanne Swentzell, and the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute and the Pueblo Food Experience Project
  • Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) with Yolanda Wisher, Trapeta Mayson, and Historic Germantown
  • Texas (Dallas) with Harold “HJ” Steward and the Cottages at Hickory Crossing
  • Virginia (Norfolk) with Patrick Mullens, Stacie Walls-Beegle, and the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads
  • Virginia (Richmond) with Mark Strandquist, Jeree Thomas and the Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Washington DC with Anu Yadav, John Cavanagh, Emily Norton, and the Institute for Policy Studies

The work of the artists, partners and stakeholders are documented in the project portraits below, with a new group of portraits being released in 2017, via CPCP on Issuu.  

An abridged version of the Evaluation report by Pam Korza and Barbara Schaffer-Bacon, of Animating Democracy - a program of Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with Arnold Aprill of Radical Compliance, is here.