Mission & Values

MISSION

Art2Action creates, develops, produces and presents original theatre, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts and progressive cultural organizing.  We support women artists, artists of color, queer or trans* artists, and creative allies.

CORE VALUES

We believe in the possibilities of queerness as a productive frame for our work, and the necessity of the “both/and.”  We are dedicated to these values, and hold them to be of equal importance:

  • Cultural Equity & Aesthetic Innovation
  • Artistic Quality & Community Value
  • Performativity & Impact 

STRUCTURE & PROCESS

Whether developing new work, collaborating with community partners, touring, or acting as a presenter, community-based process and meaningful engagement with diverse constituencies is central to all of our residencies, productions and creative projects.  As a mission-driven, artist-led organization, we are intentionally designed to increase capacity, extend reach and increase our impact through multi-year partnerships with local partners, national networks, organizers and activists.

The Art2Action Collective includes interdisciplinary artists committed to working together consistently, in various configurations, on multiple projects over time, to develop a distinctive body of artistic work and practices.  We are majority women artists, artists of color, queer or trans-identified artists, and creative allies, including the 5 core/founding members of Art2Action Inc., and 5-7 associate artists that work as consistent collaborators on Art2Action projects.

Art2Action, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New York, and the State of Florida.  As a presenter, we work closely with our Florida partners, such as the University of South Florida, as well as community organizations and local businesses, such as Sacred Grounds Coffee House.  Presenting venues range in size, from 50-500 seats, with varying degrees of technical capacity; identifying the appropriate partners for each residency is key to our process.

HISTORY & BOARD LEADERSHIP

Andrea Assaf is the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc.

“Art2Action” was first envisioned in 2001, by theatre artist Andrea Assaf, when she began creating original work under that name: “Globalicities” was the first production, at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2003.  The organization, Art2Action Inc., was formally incorporated in July 2010, with Founding Board & A2A Collective members: Dora Arreola, Andrea Assaf, Krystal Banzon, Meena Natarajan, and Jo Novelli.  Art2Action attained 501(c)3 not-for-profit status in 2011, retroactive to the date of incorporation.

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2015-16 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair:  Irna Landrum

Chair Elect:  Sage Crump

Treasurer:  Meena Natarajan

Scribe:  Dora Arreola

At Large:  Andrea Assaf

Ex-officio: Krystal Banzon, Jo Novelli