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Nick Szuberla
, director and founder. Nick has helped design and lead national public information campaigns on issues ranging from sentencing reform to U.S. energy policy. He began his work at the Highlander Research and Education Center in 1996, and then joined Appalshop, an arts and cultural center in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Not long after, Nick founded Holler to the Hood (a multimedia project exploring urban/rural relationships), Thousand Kites (a national dialogue project addressing the U.S. criminal justice system) and Calls from Home (an interactive radio and organizing project). He has produced award winning documentary films, radio series, and multimedia productions. He has also trained hundreds of youth and adults in how to use low-cost media as an organizing tool, and has done artist residencies in 38 states. He is a graduate of Antioch

Thousand Kites Partners

American Friends Service Committee
The AFSC promotes a national movement to end the use of solitary confinement and related forms of torture in US prisons.
Penal Reform International
Penal Reform International is an international non-governmental organization working on criminal justice reform worldwide.
Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance is a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex.
Working Films
Working Films collaborates with artists to maximize the impact of their work through coordinated community education efforts, while simultaneously working with organizers to enrich their ongoing grassroots efforts with relevant, vital media.

 

Arts and Criminal Justice Alliance
Arts in Criminal Justice Alliance is a network of artists, organizations, funders, government agencies, and justice systems committed to partnership, advocacy, and the creation of model arts programs in the corrections field.

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Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged
RIHD (Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged) is a nonprofit, all volunteer group dedicated to helping reduce crimes and aid disadvantaged people, with special emphasis on at-risk youth, incarcerated people, and ex-offenders.

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November Coalition
November Coalition is a non-profit grassroots organization working to end drug war injustice.

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Southwest Correctional Arts Network
Southwest Correctional Arts Network provides support for artists teaching in prisons around the country.

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Grassroots Leadership
Grassroots Leadership is a southern-based national organization that works to defend democracy, enhance the public good and stop the erosion of the public sphere.

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Roadside Theater Company
Roadside Theater is Appalshop’s theater company creating original works in the Appalachian region.

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The Gathering
The Gathering: A Movement for Coordination to Engage Organizations in a Common Covenant for Justice and Ending Child Incarceration.

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Image Highlander Research and Education Center
Higlander works with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, to take collective action to shape their own destiny.

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Advocare
Advocare is a membership organization that is part of a national effort to reduce crime through criminal justice reform.

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Mississippi Coalition to Prevent Schoolhouse to Jailhouse
Mississippi Coalition to Prevent Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Coalition is dedicated to using cost-effective and humane ways to prevent the funneling of Mississippi’s children from its schools and into the juvenile justice system.

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Community Arts Network
The Community Arts Network (CAN) is a portal to the field of community arts, providing news, documentation, theoretical writing, communications, research and educational information.

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People Against Injustice
People Against Injustice is a grassroots organization in New Haven that works for reforms in the criminal justice system.

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Appalshop
Appalshop is a non-profit community media arts organization located in the coalfields of Appalachia.

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National CURE
National CURE is a membership organization for families and prisoners, with the goal of reforming the use of prison, and helping rehabilitate prisoners.

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ALTERNATE ROOTS
Alternate ROOTS provides the connective tissue for a distinct segment
of the arts and culture field – artists who have a commitment to making
work in, with, by, for and about their communities, and those whose
cultural work strives for social justice.

 


Virgin Islands Prison Project
Virgin Islands Prison Project (VIPP) is a collective of committed
volunteers seeking to change the lives of incarcerated people and the
prison environment.

Past Funders:

We wish to thank our Thousand Kites funding partners:

The Nathan Cummings Foundation
EMC Arts Innovation Fund
The Ford Foundation
LINC/Artography/The Ford Foundation
Multi-Arts Production Fund
Creative Capital Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Appalshop Production and Education Fund
Alternate ROOTS
National Performance Network
Appalachian Community Fund
The Kentucky Foundation for Women
Southern Arts Federation