Storytelling Grant Highlights

Courageous Storytelling

We believe that there is a need for compelling stories about who we are, how we should live, and our purpose on this planet. This moment of global transition requires translation. How can we imagine a new world without sharing brilliant stories about what the future could be—how it might taste, smell, sound, and feel? To us, courageous storytelling means:

  • Disrupting our understanding of the status quo, or giving voice to previously unheard narratives.
  • Using visual art, music, drama, film, writing, and creative social media to amplify critical issues and to blend personal with political, emotional with intellectual.

A description of grants we have made this year in Storytelling can be found below. Please read about what we support for more information.

2016 Grants
Aftermath Project General Support $25,000
Based on the premise that “war is only half the story,” the Aftermath Project has, for the last decade, given grants to photographers to capture the aftermath of conflict, each year self-publishing and distributing a book of the winner’s work. A 2016 grant to Aftermath will support marking the organization’s tenth anniversary with a major traveling exhibition, a commercial book, educational materials, and community engagement. The Aftermath Project will use this important anniversary to celebrate the photographers it has partnered with, to showcase their photography, and to launch even broader conversations designed to engage the public on the true cost of war, the real price of peace, and the role of visual literacy in helping us understand these issues.

theaftermathproject.org

Arctic Cycle General Support $20,000
The Arctic Cycle uses artistic engagement and advocacy to communicate the urgency of the global climate crisis and encourage people to take action. Its artistic engagement efforts focus on supporting the writing, development, and production of a cycle of eight plays by playwright Chantal Bilodeau, which examine the social and ecological changes that climate change is causing in the eight countries of the Arctic. Its arts and advocacy efforts also include the blog Artists And Climate Change (AAAC) and the project Climate Change Theater Action, which bring together and amplify the work of artists from all over the world who are addressing issues related to climate change. A renewal grant will support upcoming plays and the organization’s growing influence at the intersection of theater, art, and climate.

thearcticcycle.org

BRITDOC, Inc. General Support $50,000
BRITDOC is dedicated to the impact of art and the art of impact. Founded in 2005, it supports great documentary films and links them to audiences by providing direct funding, brokering partnerships, building new business models, and sharing knowledge with filmmakers through programs like its Impact Award, which honors five films a year for the real-world changes brought about by their impact campaigns, and Good Pitch, which brings together potential funders and advocacy partners for film teams to meet and pitch. A general support grant will give BRITDOC room to experiment with new, innovative programming in support of the documentary film as a whole. Based in London and New York, BRITDOC works with filmmakers and partners globally, reaching audiences all over the world.

britdoc.org

Grist Magazine General Support $100,000/2 years
Grist, an independent, irreverent, online media platform, shows how green is reshaping the world, and empowers a new generation to make change. Founded in 1999, the magazine has earned a reputation as an indispensable source of environmental stories for a monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. In the second year of a two-year grant from Compton, Grist will continue to use humor to cover serious subjects, reach outside the choir, and give people across the country and around the world the information they need to forge a world that is healthy, sustainable, and equitable.

grist.org

Magnum Foundation General Support $100,000/2 years
Now in the second year of a two-year grant, Magnum Foundation (MF) will continue to champion in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change. MF provides photographers with the financial support and comprehensive mentorship they need to produce meaningful, high-impact visual stories. It leverages its uniquely powerful partnerships in the journalism, activism, and arts communities to disseminate work across platforms to both broad and tactical audiences. Magnum’s Emergency Fund supports 10-15 passionate photographers working on under-reported issues related to social injustice each year. MF continually seeks new strategies for increased exposure and impact of documentary photography in an ever-changing media landscape by way of field-building and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as ongoing explorations of how to help documentary photographers tell visual stories that go beyond newspaper, magazine, and book publishing.

magnumfoundation.org

Mother Jones Climate Desk $50,000
Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration formed in 2009 to confront the decline of climate change and environmental reporting and to provide new angles on the climate change narrative. Its mission is to explore the human, environmental, economic, and political impacts of a changing climate, while increasing coverage of climate change through shared resources and collaboration. Through the Climate Desk, participating media organizations—including The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting/Reveal, CityLab, Fusion, Grist, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Medium, Mother Jones, The New Republic, Newsweek, Slate, and Wired—fill a void in environmental reporting by producing and sharing content that explores climate change in new, engaging ways. These outlets share a simple goal: to tell the story of climate change better than it's ever been told before, and to share it with the broadest audience possible, at a time when it's needed more than ever.

