People wouldn’t be trying to shut artists down all over the world if there wasn’t value. Which is interesting because we’re like the cockroaches of the world. Because we’re telling the truth.
— Negin Farsad, comedian and filmmaker

HATCH Community 

Featured Projects from the HATCH Community

Above All Else

Above All Else is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Through their journeys, the film tells the story of how the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline has affected the larger fight against climate change. The film’s characters risk financial ruin, their personal safety, and their relationships with the people they hold most dear. Their stories become both an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America.

Conspire Theatre

Conspire Theatre creates theatre with women in Travis County during and post-incarceration. It encompasses two programs: Rehearsing Possibilities, ongoing theatre/creative writing classes with currently incarcerated women, and Performing Possibilities, an ensemble theatre company comprised of women who have experienced incarceration.

Pen 2 Paper

Pen 2 Paper is a creative writing contest coordinated by the Coalition of Texans With Disabilities, focusing on disability writing and authors with disabilities.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four is a documentary about the high-profile criminal case of four Latina lesbians indicted for the alleged gang rape of two little girls. The film explores how homophobia, “junk science,” and the 'Satanic ritual abuse panic of the late-80s and early-90s created a frenzy to indict these four young innocent women.

More Resources for Art & Social Change

Animating Democracy

Animating Democracy inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. As a program of Americans for the Arts, they bring national visibility to arts for change work, build knowledge about quality practice, and create useful resources.

Art at Work

Art at Work is a national initiative to give municipal governments the powerful resource that comes from direct creative engagement. We begin by interviewing key stakeholders to identify critical challenges. We then design a strategic arts project to address that issue, engaging the city workers, elected officials and union members that are connected to the issue. The process of making art — poetry, collages, photographs, or music — dramatically increases participants’ ability to actively engage, function as a team, envision a positive outcome, remember their connections and be willing to take inspired risks that lead to innovative solutions.

Arts and Democracy

Arts & Democracy builds the momentum of a growing movement that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. They support cultural organizing and cross-sector collaborations, raise the visibility of transformative work, cross-pollinate cultural practitioners with activists, organizers, and policymakers, and create spaces for reflection.


ArtsFwd is part of a new initiative by EmcArts to create a place for arts leaders to share learning about innovation strategies for arts and culture organizations.

Center for Performance and Civic Practice

The Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) is a field-building resource that aims to make visible the power of the arts to demonstrably increase civic capacity.  CPCP collaborates with artists and community/municipal organizations to develop best practice frameworks for innovative engagement and cross-sector partnership activity with a focus on field-to-field translation, collaboration and co-design skills. 

Design Studio for Social Intervention

The Design Studio for Social Intervention is an artistic research and development outfit for the improvement of civil society and everyday life. The organization is situated at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice and civic / popular engagement. We design and test social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies and ways of life.


HowlRound designs and develops online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote access, participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices to illuminate the breadth, diversity, and impact of a commons-based approach to theater practice.

Sojourn Theatre

Sojourn Theatre is a Portland, Oregon-based ensemble of nine artists investigating the relationship between artist, audience, site, and place. Innovative, physical, site-specific, media-rich, interactive, community-engaged “civic theatre.”