Webster's Guide

to the Cultural Landscape

List of Cultural Organizations


An Alphabetical Listing of Cultural Agencies and Groups

Last Updated on 26 May 1998

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Alliance for Community Media 666 11th Street NW, Suite 806, Washington, DC 20001-4542, (202) 393-2650 or fax (202) 393-2653
Established in 1976 as the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers, this national nonprofit supports community television projects, now branching into other media as well, with the aim of ensuring everyone's access to electronic media.

Alternate ROOTS (Regional Organization of Theatres South), Atlanta, GA
Using an e-mail list to support communications within the ROOTS network of alternative and community-based theaters and performing artists in the Southeast. To subscribe, send e-mail to Eric Jennings at
Volunteers are also maintaining a ROOTS Web site at

American Arts Alliance 805 15th Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005
The national advocacy organization representing "mainstream arts" interests, working in conjunction with a range of other national arts organizations. For information, see AAA's Web site at

American Council for the Arts (ACA) New York, NY
The ArtsUSA Web site offers materials on arts advocacy and arts education, ACA policy papers and publication at

American Public Television Stations (APTS) Washington, DC
Advocacy organization for public TV stations nationwide offers fact sheets, speeches, legislative alerts and other materials through APTS Web at

Americans United for Separation of Church and State 1816 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036 -- Phone 202-466-3234 -- fax 466-2587
National nonprofit established in 1947 to promote religious liberty and maintain separation of church and state offers a variety of information, a speakers's bureau, chapter news and events listings and more -- including an online archive of articles from its (EM>Church & State magazine -- through its Web site at
or send e-mail to

The Applied and Interactive Theater Guide
A Web site designed as a resource for "those who use theater techniques for other than (or for more than) arts or entertainment purposes, and ...whose theater styles incorporate other than traditional presentation styles" is maintained by SUNY student Joel Plotkin at
or send e-mail to

Art in the Public Interest (API) P.O. Box 68, Saxapahaw, NC 27340 -- Phone 910/376-8404 -- fax 376-3228
Nonprofit organization serving information needs of artists and organizations bringing the arts together with community and social concerns. For more information, as well as links to other such groups and resources, see API's Web site at
or send e-mail to
Due to a lack of philanthropic support, API ceased publishing the quarterly journal High Performance in 1997. For information on back issues and selected essays on the Web, see HP's home page:

Arts Wire New York and other cities
Information about this national computer networking project, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, is available at Arts Wire's home page:
or gopher://gopher.artswire.org:70/11/Artswire/awinfo
A wide spectrum of arts organizations and agencies have Web pages on Arts Wire. A listing with links appears at

Association for Cultural Economics International c/o Department of Economics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 USA -- phone 617/373-2839, fax 373-3640
Publisher of the quarterly Journal of Cultural Economics, more information on this international membership organization can be found at ACEI's Web site at
or send e-mail to

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) 6th Floor, 304 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013 -- phone 212/807-1400, fax 463-8519
National membership organization for over 5,000 U.S. independent-media producers. distributors and the like, AIVF publishes The Independent monthly, provides services and acts as a voice for the field. See AIVF's Web site at
or send e-mail to

Benton Foundation Washington, DC
Benton monitors and reports on telecommunications policy developments in Washington, with special concern for not-for-profit access and other public-interest uses, and also works with nonprofit organizations to gain an effective voice for social change and shape the emerging communications environment. Benton houses three programs: Strategic Communications, Children's programs, and the Communications Policy Project.
Benton's Communications Policy Project (which promotes public interest values and noncommercial services for the National Information Infrastructure) maintains a Web site comprising much of this material and referrals to other related resources at
For faster loading, use their text only option. If you have the time and/or a T-1 line, Benton also has a parallel site with more elaborate graphics and video.
Other means of accessing Benton's information resources:

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) Washington, DC
National organization which aims to develop and advocate public policies that advance constitutional civil liberties and democratic values in computer and communications technologies. For more information, visit their Web site at
or send e-mail to

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Washington, DC
Quasi-public corporation created by Congress to fund public broadcasting. Press releases, educational services, job listings in public broadcasting by state, audience research and other materials at CPB's Web site:

Cultural Environment Movement P.O. Box 31847, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Phone 215/387-5303
Organizing began in 1991 for this effort to build a coalition of organizations "working for freedom, fairness, diversity and democracy on the cultural front." Its founding convention was just held in March 1996 in St. Louis. For information see CEM's Web site at

Cultural Information & Research Centres Liaison in Europe (CIRCLE)
Network of research, information and documentation centers concerned with culture maintains its Web site at
The CIRCLE update page, which comprises listings of relevant upcoming events and contact links, can be found at
and Cultural Research in Europe (CRIE) summaries of cultural policy research in Europe can be found at

Culturelink Ul. Lj. F. Vukotinovica 2, P.O. Box 303, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia -- phone (+385 1) 45 54 522, fax (+385 1) 48 28 361
Culturelink, established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1989 as part of IRMO, describes itself as the network of networks for research and cooperation in cultural development. Membership comprises about 1,000 networks and member institutions from 97 countries in all parts of the world. For information see Culturelink's Web site at
or send e-mail to
More information about Culturelink cultural policy database can be found here in Webster's World. Or follow these links directly to the Cultural Development Database and the Cultural Policy Database.