climatedesk.org

New Venture Fund AndACTION $30,000
Borrowing the idea of a director shouting “Action!” on set to put things into motion, AndACTION seeks to leverage the power of storytelling to make the world a better place. The project connects advocacy organizations to upcoming film and television storylines that deal with important social and environmental issues—think “Scandal” and reproductive rights, or “The Good Wife” and gun violence. AndACTION works as a hub where nonprofits can learn about upcoming projects that deal with the issues they are working on, and provides resources and guidance for them to take full advantage of the media buzz opportunity those stories provide. A 2016 grant from Compton will provide early support for launch and evaluation.

andaction.org

Not An Alternative Natural History Museum $50,000
The Natural History Museum highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums. With a renewal grant this year, it aims to inspire established science and natural history museums to champion climate action, and equip museum visitors with the stories and tools they need to understand the rapidly changing world and shape it for the common good. Deploying both inside and outside engagement strategies, it will collaborate with scientists, museum employees and professional associations, environmental justice groups, artists, and others to create a new narrative about our shared natural history that educates, measurably influences public opinion, and inspires collective action.

notanalternative.org

Revolutions Per Minute General Support $150,000/3 years
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) connects the most pressing issues of our time to the emotive power and broad audience reach of musicians and comedians. Founded in 2005 by musicians, managers, and advisors from bands including Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, and REM, RPM provides the more than 1000 performers in its network with the ongoing support and resources they need to apply their talents as storytellers and build their skills as leaders in social and environmental justice efforts. RPM ensures that artists are taking action in the most strategic ways possible, amplifying existing groups and movements and contributing much-needed resources in the form of creativity, new supporters, funding, and awareness. Now in the second year of a three-year grant, RPM will focus on scaling up its new philanthropic program, helping artists raise money for their causes through ticket “add-ons,” as well as providing strategic counsel and technical support to help artists make a difference on the causes they care most about.

revolutionsperminute.net

RH Reality Check General Support $100,000/2 years
RH Reality Check (RHRC) is an evidence-based, daily, online publication reflecting progressive values and a commitment to reproductive and sexual justice. The organization works in a fast-paced media environment to produce news, analysis, commentary, and investigative research combined with strategic community engagement. A second year of Compton support will fund its efforts to 1) disrupt conventional and misleading media narratives on reproductive rights and justice issues; 2) proactively inform public debates among and between policymakers, advocates, researchers, and the interested public; and 3) respond rapidly to distortions of reproductive rights and justice issues by right-wing organizations.

rhrealitycheck.org

Split This Rock Eco-Justice Poetry Project $20,000
Split This Rock asserts that poetry and the arts shape how we view the world, and if we are to begin to imagine environmental justice as a human right, we will need new stories and poems to shift cultural perception. To that end, Split This Rock’s Eco-Justice Poetry Project curates poetry at the intersection of social justice, culture, and the environment, bringing together poets and community activists around issues of environmental justice. A renewal grant will support several major projects, including editing Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press) and curating Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week and its database of socially engaged poetry. Split This Rock will also develop an eco-justice poetry curriculum, and will collaborate with environmental justice communities and poets to host poetry readings, writing workshops, and collaborative actions.

splitthisrock.org

Steinem Initiative / Smith College Smith College $30,000
The Steinem Initiative’s Reproductive Politics project aims to create tools that connect reproductive rights, health, and justice organizers with their histories. The project draws on a critical mass of new archival materials that document the experiences of women of color, sexual minorities, and low-income women. While their testimonies of oppression and resistance can be disheartening, they also introduce inspiring foremothers as role models, suggest instructive comparisons with earlier activism, and weave a counter-narrative that engages new supporters who see themselves reflected in the more inclusive story. A 2016 grant will support a design process to explore how reproductive justice histories can be most useful to reproductive justice activists and advocates. At a time when opponents of women’s self-determination take advantage of the lack of full accounts of reproductive politics and rely on stereotypes and half-truths, this project offers women’s history as an organizing tool with potential to broaden the vision, strengthen the strategy, and expand the base of the movement for reproductive rights, health, and justice.

smith.edu/ccc/steinem-initiative.php

Sundance Institute Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program $50,000
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) was established in 2002 as a global resource for independent nonfiction storytelling. Led by award-winning nonfiction producer and director Tabitha Jackson, the DFP believes that art changes the way we reach people. It focuses on the values of “Art, Reach, and Change” by encouraging excellence and experimentation in form, championing under-represented voices, and supporting the social and creative impact of documentary through its distribution and outreach arm, Artist Services. Nonfiction filmmakers worldwide receive support through direct grants, Creative Labs, events, and workshops at the Sundance Creative Producers Summit and Sundance Film Festival—a continuum of year-round creative and financial support enables new and influential practitioners in independent documentary to produce films of quality and depth that thrive in the field.

