2019 Community Partners

Civic Spirit partners with faith communities to create civic education for the 21st century. Through teacher professional development, student programming, and a powerful interfaith network, we prepare the next generation to be knowledgeable, ethical, and active participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.

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Through partnerships with social service organizations and city agencies, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, which engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming- or Forum Theatre - to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression.


YVote helps young people connect their passions and beliefs with how they can make a difference, at and beyond the ballot box. By analyzing issues they care deeply about through the lens of “why vote,” YVoters work at the intersection of individual activism, collective action, and electoral politics to become effective change-makers and civic spark plugs in their schools and communities. YVote currently has four Action Groups, each focusing on different facets of justice: Criminal, Environmental, Gender, and Immigration.

We are a group of educators and education activists organizing an annual, national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in New York City.


Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

Festival Partners

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Science surrounds us. Even when we don’t notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. At the Story Collider, we believe that everyone has a story about science — we produce them in live shows and on our podcast. Find out more at www.storycollider.org.

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Civic Hall is a collaborative community center and ideas incubator where government staff, nonprofit leaders, community organizers, policy wonks, philanthropists, civic entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, journalists and academics come together to solve pressing civic problems with technology.

2018 Community Partners 

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Women of Color for Progress (WCP) is a multi-strategy political organization founded by women of color for women of color. Through a racial equity and intersectional lens, WCP empowers women of color to excel, lead, represent and be heard. WCP aims to create an inclusive and transparent political system that focuses on progressive human rights legislation. Ultimately, we hope to not only elect women of color into public office, but also create a pipeline of women of color political leaders.


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The mission of No One Left Behind is to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States. We bridge the gap that exists between current State Department and NGO refugee relief programs,and provide assistance with housing, employment and cultural adaptation. We treat our clients as the heroic veterans they are - to date we've helped resettle over 5,220 people.


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The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.


The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

Started in January of 2015, NYC Veterans Alliance is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that improves the lives of veterans and their families in the NYC metropolitan area and empowers military veterans to become politically active through four engaging programs – Policy & Legislative Advocacy, Community Information, Get Ready to Run, and Civic Leadership. With the mission to advocate legislative action for all military veterans and their families while offering political engagement opportunities, NYC Veterans Alliance serves NYC’s 220,000+ veterans and 250,000+ dependent family members. For more information, please visit www.nycveteransalliance.org.   


genEquality is a nonprofit organization that uses behavioral insights and creative design to activate gender equality, with and for everyone. We use art, design, fashion, and technology to positively influence culture change - in peer groups, in workplaces, and in our wider society.

We’re building on Product (RED)’s model, and raising them by one. The Product (RED) model raises awareness, raises funds, and creates shared purpose around the global HIV/AIDS epidemic in support of The Global Fund. genEquality is taking that model a step further; in addition to raising awareness, raising funds, and creating shared purpose, we are inspiring tangible action that everyone - regardless of gender - can take to advance gender equality. That’s how we activate gender equality.

Proceeds from all of genEquality products go to nonprofit organizations that are advancing gender equality. Gender inequality is a global problem, and genEquality is committed to both mobilizing and inspiring action at the individual level while supporting organizations that are addressing issues at the systemic level, the way that VoteRunLead, Project Callisto, and Girls Who Code are addressing the political gender ratio imbalance, sexual harassment and assault, and STEM education and careers for girls. Learn more about genEquality, our work, and our nudge products at www.genEquality.org.

2017 Community Partners


Over the past 100 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City has become a leading resource for health care and information for New Yorkers from all communities. We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be partnering with the Speak Up, Rise Up Storytelling Festival, where patients, staff members, volunteers, and supporters will share their stories of resistance and resilience. Inspired by Michelle Chen’s 2015 article, “The War Against Planned Parenthood Is Also an Assault on Poor Women of Color,” the showcase will shine light on how the assault on reproductive health and rights has impacted and oppressed various communities, stemming from the GOP-led insistence on putting an end to safe, affordable health care for all.

The Muslim Community Network is a nonprofit organization that identifies and cultivates the leadership skills of all Americans to fully participate in the social landscape. MCN’s strategies include creating strong relationships with other faith-based communities; articulating and advancing an understanding of the need for citizen engagement; developing the skills and ability of our community to affect change; and building the next generation’s identity and capacity as leaders.

The Future Project’s mission: To power the possibility of people.

The Future Project places Dream Directors in schools across the country. Part social entrepreneur, part community organizer, part transformative coach, Dream Directors guide students and school communities through The Dreamer’s Journey—the process of discovering a dream that lights you on fire and building a Future Project that brings it to life.

Razom is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building a prosperous Ukraine by increasing civic engagement and by amplifying the voices of Ukrainian citizens around the world. Razom was established in 2014 to support the people of Ukraine in their continued quest for democracy, justice and human rights. Learn more at RazomForUkraine.org


Lady Parts Justice League is a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters fighting against reproductive rights. Every damn day, LPJL’s vigilant and hilarious coffee fueled abortion defenders use original rapid response media to fire back at the relentless attacks on repro rights. We go from WHAT-THE-F**K-CAN-WE-DO?! to MAKING-SHIT-HAPPEN by bringing communities together with their local abortion provider through kick ass comedy shows, werkshops, and events. We're the not-at-all-secret-or-subtle admirers that show up to abortion clinics around the country to remind them they’re loved, appreciated, and essential by providing physical and emotional support.

Through partnerships with social service organizations and city agencies, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues. The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, which engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming- or Forum Theatre - to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression.

Theater - The Connelly Theater

The historic Connelly Theater is a beautiful 99-150-seat miniature opera house in the heart of NYC's East Village that now serves as a home for adventurous independent theater productions. Past productions include Soho Rep's DUAT, Mac Wellman's The Offending Gesture (as part of The Tank's Flint & Tinder series), Daniel Kitson's A Show for Christmas, Soho Rep. & Ars Nova's Futurity, Lyspinka! The Trilogy, Mission Drift (The TEAM), The New York International Fringe Festival, Lucy Thurber's Monstrosity (13p), Anne Washburn's Apparition, and many others. The theater also serves as a location for film and television productions, including shows on HBO, ABC, MTV, PBS, and many more. The building, originally an orphanage, dates back to the mid 1870s. The theater itself was once a choir hall, with the distinctive proscenium arch and raised stage added later.


Theatrical Partner - The Tank NYC


The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 1,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in the 62-seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others.

Growing List of People Who This Wouldn't Possibly Happen Without
(a Thank You list)

Susan Kent, Nicole Ferraro, David Crabb, Kevin Allison, Peter Michael Marino, Jenn Shaw, Danielle Tomson, Ellen Mendlow, Jordan Schultze, Rob Penty, Mark Pagan, Larry Rosen, Julia Whitehouse, Robin Gelfenbien, Joanna Solotaroff, Katie Osborn, Sean O'Brien, Chris Ryan, Anita Flores, Lindsay Hoffman, Destiny Arturet, Alena Almonte