We use art to raise awareness on issues related to Stardust’s overall mission

We facilitate and support socially-engaged art, supporting movements whenever possible

We incubate ideas to create space for and encourage creative solutions and approaches to addressing social justice issues

We support opportunities and platforms for artists to explore systemic social issues

We investigate ways to increase equity in media and storytelling, supporting those who prioritize marginalized voices

We leverage our support to enact systemic change

Red Sand Project

Recognizing the need for more awareness around human trafficking, we created Red Sand Project—a participatory artwork that uses sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations, and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, connect, and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. Installations and events have taken place in all 50 United States and in more than 70 countries around the world, and the project has engaged over 1.5 million people.

Image courtesy of Red Sand Project

NETA

During the height of the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border, Stardust supported Families Belong Together and the National Domestic Workers Alliance in coordinating efforts to stop family separation. We recognized that the burgeoning Families Belong Together movement would need art and visuals for its work, and partnered with NETA—a bilingual, multimedia platform that amplifies the voices of border residents in the Rio Grande Valley—to create a call for artists to “visualize the resistance” against the government’s discriminatory and oppressive policies.

Image courtesy of Families Belong Together

Target Studio for Creative Collaboration

We partnered with the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, a platform that supports ambitious collaborations between artists and researchers at the University of Minnesota, making university resources available to the Twin Cities’ artists, and the creative powers of artists available to academic researchers. Together, we established a Collaboration Incubator: an initiative to support innovative ideas for creative collaboration at their nascent stages. Artists in residence at the Collaboration Incubator focus on issues of gender equity, immigration, incarceration and trafficking of Native American women, and foster care.

Peng Wu and Michael Howell at the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration

For Freedoms

Serving as a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject the anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. We supported For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, recognizing the importance of this platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action.

Image courtesy of For Freedoms

Level Forward

We believe that an essential part of enabling full social participation is ensuring accurate and diverse representations of marginalized voices, and achieving meaningful diversity and inclusion behind the scenes in the production of media. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in media and storytelling, we invested in Level Forward, a new breed entertainment company committed to innovation and inclusion throughout all creative and business processes. Producing a diverse array of media, Level Forward integrates its commitment to social impact at every stage of its process by challenging exploitation, championing diverse storytellers, and building long-term partnerships with community-based organizations.

Wassaic Project

We committed to a multi-year partnership with the Wassaic Project, anartist-run arts organization located in Wassaic, New York that is home to a year-round artist residency program, art exhibitions, music festivals, and art education programs for kids, teens, and adults. Key to our partnership was a commitment from the Wassaic Project to research and implement practices to increase representation of people of color in its programs. Together, Stardust Arts and the Wassaic Project are working to identify and strengthen recruitment pipelines, enabling a more diverse array of artists to access and participate in the Wassaic Project’s programming and resources.

Will Hutnick at the Wassaic Project

Creating a future where all women and girls can fulfill their potential.

Stardust Arts is a collection of initiatives committed to innovative, socially-engaged art. We work to challenge the systems and structures that inhibit the participation and power of excluded and exploited people.

We support, incubate, and implement projects with the belief that art is a catalyzing tool for change, connectivity, and collective understanding.

Human Trafficking Awareness

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Image courtesy of Red Sand Project

Red Sand Project

Recognizing the need for more awareness around human trafficking, we created Red Sand Project—a participatory artwork that uses sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations, and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, connect, and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. Installations and events have taken place in all 50 United States and in more than 70 countries around the world, and the project has engaged over 1.5 million people.

Image courtesy of Red Sand Project

Families Belong Together

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Photo Credit: Michael Barth

NETA

During the height of the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border, Stardust supported Families Belong Together and the National Domestic Workers Alliance in coordinating efforts to stop family separation. We recognized that the burgeoning Families Belong Together movement would need art and visuals for its work, and partnered with NETA—a bilingual, multimedia platform that amplifies the voices of border residents in the Rio Grande Valley—to create a call for artists to “visualize the resistance” against the government’s discriminatory and oppressive policies.

Image courtesy of Families Belong Together

Creative Solutions for Social Justice

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Anna Marie Shogren at the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration

Target Studio for Creative Collaboration

We partnered with the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, a platform that supports ambitious collaborations between artists and researchers at the University of Minnesota, making university resources available to the Twin Cities’ artists, and the creative powers of artists available to academic researchers. Together, we established a Collaboration Incubator: an initiative to support innovative ideas for creative collaboration at their nascent stages. Artists in residence at the Collaboration Incubator focus on issues of gender equity, immigration, incarceration and trafficking of Native American women, and foster care.

Peng Wu and Michael Howell at the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration

Creative Civic Engagement

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Image courtesy of For Freedoms

For Freedoms

Serving as a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject the anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. We supported For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, recognizing the importance of this platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action.

Image courtesy of For Freedoms

Diverse Storytelling

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Level Forward

We believe that an essential part of enabling full social participation is ensuring accurate and diverse representations of marginalized voices, and achieving meaningful diversity and inclusion behind the scenes in the production of media. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion in media and storytelling, we invested in Level Forward, a new breed entertainment company committed to innovation and inclusion throughout all creative and business processes. Producing a diverse array of media, Level Forward integrates its commitment to social impact at every stage of its process by challenging exploitation, championing diverse storytellers, and building long-term partnerships with community-based organizations.

Increasing Representation for Artists of Color

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Ghost of a Dream at the Wassaic Project

Wassaic Project

We committed to a multi-year partnership with the Wassaic Project, anartist-run arts organization located in Wassaic, New York that is home to a year-round artist residency program, art exhibitions, music festivals, and art education programs for kids, teens, and adults. Key to our partnership was a commitment from the Wassaic Project to research and implement practices to increase representation of people of color in its programs. Together, Stardust Arts and the Wassaic Project are working to identify and strengthen recruitment pipelines, enabling a more diverse array of artists to access and participate in the Wassaic Project’s programming and resources.

Will Hutnick at the Wassaic Project

Art is a tool for change.

Stardust Arts is an integrated and integral part of the overall Stardust portfolio. We use art to shift perspectives and address social justice issues.

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