The following organizations work to use art as a tool for social activism and change.

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InterAct is a theatre for today's world dedicated to developing and producing plays that explore the social, political and cultural issues of our time.



  • HOW TO HELP: We don't need help, but we can offer space for meetings, social gatherings, presentations, etc. We may also be able to provide theatre (in the form of text-based performance) as part of an event or initiative.
  • CONTACT: Seth Rozin, Producing Artistic Director |  215-568-8077

Our mission is to tap the potential of youth and inspire learning through playwriting.


  • HOW TO HELP: Philadelphia Young Playwrights delivers curriculum based in-class playwriting programs to schools throughout the region, regardless of ability to pay. Our greatest need is funding for programming in schools who are unable to pay a fee to provide programming to their students. These schools are in the most underserved neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
  • CONTACT: Lindsay Mauck, Development & Communications | 215-665-9226 x7005

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art. PMG preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. 


  • HOW TO HELP: We are here as a safe space for any of our community members that need a place to reflect, get inspired, and be welcomed by open-minded individuals. What we most need is our community to know that we are here for them. Come visit, come talk, come sit, come get distracted, come think up ideas of how to fight back! We're here to support YOU.
  • CONTACT: Emily Smith, Executive Director |  215-733-0390 x 113

To Utilize Art as a means of conveying social justice issue messages, emotions, feelings, trauma, process, and activism to bring about positive social change for oppressed populations.

  • HOW TO HELP: Volunteers, fiscal support (donations) and gently used art supplies, social media presence
  • CONTACT: Casey Buckley, Founder |  215-941-2956

Girls Rock Philly is a volunteer-based non-profit music and mentoring organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.  At Girls Rock Philly, we provide a community driven response that is dedicated to identifying and deconstructing gender-based oppression while addressing the ways it manifests itself in female youth: behaviors such as competitiveness, self-doubt, and negative self-image. We use supportive, multi-generational, peer mentoring model. This model works to create a safer space that encourages the fearless expression, artistic experimentation, thoughtful analysis, and imaginative action of our participants.

  • HOW TO HELP: Financial donations
  • CONTACT: Diane Foglizzo or Andrea Jacome, Co-Directors |  215-776-5246

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A meeting place, an idea lab, a support system, and an engine for positive change, Asian Arts Initiative strives to empower communities through the richness of art. We believe in a universal human capacity for creativity, and we support local art and artists as a means of interpreting, sharing, and shaping contemporary cultural identity.

  • HOW TO HELP: Donate, volunteer, attend events and workshops
  • CONTACT: Julia Shaw, Development Director |  215-557-0455

Our mission is to use the power of Black Art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding. We are intentional about working where we are needed most. We teach the Civil Rights Movement through the Arts in schools, community centers and more. While we focus on black art, we are Open to and Welcome ALL.

  • HOW TO HELP: Financial Donations & Administrative Volunteers
  • CONTACT: Valerie V Gay, Executive Director |  2152324485

Spiral Q builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes and the courage to act on their conviction.  We take to the streets (real and virtual) our unflinching and joyous commitment to justice and equality.  We unleash the power of art to connect people, actions, values, neighborhoods, organizations, and movements to each other and to their collective creative force for change.  We remain steadfast in cultivating a climate of mutual respect, that is open to difficult conversations, and is committed to seeking shared purpose.

The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives. Through a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary process, the PPC and an incredible array of city-wide partners, work with individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system to develop the tools, skills, and networks to advocate for themselves, their families, and residents across the city. 


We offer classes for children and adults and also offer all-ages Open Studios for people to come and play with clay. Sometimes unleashing your creativity is an important and powerful act. We make art accessible to everyone.



  • HOW TO HELP: The Clay Bunny Project raises money and awareness for girls at risk of sex trafficking here in Philly and all over the globe. We've raised $3000 so far. Volunteers of all ages and abilities make and glaze little clay bunnies and we sell them for $5 each. They are beautiful and unique and a powerful reminder that "every bunny makes a difference." We need more volunteers to come to our studio and make bunnies.
  • CONTACT: Cornelia, Studio Manager |  267-650-1757