CultureNet University of Calgary, Canada
This electronic information clearinghouse and publications service on Canadian cultural organizations (initiated by arts faculty at the University of Calgary, in cooperation with the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology) can be accessed at

Democracy Works -- a former project of the Institute for Alternative Journalism

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) formerly in Washington, DC, now in San Francisco
For information about this national advocacy organization, visit their Web site at
or send e-mail to

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC -- phone 202/298-0833
For information about this national advocacy organization, visit the EPIC Web site at
or send e-mail to

ERICArts -- The European Research Institute for Comparative Cultural Policy & the Arts, Am Hofgarten 17, D-53113 Bonn, Germany -- phone 49-228/242 0996
Independent European institute founded in 1993, working through members and co-operating partners to undertake comparative research in the arts, cultural policy, the media and cultural development. For more information, see the ERICArts Web site at
or send e-mail to

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 922 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212 -- phone 210/228-0201, fax 228-0000
The Esperanza Center's Web site, featuring updates on community efforts to restore city funds lost for political reasons, is can be found at

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) New York, NY
Media watchdog group documenting the conservative bias of mass media, publisher of EXTRA!, offers online information at FAIR's Web site:
including a usefully cross-referenced online index of FAIR articles and a national press list.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal regulatory agency for telecommunications publishes notices, the Daily Digest and downloadable materials at the FCC Web site:

The Foundation Center79 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003-3076 -- phone 212/620-4230 or fax 691-1828
The primary information and technical assistance organization for private philanthropies, comprising regional centers and cooperating collections. Information about Center publications and services, hotlinks to Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. centers, information about other Cooperating Collections as well as a guide to the Literature of the Nonprofit Sector Online -- see the Foundation Center Web site:
E-mail the Center at mfn@fdncenter.org.

Independent Television Services (ITVS) Suite 401, 51 Federal Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 -- Phone 415/356-8383 -- fax 415/356-8391
This national producer and supporter of independently-produced media for the public TV network, established as a Congressional mandate to the Corporation for Public Bradcasting, maintains a Web site at
The media-forum was founded by ITVS for discussing the future of public television and other media: to subscribe, send e-mail to media-forum-approval@actwin.com, explaining your interest in the group saying whether you want to receive the digest or non-digest version of the list.

Institute for Alternative Journalism San Francisco, CA
Nonprofit dedicated to strengthening and improving public access to independent and alternative journalism maintains a Web site focusing especially on media professionals and people engaged in combatting right-wing efforts to censor arts and media, restrict civil rights and influence government, reachable at
IAJ's second Congress on The Media and Democracy was held in New York in 1997. For proceedings, see IAJ's Congress Web page at

Institute for First Amendment Studies
Founded in 1984, IFAS is a non-profit educational and research organization focusing solely on the activities of the radical Religious Right. Institute for First Amendment Studies Web site at
IFAS maintains The Electronic Activist, an e-mail address directory of congresspeople, state governments, and media entities nationwide at

Institute for Global Communications (IGC Networks) San Francisco, CA
Nonprofit progressive computer networking project operating under the aegis of the Tides Foundation, IGC Networks -- comprising PeaceNet, EcoNet, LaborNet, WomensNet -- maintains a Web site including many links to progressive organizations and issue discussions at

INTERARTS INTERARTS Observatory, Rambla Catalunya 81, Pral., E-08008 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain -- phone 34 3/487 7022, fax 487 2644
Established in 1991, the "Observatory of Urban and Regional Cultural Policies" maintains a database on cultural policies and their application in 35 countries and 100 cities in Europe and undertakes other projects designed to improve education, information and networking among policymakers in Europe, the Mediterranean, and Latin America. You'll find the INTERARTS Web site at
but the last time we checked, there was no general information there in English. You can find online information on the EMPIRIC project (focusing on culturally-based employment development) on this page:
or send e-mail to

Left Curve P.O. Box 472, Oakland, CA 94604-0472
Left Curve is an artist-produced critical magazine which has established a Web site, which includes highlights from issue Number 18 onward, at
Left Curve "addresses the problem(s) of cultural forms emerging from the crises of modernity that strive to be independent from the control of dominant institutions and free from the shackles of instrumental rationality." See Csaba Polony's editorial essay for a more thoroughgoing treatment of this irregularly published journal's editorial focus. Subscriptions are $35 for 3 issues for institutions and $35 for individuals.