sundance.org/programs/documentary-film

Williams College Museum of Art Williams College Addressing Climate Change Through Socially Engaged Art $30,000
The Williams College Museum of Art will partner with international art collective Ghana ThinkTank on a project that disrupts and reframes community members' narratives about climate change. Ghana ThinkTank’s mission is to “develop the first world.” It collects problems in the so-called “developed world” and sends them to citizen think tanks in developing countries to generate solutions. At Williams, the artists will bring together students, faculty, and residents from the surrounding rural community who will operate a mobile unit to solicit local problems related to climate change. Ghana ThinkTank will send these problems to think tanks in Morocco and Indonesia and the Williams team will implement the suggested solutions on campus, culminating in a participatory museum installation. This project is an opportunity to center artistic inquiry and personal engagement in Williams College’s yearlong, campus-wide, academic inquiry into climate change.

wcma.williams.edu, ghanathinktank.org

2015 Grants
Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan $40,000
Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan is a photographic art project that reveals the invisible ways that war affects veterans and their families, gives voice to the unseen and underserved veteran population, and generates opportunities for soldier and civilian dialogue. Artist Jennifer Karady works with American veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to create photographs that depict their individual stories and reveal their personal difficulties in adjusting to civilian life. She collaborates with each veteran to restage a memory from war during a carefully planned photo shoot that evokes the psychology of life after war and enables the viewer to glimpse a fragment of what is going on in the soldier's mind. A renewal grant for Soldiers' Stories will support the creation of new work and new facets of the exhibition, in order to engage with wider audiences, build partnerships that support soldiers and veterans, and deepen the viewer experience.

www.jenniferkarady.com

Active Voice How Do We Know/Horticulture $50,000
Filmmakers have diverse goals when they set out to make a film. Those goals might include unearthing an invisible truth, engaging people with different perspectives, helping to change policy, supporting a movement, or digging deeply into an issue that needs attention. Active Voice Lab builds tools that help filmmakers, activists, funders, and policymakers clarify those goals and maximize the impact of their films. Two years of support will help AV Lab deepen its How Do We Know initiative by demonstrating the ways in which different kinds of measurement tools can be applied appropriately to various kinds of stories and campaigns. Using the Horticulture metaphor, AV Lab will create and support a common lexicon that can help filmmakers and their partners talk more deliberately and vividly about what can and can't be measured when creativity is part of the equation.

activevoice.net

Antonia Juhasz / Media Alliance Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Coalition and COP21 $25,000
Antonia Juhasz is a writer and investigative journalist focused on oil whose work often appears in publications like Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The Guardian. A Compton grant will support Juhasz in researching and writing a series of articles that highlight several women who are part of the new coalition “Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground in the Americas.” Each woman is on the front lines of a different form of oil extraction and, therefore, a unique struggle. Juhasz will report on their lives and work in their communities, in Paris at COP21, and upon their return home. Along the way, Juhasz will explore the realities of extractive operations; the people impacted by them; the players supported by, endorsing, and benefiting from them; and the activists seeking to stop them and their roles as part of broader national and international movements. She will describe the successes and challenges of this coalition at COP21, as well as the impact of the women’s participation in the coalition and the COP after returning home.

antoniajuhasz.net

Arctic Cycle General Support $20,000
The Arctic Cycle brings together artistic engagement and advocacy in order to communicate the urgency of the global climate crisis and encourage people to take action. It supports the writing, development, and production of an eight-play cycle by Chantal Bilodeau that examines the impact of climate change on the countries of the Arctic. To keep the advocacy conversation live beyond the plays, The Arctic Cycle also produces the blog "Artists and Climate Change," which brings together a network of artists from all disciplines and regions of the world whose work addresses issues related to climate. With a grant in 2015, the Arctic Cycle will premiere its second play, set in Norway, and start developing a third, set in Alaska. It will expand its outreach by collaborating on an international Climate Change Theatre Action with NoPassport and Theatre without Borders, launching a new guest blogger series, and participating in a series of additional events exploring the intersection of arts and climate change activism that will coincide with Climate Week NYC and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21).

