Three-Way Tour, the beginning of the American Festival Project, was performed by A Traveling Jewish Theater, Junebug Productions, and Roadside Theater in San Francisco, California; Anniston, Alabama; and Whitesburg, Kentucky. The three companies conducted residency activities together and performed from their repertoires. (1983-1987)

Cornell American Festival Project was a partnership among ten AFP companies, Cornell’s Department of Theatre Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, and 52 cosponsoring organizations, including other Cornell departments and programs, Ithaca artists, schools and community organizations, and regional cosponsors in Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester, Canton, and the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. (1989) 

Encuentro/Coming Together was a collaboration between Roadside/Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas. The two organizations coproduced festivals in central Appalachia and San Antonio as an exchange of Appalachian and Chicano cultures and concerns. (1991)

Urban Cultures Festival in Philadelphia joined a city-wide network of community-based cultural and activist organizations with local artists and AFP artists. It was sponsored by Painted Bride Art Center in cooperation with Frankfordstyle Group Ministry, the Jaasu Ballet at Village of Arts and Humanities, Meredith School, and the Taller Puertorriqueno. (1991)

Mississippi American Festival Project was a statewide network of community-based organizations, rural arts centers, and colleges working with artists to create artworks based on stories of local history, culture and lore, and, in particular, stories of the struggles for social, economic, and political justice and empowerment. (1991-1992)

Dartmouth American Festival Project joined students, faculty, and staff with AFP to drive their institution of higher learning forward in its search for tolerance and respect for diversity. (1992)

Cross Poly Nation/Trans Poli Nación of San Diego took place on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border with a cultural dialogue about strengthening the community through coalition building. Led by the Centro Cultural de la Raza, the festival involved over 40 partners. (1993)

Montana American Festival Project Through its honoring of Montana’s diverse cultures, this three-year statewide storytelling project encouraged cultural self-determination and dialogue among communities. Farmers and ranchers, environmentalists, students, gay men and lesbians, among others were involved in story circles and performances that focused on pride of place and pride of identity. (1993-1995)

Miami X Change was a three-year Miami festival that sought to promote understanding and mutual respect between Miami’s African-American and Haitian-American communities. Artists, educators, and civic organizations from both of these communities joined with the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade Community College, the AFP, and international artists to explore their cultural differences and similarities. (1994-1997)

Environmental Justice Festival was a multi-year community development project, led by Junebug Productions that teamed up resident and touring artists with New Orleans-area activist groups to explore environmental racism and environmental justice issues. Community partners included the Gulf Coast Tenants Association, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, New Orleans Youth Action Corp., Christian Unity Baptist Church, and Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company. (1993-1998)

Untold Stories Festival/Celebrating Campus and Community was a collaboration between Arizona State University’s Public Events, five AFP companies, ASU classified staff (secretaries, grounds keepers, cleaning crews, maintenance engineers), ASU Campus Police, Metropolitan Boys & Girls Club, Phoenix Theater’s Cookie Company, Idiwanan An Chawe, Zarco Guerrero, and the Gila River Reservation. Multiple community performances were created and performed by community collaborators in their communities and at ASU. (1997-1999) 

Campus Diversity Cultural Resource Initiative was an AFP, Ford Foundation, Western States Commission on Higher Education, and Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative to identify ways that campuses could use cultural resources to address diversity issues. The CDCRI functioned as a laboratory involving eight campuses in a variety of approaches aimed at mobilizing cultural resources.

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