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Arts, Culture and Media

Elizabeth Alexander. New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Director, Creativity and Free Expression

Anna Deavere Smith on the school-to-prison pipeline and the need for empathy in education

The Ford Foundation's Elizabeth Alexander speaks with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith about Smith's new play, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, examining the school-to-prison pipeline.

Margaret, Morton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Fighting hate and inequality by advancing cultural equality

Today’s divisive climate makes it more urgent than ever to lift up vibrant art and creative expression that unifies and humanizes people through stories, art, and cultural practice.

Tracy Van Slyke. Photo credit: Jim Newberry Rinku Sen

Tracy Van Slyke, Director, Culture Lab

Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Race Forward

How to be a better storyteller: Five questions social change makers need to ask

The Culture Lab and Race Forward offer five questions and a tool kit to help social change and media makers become better storytellers. 

Alberto, Cerda Silva, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Protecting free speech in the digital age: Q&A with UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression

Alberto Cerda Silva speaks with David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion, about how the Internet is changing the right to free speech, press, and expression.

David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of expression and opinion

Margaret, Morton, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

The future of the arts is Latinx: Q&A with artist Teresita Fernandez

Despite being the fastest growing ethnic group, Latinxs are the least represented group in the arts. Teresita Fernandez speaks with the Ford Foundation about why Latinxs are critical to the future of the arts. 

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Q&A with "Music of Strangers" filmmaker Morgan Neville

JustFilms director Cara Mertes spoke to filmmaker Morgan Neville about his film, The Music of Strangers.

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Behind the Panama Papers: A Q&A with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle

Program Officer Barbara Raab interviews International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle on the Panama Papers.

Chi-Hui Yang, New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Exploring the rise of Misty Copeland in “A Ballerina’s Tale”

An interview with filmmaker Nelson George on his experience documenting Misty Copeland's historic rise to become the world's first black principal dancer at a major international ballet company.

Chi-Hui Yang, New York. 2015. (c) Ford Foundation

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Why the Black Panthers still matter today: Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson

Interview with filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his Black Panthers documentary and its relevance to #BlackLivesMatter and racial tensions today.

Lori, McGlinchey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Vivek, Malhorta, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom

Vivek Malhotra, Director, Civil and Human Rights

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Our top social justice moments at Sundance

Ford staff recount their most memorable social justice moments from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Nicolette, Naylor, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Southern Africa

Storytellers are change makers

 If we’re going to speak about the power of storytelling then I guess I should tell a story—or rather, my story.

Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Internet Freedom

A digital culture shift

Digital technologies present critical challenges to equity, opportunity, and security—activists and advocates must make technology a cornerstone of their work.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

National Arts and Humanities Medalists: Transforming culture

Celebrating the transformative work of the National Arts and Humanities Medalists.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Five lessons for July 4

As we celebrate Independence Day, we reflect on the lessons about working for freedom and justice over the past months.

Laila, Hourani, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Revealing the magic of Arab film making

Written and directed by Ely Dagher, Waves '98 is first Lebanese film to win Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

Rosemary, Okello Orlale, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

In rural Kenya, access to information is power

"Radio listening groups" and digital resource centers throughout rural Kenya empower women.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

CITIZENFOUR: Filmmaking as an act of justice

JustFilms director, Cara Mertes, shares how CITIZENFOUR is an example of how filmmaking can be an act of justice.

Betty Yu ©Ford Foundation

Betty Yu, NetGain Blogger

At NetGain, working together for an open Internet

On February 11, the presidents of the Open Society Foundations and the Knight, MacArthur, Mozilla, and Ford foundations came together with leading figures from government, philanthropy, business, and the tech world to launch a major new partnership, explore shared principles, and get ambitious about the next generation of innovation for social change and progress.

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Cracking the gender code

Program officer Barbara Raab recaps the the successes of the event Cracking the Code: Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Roberta, Uno, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Senior Program Officer

An evening with Kumu Hina

This event demonstrated how arts and culture, including film, dance, and music serve as a central means of self-expression and political activism for LGBT people of color.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

Work in Detroit doesn't end with Grand Bargain

Learn about Ford's commitment to Detroit.

Jonathan, Barzilay, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Jonathan Barzilay, Former Director

Supporting journalism, protecting journalists

Reflections from program officer Jonathan Barzilay on protecting journalism and journalists.