thearcticcycle.org

As You Sow Telling the Story of Fossil Free Investing $50,000
As You Sow's Fossil Free Investing tells the story of the fossil fuels hiding inside our portfolios and 401(k)s, buried deep inside mutual funds. As surprising as it sounds, hardly anyone knows what they actually own, because investing relies so heavily on mutual funds, and the story that "fossil-free" and "green" funds tell about themselves is not always the whole story. It turns out there is no common definition of "fossil free" and no assurance that these funds don't hold fossil fuel stocks. Fossil Free Investing provides the missing link between being ready to align investments with values and being able to effectively implement that intent. A 2015 grant to As You Sow will help support a publicly-available online tool that screens mutual funds against accepted fossil fuel lists and industry classifications, enabling institutional and individual investors to clearly see, with a few simple clicks, the fossil fuel companies embedded in their portfolios, providing the information that can help them decide whether or not those are funds they wish to own.

asyousow.org, fossilfreefunds.org

Beautiful Trouble/Backbone Campaign The Climate Ribbon $50,000
One of the toughest obstacles to action on climate chaos is not a lack of intellectual clarity or policy proposals, but a deep emotional block rooted in denial, fear and unexpressed grief. From that premise emerges the Climate Ribbon, a global storytelling project that uses art and ritual to move through climate grief and denial into solidarity and action. The project is rooted in a simple question: "What do I love and hope never to lose to climate chaos?" In a moment of reflection, participants write their answers on ribbons. They then exchange ribbons, effectively becoming the protector of each other's most treasured hopes. During COP21, tens of thousands of ribbons gathered from all over the world will come together on a monumental art tree in the center of Paris. The tree will serve as a focal point for grassroots storytelling, an intimate spectacle of all the world's climate heartbreaks and hopes, and a warning to negotiators of all that we stand to lose if they fail to achieve a strong carbon emissions treaty.

theclimateribbon.org

BRITDOC Impact Award 2015 $50,000
BRITDOC supports great documentary films and links them to audiences globally by providing direct funding, brokering partnerships, building new business models, and sharing knowledge with filmmakers. In 2011, BRITDOC launched the Impact Award, celebrating the documentary films that have made the greatest impact on society. All Impact Award winners are excellent independent films that have also had significant and measurable social or environmental impact. A grant from Compton will support the 2015 Impact Award, helping to connect new audiences and campaign partners to the winning films. BRITDOC will also produce an in-depth Impact Guide case study for each film, offering the field as a

britdoc.org, britdocimpactaward.org

Canary Project / Media Collective L'Arctique est Paris $40,000
The Canary Project produces art and visual media that deepens public understanding of climate change and galvanizes commitment to solutions. L’Arctique est Paris is a public art performance and a short film and media campaign conceived by Mel Chin and Gretel Ehrlich to bring attention to the cultural transformations caused by climate change occurring all over the world and to show how the Arctic drives the climate of the rest of the world. The PSA will feature Jens Danielsen, an Inuit leader, driving a sled pulled by French poodles through the streets of Paris and delivering an address on the urgency of climate change. The campaign is designed to create momentum and interest in the climate talks in Paris in December and to make climate change felt acutely as an urgent human story and not as a remote scientific concept. The film will be complemented by an event and programming in Paris, including a procession by the same Inuit sled, an exhibition, workshops, a website, teaser video and a billboard campaign.

learctiquestparis.org

Cape Farewell General Support $100,000/2 years
Cape Farewell pioneers the cultural response to climate change, working internationally to bring artists together with scientists, communicators, and influencers to convey the urgency of the global climate crisis. Its Energy Renaissance project invites artists to create engaging public visions of what a local community could look like if it became carbon-neutral. Its Rural Residency Program brings artists to work and live with farmers, and they then create public art on land use and food systems. Over the next two years, with Compton support, Cape Farewell will collaborate with the University of Arts London and Falmouth University to design Art and Climate masters and doctoral programs to train, mentor, and connect young artists working on climate. This winter will see its ArtCOP21 project, a collaboration with the French arts organization COAL to produce a citywide climate festival and public art installation that will coincide with the climate talks in Paris.

capefarewell.com

Capital Institute Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy $50,000
The Capital Institute's Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy enlists the power of storytelling to spark activism around the evolving vision of regenerative capitalism, and to ground that vision, through observation, in real-world practice. The Capital Institute uses a variety of digital and traditional storytelling tools and techniques to explore and share those narratives, and is increasingly collaborating with the people and organizations it features in the Field Guide. A renewal grant from Compton will support the next iteration of the Field Guide, which will work to build an "ecosystem of stories" showcasing and connecting the regenerative projects sprouting up in New York City.

