Our approach to Partnership with appropriate organizations is to involve core advisors to the project; in turn we provided space and opportunities to share their work with our community. Our aim is to deepen the audience’s understanding and empathy of the stories we tell to open more pathways and advocates for social change.
Putting community partnerships at the core of our creative team and process has changed the way we think about producing work. For every show, we are committed to finding innovative ways for our work with community partners to be transformational, not merely transactional. And this has become an essential part of the artistic process.
Novenas for a Lost Hospital Community Partners
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. We are one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC.
Since 1983 New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has been supporting, fostering and celebrating the LGBT community of New York City. The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services.
The NYC AIDS Memorial honors more than 100,000 New Yorkers who have died of AIDS. It also acknowledges the contributions of caregivers and activists. The Memorial aims to inspire and empower current and future activists, health professionals and people living with HIV in the continuing mission to eradicate the disease. Founded as a grass-roots advocacy effort in early 2011 by Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, the NYC AIDS Memorial organization is now a 501(c)3 corporation, with a 16 person Board of Directors, chaired by Keith Fox.
Founded in 1932, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is the second-largest private university college of nursing in the US. Our world-class BS, MS, DNP, and PhD programs provide the educational foundation to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders. The College's graduates and its faculty are forerunners in a new era of nursing, where playing a leadership role in achieving excellent patient outcomes and a healthier global society are priorities. NYU Meyers provides innovative and exemplary healthcare, offers access to a diverse group of entrants to the profession, and shapes the future of nursing through leadership in policy.
The PrEP4All Collaboration is a volunteer led team of activists, public health experts, and healthcare professionals dedicated to ensuring that state-of-the-art HIV prevention is available to all. We utilize media and political advocacy to pressure federal agencies to lower the price of Truvada, increase funding for community-based organizations, and develop a comprehensive program to reduce HIV infection in the United States. For more information, please visit prep4all.org.
St John’s in the Village has been a notable and distinct (Episcopal) Christian presence in Greenwich Village since the 1850s. We are a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community of faith known for hospitality, dignified liturgy, beautiful music, intelligent preaching, care for the needy, and engagement with the arts and our local community.
Village Preservation (The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation) was founded in 1980 to preserve the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo. Our programs include: Educational outreach; preservation projects; small business promotion; our Annual Village Awards; and our Continuing Education program. Village Preservation (GVSHP) has successfully advocated for the landmark designation of more than 1,250 buildings in our neighborhoods, and has helped secure zoning protections for nearly 100 blocks. Each day GVSHP monitors more than 6,500 building lots in our neighborhood and the more than 3,000 landmarked properties in our neighborhood.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications - while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists and audiences.
Lockdown Community Partners
DRAMA CLUB. Founded in 2013, in New York City, Drama Club is an organization that provides theatre programming to young people who are incarcerated, court-involved and systems-involved. We are a mobile drama club, bringing our classes into juvenile detention centers, jails and community centers throughout the city. Drama Club’s mission is to provide theater training and positive mentor relationships to New York City youth throughout each step of their journey through the criminal justice system: detention, placement and aftercare. We are committed to providing New York City’s most vulnerable youth the opportunity to laugh, play, and cultivate life skills through improvisational theatre.
THE FORTUNE SOCIETY’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
We do this by:
Believing in the power of individuals to change;
Building lives through service programs shaped by the needs and experiences of our participants; and
Changing minds through education and advocacy to promote the creation of a fair, humane, and truly rehabilitative correctional system.
Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to foster a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated will thrive as positive, contributing members of society. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Our continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of our participants, helps ensure their success. We serve over 7,000 individuals annually via three New York City locations: our service center in Long Island City, Queens, and both The Fortune Academy (“the Castle”) and Castle Gardens in West Harlem. Our program models are recognized both nationally and internationally for their quality and innovation.
NYC TOGETHER interrupts the school to prison pipeline by shifting mindsets from what is to what could be. By pushing past the punishment paradigm in practice, we are supporting the new DOE and NYPD policies that are often challenging to implement because of traditional culture and norms. NYC Together is focused on challenging ingrained mindsets that suggest punishment is the only tool for modifying behavior. We believe that cultivating the strengths of our police officers and student members leads to significant, positive results. In officers weekly meaningful collaborations with local youth who are most impacted by system involvement, our officers create powerful alternatives to conventional, adversarial responses to crime and disorder, leading to increased public safety and improved academic outcomes for our youth.
PEN AMERICA PRISON AND JUSTICE WRITING PROGRAM. PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. For more than four decades, PEN America’s Prison Writing Program has amplified the writing of thousands of imprisoned writers by providing free resources, skilled mentors, and audiences for their writing. We are proud to share our deepening commitment to confronting our era of mass incarceration with the launch of the PEN America Writing For Justice Fellowship.
PROJECT LIBERATION provides a paradigm-shifting personal development platform for women across all stages of criminal justice involvement, while simultaneously using national advocacy and engagement to raise awareness and political will around the issues and needs that specifically face and affect demographically and culturally diverse women.
REHABILITATION THROUGH THE ARTS’s mission is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community. RTA also seeks to raise public awareness of the humanity behind prison walls. That mission has evolved since 1996, when Katherine Vockins attended a graduation of the New York Theological Seminary at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and casually asked an inmate if there was any theatre in the prison. The answer was no, but there was plenty of interest and plenty of talent. One year later, the Theatre Group Katherine formed presented an original piece to the prison population. The play was about their own lives - drugs, gangs, crime and bad decisions - but also about the possibility of change and redemption. In time, participants, observing changes in their own attitudes and behavior, changed the organization's name to Rehabilitation Through The Arts. The mission continues to evolve, as RTA alumni seek to sustain the creative experience they found so meaningful inside. Our first project in the community was to develop a play about the challenges of reentry; we plan to launch an ongoing alumni program in 2018.