Library of Congress Washington, DC
Full texts of bills, the Congressional Record, and links to other federal services can be found via "Thomas" at

Music Council of Australia P.O. Box 1432, Neutral Bay NSW 2089, Australia -- phone 612 9969 2082, fax 9969 6562
The Music Council advocates policies for developing musical life in Australia, and provides services to the music sector. The Council publishes two periodicals: Music Forum, focusing on changes and policies for change in Australian musical life and its international context; and Music Alive, serving the national community music development network through the Council division called Community Music Australia. See the Music Council's Web site at
or send e-mail to

National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) 346 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone 415/431-1391 -- fax 431-1392
Nonprofit established in 1980 as a national alliance of media arts centers, NAMAC provides support the media arts field and represents over 200 member media arts organizations. The National Coalition of Multicultural Media Artists (NCMMA) operates as a special interest group of NAMAC, focusing on media artsists from historically excluded communities. For more information, write, call or send e-mail to
or visit their
Web site at

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Washington, DC
Nonprofit membership organization for the 56 state arts agencies of the United States and its territories, providing member agencies with information, resources and representation in Washington. For NASAA's Web site, go to

National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) 2nd Floor, 346 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
For more information on this national nonprofit's program to support independent Asian American media, contact them at: NAATA, Second Floor, 346 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone 415/863-0814, fax 415/863-7428. Regular memberships $30/year, students and seniors $15. Visit NAATA's Web site at
CrossCurrent Media (NAATA's distribution program) catalogue of over 180 film, video and audio titles by Asian Pacific American and Asian independent producers for the educational media market is available on the Web at

National Campaign for Freedom of Expression (NCFE)Washington, DC
National organization established to fight censorship in the arts and efforts to restrict freedom of expression. NCFE's quarterly Bulletin, legislative updates and press releases, and organizational information is available at NCFE's Web site: http://www.artswire.org/~ncfe

National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL) Washington, DC
For information about NCARL, send e-mail to

National Public Radio (NPR) Washington, DC, with local affiliates nationwide
Nonprofit programming service for national public radio. Program information, job openings in public broadcasting by state at NPR's Web site:

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) New York, NY
Nonprofit arts service organization provides grants and services to individual artists and their organizations in all artistic disciplines throughout New York State and in other parts of the United States, as described further at the NYFA Web site:

People For the American Way 2000 M Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
Established in 1980. Artsave project begun in 1991 to monitor and combat attacks on creative expression. Contact them at
or call 1-800-743-6768. They plan to have a Web site up and running soon.

The Pluralism Project 201 Vanserg Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
The Pluralism Project was developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to new immigrant religious communities. Since 1991, city and regional studies have included work on Denver, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, Stockton, San Francisco, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. In addition, papers have been written on various aspects of the religious traditions studied -- Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian. For more information, see the Pluralism Project Web site at
Or send e-mail to

Political Research Associates (PRA) Suite 300, 120 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143-4304
Nonprofit monitors the activities of antidemocratic, rightwing organizations, publishing The Public Eye quarterly and has published a great deal of information on the Internet. Visit PRA's Web site at

P.O.V./The American DocumentaryNew York, NY
Nonprofit producer of national PBS series of independently produced nonfiction film and video. The P.O.V. Interactive initiative provides online information and discussion opportunities relating to broadcast programs, as well as links to organizations involved with the issues they address. For information, go to

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone 703-739-5000 -- fax 739-0775. Local affiliates nationwide
Nonprofit programming service for national public TV. Public information and educational materials, as well as links to national PBS programs and local public TV stations at PBS's Web site:

Social Thought San Francisco, CA
Interview program with wide range of social theorists produced by Michael Phillips at Western Public Radio for distribution to radio stations and on cassette. Information at the producer's Web site:

Strategies for Media Literacy, Inc. P.O.Box 450910, San Francisco, CA 94146-0910 -- Telephone: 415-621-2911.
This San Francisco-based non-profit promoted media education in the United States through 1997. It has left information on the subject at a media-literacy information page which can be found at
A list of media-literacy organizations can be reached at

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientifc & Cultural Organization)7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France -- phone 33 1 45 68 10 00, fax 33 1 45 67 16 90
The primary international agency involved in worldwide cultural issues, established in 1945, maintains at the UNESCO Web site:

The Union of the Baltic Cities UBC Secretariat, Dlugi Targ 24, 80-828 Gdañsk, Poland -- phone/fax 48 58 301 76 37
The Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) is a network of 79 member cities from ten Baltic countries -- Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. UBC's Web site can be found at
UBC has eight active commissions, on business co-operation, communication, culture, environment, social affairs, sport, tourism and transportation. Information on the Commission on Culture can be found at
The UBC Catalogue of Cultural Institutions, including contact addresses and descriptions of over 650 municipal culture offices, art centers, museums, libraries, art schools and other culture institutions surrounding the Baltic, can be found at

WebActive Progressive Networks, Suite 701, 616 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 Phone (206) 447-0567 -- fax 223-8221
WebActive: What's New In Activism Online? is a project of Progressive Networks (who make audio-on-demand software for the Internet), producing a weekly Web publication for progressive activists. WebActive can be found at
Of special interest to progressive Websters is the WebActive Directory, located at

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