capitalinstitute.org

Chicken & Egg Pictures Innovation & Impact Program $30,000
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Since 2005, it has awarded over $3.7 million in grants and 5,220 hours of mentorship to more than 170 film projects. A 2015 grant will fund its continued support of the Reel Reproductive Justice cohort of eight character-driven films exploring reproductive rights and justice, as well as the launch of its new Impact & Innovation program, which is inspired by the link between social change and a filmmaker's ability to harness the power of multiple storytelling platforms. The new program will support short films and interactive storytelling from diverse voices, help sharpen and diversify storytelling skills, and support filmmakers’ commitment to reaching strategic audiences and creating measurable impact.

chickeneggpics.org

Citizen Engagement Lab CultureStrike! $50,000
Ecological destruction--from extreme weather events to fracking to the industrial food system--directly and disproportionately affects migrants and communities of color. CultureStrike! aims to strengthen climate justice advocacy by advancing the storytelling of artists from these backgrounds, operating from the belief that artistic and cultural strategies rooted in this truth and experience can cultivate the most creative solutions. A renewal grant from Compton in 2015 will help CultureStrike! evaluate and build on its first year of climate organizing with a migrant lens; enabling artists to engage in climate advocacy by linking them with affected communities, climate information, and collaborative projects; helping environmental justice organizations develop cultural organizing strategies by providing guidance, connections to artists, and trainings; and exhibiting and disseminating art that expands the imagination and motivates change in coordination with key movement moments.

CultureStrike.net

Creative Catalysts Project Seeding Possibilities $50,000
Creative Catalysts brings together experts from diverse disciplines (art, science, experiential learning, and storytelling) to develop innovative ways to raise awareness, inspire dialogue, and spark action on pressing social and environmental issues. It engages people where they live, work, and play in order to involve diverse sectors of our society in greater social change. In 2015 the organization will work with artist Eve Mosher to continue to support HighWaterLine, which helps people personalize climate change through an experiential representation of sea level rise, and will initiate a new collaboration with diverse community stakeholders in Los Angeles to design innovative public art interventions focused on renewable energy solutions.

highwaterline.org, creativecatalysts.org

Exhale General Support $40,000
Founded with a mission to support the full range of experiences that come after abortion, Exhale has continued to grow and adapt its strategies to meet the changing needs and experiences of people who have abortions and their loved ones. Exhale's pro-voice framework emphasizes story-sharing, empathetic listening, and embracing the complexity and diversity of emotions that makes us human. That frame has already influenced the strategies of many organizations working for reproductive health, rights, and justice. A renewal grant from Compton will support Exhale's volunteer-run talkline, as well as a tour of interactive workshops to engage people in pro-voice conversations about abortion

exhaleprovoice.org

Global Call for Climate Action Poetry for Climate Action $50,000
The Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) is partnering with Marshallese poet, teacher, and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Climate Justice Institute, College of the Marshall Islands) to use the emotional power of spoken word poetry to motivate broad public action in the lead up to COP21. Jetnil-Kijiner and the GCCA will run a competition designed to challenge, engage and support spoken word artists from countries likely to be critical to negotiating a successful agreement to serve as advocates for global climate change-related campaigns in their home country in the lead up to, and through, COP21. This project will culminate in a select number of contestants performing at home, making short films of their poetry, and traveling to Paris to participate in major public mobilizations, including the Paris People's Climate March on November 29 and other advocacy and public mobilization activities coordinated by the GCCA and its partners.

tcktcktck.org

Grist Magazine General Support $100,000/2 years
Grist, an independent, irreverent online media platform, shows how green is reshaping the world and empowers a new generation to make change. Founded in 1999, Grist has earned a reputation as an indispensable source of environmental stories and inspiration for a monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. A two-year grant from Compton will support Grist as it continues to use humor and irreverence to cover serious subjects, reaching outside the choir, and giving people across the country and around the world the information they need to forge a world that is healthy, sustainable, and equitable.

grist.org

Heroes’ Narrative Project / Fuse / Washington Progress Fund Washington's Heroes' Narrative & Communications Hub $50,000
Progressive movements cannot win at the scale of the problems they face without a unified story. To that end, the Heroes’ Narrative Project helps communicators tell a common story that mobilizes the progressive base and builds power across issue areas. The Narrative teaches issue campaigns to tell their stories like a Hollywood blockbuster, using tested language that moves voters, and training advocates to talk about real-life heroes and villains, their epic quest, and the threat to something they love. Allies from Planned Parenthood to Climate Solutions are achieving greater success using this storytelling framework, with 3,000+ people trained nationally. The project launched in 2012 and released its second edition of the narrative in 2014. A grant this year will support the Heroes’ Narrative in using its expertise to bring a winning storytelling strategy to issue campaigns across Washington State and helping to seed similar projects in other states across the country.

