About Studio REV-
Mission & ValuesA non-profit art organization, Studio REV- (as in, to "rev" an engine) produces creative media and public art with and for low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Our works strives to:
→ Promote bold, cultural vibrance and/or advance an agenda of socioeconomic equity.
→ Respond to the needs of a well-defined constituency.
→ Communicate complex issues through both playfulness and aesthetic, conceptual rigor.
→ Build adaptable, replicable frameworks so that initiatives can continue to self-generate
→ Provide opportunities for education, creativity, and movement building to take place through projects' duration.
Clients, Partners, Commissions
The American Museum of Natural History, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs in the City of New York, The National Domestic Workers Alliance, Walker Art Center, Urban Justice Center, Mozilla Foundation, Peréz Art Museum Miami, New York Hall of Science, Retail Action Project, and more.
Key ProjectsKey projects include El Bibliobandido (a masked, story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids to offer him stories they’ve written), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into Uganda’s bootleg cinemas), Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers), an app for domestic workers that CNN named as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” CareForce One Travelogues, a Sundance-supported docuseries for PBS/ITVS co-produced with Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Yael Melamede (SALTY Features), and publications that trammel the boundary between the printed word and public sphere.
Recognized for our unique perspective, our work has been featured at venues such as The White House, Tribeca Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art, and grassroots venues nationwide; in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Art Forum, The Los Angeles Times; and universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and more.
Studio REV- opened its doors as a San Francisco storefront called "Pond: art, activism, and ideas," producing over 150 international thought-provoking exhibitions, events, public art projects, and publications, including an ecojustice audio tour of California's Interstate 5 led by artist Amy Balkin; 'ShopDropping,' an exhibition of reverse shoplifting; and 'Byproduct,' a book about artists embedded in science, government, and electoral politics.
In 2010, Studio REV- began collaborating with People's Production House (PPH), a ground-breaking media arts institute that has trained over 1000 teens from underrepresented high schools, communities living in FEMA trailers in post-Katrina New Orleans, women reporters and anti-corruption watchdogs in Liberia, and Haitians living through the overthrow of their democratically-elected president Jean-Bertrande Aristide. To continue leveraging each groups' strengths and leadership, in 2012 PPH became integrated into REV- with the joint goal of advancing an agenda of art and social justice.
- Foundations & Individual Donors
Foundations & Individual Donors
Foundations have included The New York Community Trust, Bowne Foundation, The Funding Exchange, Mozilla Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Franklin Furnace, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Media Democracy Fund, ADCO Foundation, American Center Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Open Society Foundation, North Star Fund, Cricket Island Foundation, New York Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Union Square Awards, Surdna Foundation, Johnson Family Foundation, Instructional Telecommunications Fund, Seed Fund, Trust for Mutual Understanding, San Francisco Foundation.
List of individual donors coming soon!
Peréz Art Museum Miami, Walker Art Center, Studio Museum of Harlem, Arizona State University Art Museum, and more.
Institutional parnters have included PBS Newshour, Radio Bilingue, Cooper Union, New York City Public School District, Storycode, MIT Open Doc Lab, MIT Center for Civic Media, Terravoz, Mozilla Hive Learning Network, NuLawLab at the Northeastern University School of Law.
Grassroots constituency-based partners have included Community Voices Heard (CVH), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), African Refuge Staten Island, Adhikaar for Human Rights, Street Vendor Project, Make the Road NY, Picture the Homeless, Domestic Workers United, Families for Freedom, Good Old Lower East Side, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Nah We Yone, Teachers Unite, Transit Workers Union Local 100, and more.