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Viva Voce

February 2016     News from Social Impact Studios

As a mission-driven organization, we strive to do just one thing: promote important social issues. As a social enterprise, we set out to achieve that mission in a way that fills real needs and provides long-lasting value for people who share our passion for good causes. And as designers, we are always looking for ways to make our work better and relevant to the needs of the times.
 
But what are those needs now, really? Where can we be most helpful by providing a much-needed creative element that is valuable enough to warrant the commitment of precious resources of time and money? Every year I ask myself this question. But this year seems an especially important time to explore the options. Yes, we have a major milestone in our 20th Anniversary, but these times demand a re-evaluation of priorities, communication and clarity of purpose to be successful at our goals.
 
I hope you’ll help me in this exploration by taking the short Social Impact 2.0 Survey. It’s an exciting time because it feels a bit like starting over. Now is the time to refine what we do best and offer what is needed the most to our colleagues who make the world a better place every day. Please let us know what you think!

Ennis Carter, Director

Featured Projects

Prosperity & Opportunity

with Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub

Promoting Launch

We were honored to be part of the team to help promote the opening of this exciting new venture by Mt. Airy USA and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Read the story.

Culture

with GlassRoots

Artifacts Matter

GlassRoots taps into the fascination and thrill of glassmaking to transform young lives in Newark, NJ. Now they have a new stunning brochure to tell their beautiful story!

Message design by Jesse Bacon / Visual Design by core alumni and Field Teamer Alex Peltz.

Well Being

with Philadelphia Young Playwrights & Interact Theatre

Young Voices Monologue Festival

Check out this year's free festival featuring 18 winning monologues from high school students across the region. See schedule.

Justice & Fairness

with Camden Rep

Public Image Works

This year we're working with Camden Rep to help with everything from Action Planning, to Identity to getting their compelling story OUT! You can still catch their production of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.
(Be our Guest on Fri)

Friday February 26, 2016 7:30pm
Saturday February 27, 2016 7:30pm
Only $10!!
278 Kaighn Avenue Camden, NJ 08103

Posters for the People News

NEW to the Archive!

In honor of Black History Month, we are excited to announce a new find for the Posters for the People archive!

Read about this new gem that is housed at the University of Washington Library and the controversial story about the Federal Theatre Project production here.

Image: University of Washington Library, Special Collections Division, Florence Bean James Papers, (accession #2117-001) box 6, folder 11
Courtesy of the University of Washington Library, Special Collections Division, Florence Bean James Papers, (accession # 2117-001) box 6, folder 11 - See more at: http://www.postersforthepeople.com/#sthash.b8Wugdjp.dpuf
 
In honor of Black History Month, we present this gem that we've never seen before! And the controversial story about the production - See more at: http://www.postersforthepeople.com/field-update#sthash.0hgoQsnK.dpuf
In honor of Black History Month, we present this gem that we've never seen before! And the controversial story about the production - See more at: http://www.postersforthepeople.com/field-update#sthash.0hgoQsnK.dpuf

People Spotlight: 20 Years of Social Impact

Take a look at some "Throwback Thursday" features this month
c. 2005 (l to r) Ann Koivunen Peltz, Cara Cox, Ben Wyskida, Carline Thomas Spangler, Ennis Carter, Melinda Essig, Peter Javian, Alex Peltz

Staff & Field Team (and kids!) 2006

Nyo teaches us how to Lindy Hop at the Posters for the People Launch Gala 2008
Viva voce is a Latin phrase literally meaning "the living voice," but most often translated as "by word of mouth."
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