heroesnarrative.org

Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund People's Climate Music $50,000
The Hip Hop Caucus runs civic engagement and advocacy campaigns aimed at young people who identify with hip hop culture. Its People's Climate Music (PCM) project is a culture-based organizing campaign that centers communities and justice in the climate change conversation. PCM drives this frame through mass and popular culture, working with a team of high-level hip hop and rap artists to empower everyday people to undertake advocacy and action for a global transition to clean energy. This project will focus on Paris climate negotiations and getting out the US vote in 2016. It will include an album release, on-the-ground events alongside artist tours, and a digital and social media campaign.

hiphopcaucus.org

Institute for Democratic Education & Culture SUNCATCHER: Impact Campaign for Catching the Sun $40,000
Catching the Sun is a new documentary by filmmaker Shalini Kantayya about the international race to build a clean energy economy, telling the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change. SUNCATCHER, the film's impact campaign, aims to use the film's story, ancillary screening events, and web-based media to heighten mainstream public familiarity with the complex issues surrounding a rapid US transition to clean energy, as well as to engage and empower local communities across the country with the tools to access and advocate for solar energy. SUNCATCHER has formed partnerships with clean tech entrepreneurs, cultural influencers, and grassroots advocacy organizations, including the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the NAACP. The SUNCATCHER National Screening Tour aims to engage a coalition of stakeholders and empower new clean energy activists with the tools to influence local and state clean energy policy. With a grant from Compton, SUNCATCHER will support local screenings and create an educational curriculum and online advocacy campaign aimed at social networking sites to advocate for affordable access to clean energy options and energy efficiency through city and state policy.

catchingthesun.tv

Just Vision General Support $50,000
The popular narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian context paints the conflict as intractable. While highlighting ongoing violence and top-down political developments, it disregards the efforts of those in the region who are striving to build a future of freedom, dignity, and equality. Just Vision lifts up those stories. It uses moving storytelling to change perspectives and galvanize action, including film, graphic novels, and news media. Just Vision's overarching goal is to contribute to fostering peace and an end to the occupation by rendering Palestinian and Israeli grassroots nonviolence leaders more visible, valued, and effective in their efforts. A renewal grant from Compton will support Just Vision in drawing attention to compelling local role models in unarmed movement-building and demonstrating to journalists, community leaders, public intellectuals and students--in the US, Israel, Palestine, and beyond--what is possible when grassroots leaders choose to act.

justvision.org

Magnum Foundation General Support $100,000/2 years
The Magnum Foundation (MF) champions in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change. MF provides photographers with the financial support and comprehensive mentorship they need to produce meaningful, high-impact visual stories. It leverages its uniquely powerful partnerships in the journalism, activism, and arts communities to disseminate work across platforms to both broad and tactical audiences. Magnum's Emergency Fund supports 10-15 passionate photographers working on under-reported issues related to social injustice each year. MF continually seeks new strategies for increased exposure and impact of documentary photography in an ever-changing media landscape by way of field-building, creative distribution models, and interdisciplinary collaboration. A two-year grant will fund MF's exploration of how to help documentary photographers tell visual stories that go beyond newspaper, magazine, and book publishing.

magnumfoundation.org

Magnum Foundation COP21 Climate Change Campaign $50,000
In partnership with climate justice organizations on the ground at COP21 in Paris, the Magnum Foundation will produce a multi-platform digital and parallel print campaign that utilizes powerful photography drawn from the extensive Magnum Photos archive to emotionally connect individuals to critical environmental concerns, social responsibility, and climate justice. The campaign will launch at the citywide climate art festival, ArtCOP21, with the aim to increase awareness, build momentum, inspire sustainable solutions, and engage interventions for the climate talks.

magnumfoundation.org

Mother Jones Climate Desk $50,000
Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration formed in 2009 to confront the decline of climate change and environmental reporting. Its goal is to increase climate coverage and explore the human, environmental, economic, and political impacts of the changing climate. Participating media organizations--including Mother Jones, The Atlantic, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Guardian, Grist, Huffington Post, Slate, and Wired--have filled a much-needed void in environmental reporting by regularly producing and sharing content that explores climate change in new and engaging ways. A 2015 grant from Compton will support these outlets in working together toward their simple goal: telling the story of climate change better than it's ever been told before at a time when it is needed more than ever.

climatedesk.org

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation General Support for Rapid Response $30,000
NARAL Pro-Choice America is a national network that works to pass and defend reproductive policy through education, organizing, and advocacy. In response to the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood and the ongoing threats to reproductive rights, health, and justice, NARAL has been experimenting with creative storytelling and organizing that defends the movement as a whole. A small grant to NARAL will support those experiments, helping to mobilize supporters quickly as crises arise, keeping public opinion on the side of reproductive rights, and creating a bigger, stronger base of support for reproductive issues.

prochoiceamerica.org

Peace and Security Funders Group / Fund for Constitutional Government Phase Zero $50,000
The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is a growing network of private, public, and family foundations, and philanthropists who make grants that contribute to peace and global security. PSFG seeks to enhance the effectiveness of peace and security grantmaking by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas, fostering collaboration, and providing educational opportunities for its members. With Compton support over the course of 2015, PSFG will convene and advance a conversation around 21st century peace and security in order to begin building a positive, compelling peace narrative that can appeal to a broad cross-section of the American and global publics.

peaceandsecurity.org

Peace is Loud General Support $25,000
Peace is Loud provides a creative approach to conflict prevention, gender equity and peacebuilding through media, live events, and storytelling. Its documentary film series, cross-media projects, and speakers’ bureau highlight the voices of women peace leaders and underline the fact that women’s voices are essential to peacebuilding efforts, a unique contribution in an ecosystem of partner organizations working to create a more peaceful world and to empower people to build peace in their day-to-day lives. A grant this year will support Peace is Loud in screening its film series “Women, War and Peace,” and a new documentary and series of shorts called “Trials of Spring,” for strategic audiences, growing its speakers’ bureau, and running its first social action campaign.

peaceisloud.org

Revolutions Per Minute General Support $150,000/3 years
Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) connects the most pressing issues of our time to the emotive power and broad audience reach of musicians and comedians. Founded in 2005 by musicians, managers, and advisors from bands including Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, and REM, RPM provides the more than 1000 performers in its network with the on-going support and resources they need to apply their talents as storytellers and build their skills as leaders in social and environmental justice efforts. RPM ensures that artists are taking action in the most strategic ways possible, amplifying existing groups and movements and contributing much-needed resources in the form of creativity, new supporters, funding, and awareness. Three years of Compton funding will support RPM's expansion into other creative realms and the development and sharing of an evaluation tool that will better assess artists' activities and social engagement potential, as well as its ongoing work to provide strategic counsel and technical support to help artists make a difference on the causes they care about.

revolutionsperminute.net

RH Reality Check General Support $100,000/2 years
RH Reality Check (RHRC) is an evidence-based, daily, online publication reflecting progressive values and a commitment to reproductive and sexual justice. RHRC works in a fast-paced media environment to produce news, analysis, commentary, and investigative research combined with strategic community engagement. Compton grants in 2015 and 2016 will support its efforts to 1) disrupt conventional and misleading media narratives on reproductive rights and justice issues; 2) proactively inform public debates among and between policymakers, advocates, researchers, and the interested public; and 3) respond rapidly to media distortions of reproductive and sexual health issues.

rhrealitycheck.org

Sea Change Program / Tides Center General Support $30,000
The Sea Change Program is dedicated to transforming the culture of stigma around abortion and other marginalized reproductive experiences and helping people speak up and share their stories about abortion, adoption, young parenting, and infertility. Sea Change conducts social science research and partners with organizations to identify, test, and share practices for reducing reproductive stigma. It aims to help create a world that upholds the dignity and humanity of all people as they move through their reproductive lives. A renewal grant from Compton will support Sea Change's work to increase the visibility of marginalized reproductive experiences; strengthen connections between people, reproductive health care providers, and their communities; and support the integration of abortion and other reproductive health services into mainstream health care.

seachangeprogram.org

Solutions Project General Support $40,000
The Solutions Project works to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purposes. A 2015 grant will support its work to engage the public, celebrate and convene leaders, and advance collaborative campaigns that provide consumers, voters, and large-scale decision-makers with the opportunity to take big steps on the road to 100%. Solutions was initially conceived in the summer of 2011 from the conviction that science, business, and culture offer an unstoppable triple-force to build the case for 100%. Adding community as the fourth front, Solutions now works to inspire mainstream excitement and belief in a renewable vision, and to show how the transition to 100% is already happening with the technology available today.

thesolutionsproject.org

Split This Rock Eco-Justice Poetry Project $20,000
Poetry and the arts shape how we view the world. If we are to begin to imagine environmental justice as a human right, and to fully realize the idea of climate justice, we need new stories and poems to actively shift cultural perceptions. Split This Rock’s Eco-Justice Poetry Project curates poetry at the intersection of social justice, culture, and the environment, bringing together poets and community-based environmental justice activists. A grant this year will support the project in editing Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (under contract with University of Georgia Press); publishing poems through social media and curating and maintaining its database of socially engaged poetry; and presenting a national poetry festival in April of 2016. In addition, Split this Rock is developing eco-justice poetry curricula, and collaborating with environmental justice communities across the country to host readings, creative writing workshops, and collaborative social action around eco-justice issues.

splitthisrock.org

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program $50,000
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) provides year-round support to contemporary-issue nonfiction filmmakers worldwide. DFP provides creative and financial backing to independent artists through the Sundance Documentary Fund, multiple Creative Labs each year, documentary panels and events at the Sundance Creative Producers Summit and the Sundance Film Festival, and a variety of international documentary collaborations and initiatives. Filmmakers served by DFP Labs, grants, and other activities are encouraged to experiment and take risks in moving their projects forward by working with Creative Advisors, staff, and peer filmmakers. A 2015 grant will encourage the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling and promote the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience.

sundance.org/programs/documentary-film

University of Utah Reading the Book Cliffs: Art, Advocacy, & Landscape $30,000
The Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah is creating a project to explore with students oil shale and tar sands development on Utah’s public lands. Students will investigate, contemplate, and activate their creative intelligence as they focus on fossil fuel extraction inside America’s Red Rock Wilderness. Students will visit towns in rural Utah impacted by oil and gas development; engage with activists occupying the Tar Sands Mine in the Book Cliffs; and meet with tribal leaders, local officials, industry, and conservationists, while being mentored by a community of artists, writers, and filmmakers. “Reading the Book Cliffs: Art, Advocacy, and Landscape” will be a two-year project. A Compton grant for the first year of the program will allow students to focus on understanding the issues; the second year will involve the implementation of daring creative actions through the lens of art and environmental humanities.

environmental-humanities.edu

US Department of Arts and Culture General Support $30,000
The US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is an action network mobilizing creativity in the service of social justice. It supports artist-organizers in becoming effective local leaders, connecting them to training, resources, and one another as they catalyze arts-infused civic dialogues and creative change-making initiatives in their communities. Participatory national actions invite everyone to bring their creativity to the public sphere, amplifying impact across sites and contributing to a national vision of a resilient, sustainable future grounded in the transformative power of art and culture. Playfully performing the work of a “people-powered” department, USDAC aims to spark a grassroots creative change movement, engaging millions in envisioning and enacting a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.

usdac.us

Why Foundation World Stories $50,000
World Stories is a series of 20 documentary films from around the world that tell compelling stories about social issues and fundamental human rights in order to inspire freedom of expression and democratic justice globally. Focusing primarily on audiences in low- and middle-income countries, the series is offered to populations around the world free of charge and in several different languages through an extensive network of local broadcasters and media platforms. Through World Stories, the Why Foundation aims to contribute to the development of new documentary film audiences, support journalistic environments, and develop talents locally. A grant this year will support World Stories in growing its audience around the world and creating new distribution channels for brilliant and important documentary films.

whypoverty.net

WomanStats / Texas A&M University General Support $50,000
The Texas A&M Program on Women, Peace, and Security seeks peace between men and women as one of the great keys to peace in the world. It has three major components: teaching, outreach to the policy community, and academic research. A Compton grant will support the academic research component, which is performed through the WomanStats Project. WomanStats is an international, interdisciplinary, and inter-university group of researchers who collect, analyze, and map data on the status of women and its relationship with national security and conflict. The project's findings are shared through briefings and various media with key policy entities, including UNWomen and the US Office of Global Women's Issues. The program brings together policy stakeholders through conferences, and teaches and mentors graduate students in this subject area through its yearly flagship course, "Women and Nations."

womanstats.org

Women Make Movies the bomb $30,000
"the bomb" is a music and film installation that will bring attention to the grave threat that nuclear weapons still pose today. Projected onto 360-degree video screens and accompanied by live music, "the bomb" will immerse its audiences into the story of these weapons, from the Trinity Test in July 1945 to the present. It will look at the culture that surrounds them, the fascination they inspire, and the appeal they still exert--and it will convey the impossibility of fully controlling this technology. "the bomb" will commemorate the 70th anniversary of three transformative events that occurred in the summer of 1945: the test of the first nuclear device in the New Mexico desert, and the destruction of two large Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by atomic bombs. A grant from Compton will support "the bomb" on its seven-city tour, as it aims to catalyze a new conversation about nuclear weapons through a combination of information and overwhelming emotion.

Grantee Facts

Name:
Bioneers

Project Name:
Annual Conference - Moonrise: Women's Leadership

Amount Granted:
$10,000