Building a Network of Social Impact

Founded in 2013 and incorporated in 2015, we are an artist-driven organization that seeks to create cultural change in all layers of our healthcare system.

Through our unique and flexible artistic programs there are many ways we can develop a fruitful partnership between private foundations, hospitals, school systems and corporate partners to serve the chronic illness ecosystem: patients, families and caregivers, healthcare providers, and our healthcare system as a whole.

We do NOT accept pharmaceutical funding.

Our Partners

Foundation Support
  • Lawrence W. Levine Foundation

  • We are greatly to both organizations for providing funding support for the development of our two leading programs: The Overneath! and The Invisible Elephant Project.

    In 2015, Novo Nordisk provided $25,000 to support development of The Overneath! and in 2017 they sponsored two presentations of The Invisible Elephant Project for $15,000.00. We are grateful for their support of arts-for-social change programming.

    Starting in 2018, we no longer accept nor pursue bio-pharmaceutical sponsorship or funding.

  • Ullendorff Memorial Foundation

Member Organization - U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
  • The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.

    To create a just and welcoming world, we need social imagination to envision and enact change. Yet as a society, we’ve failed to prioritize the programs and policies that cultivate creativity, empathy, and collaboration.

    Social institutions seldom allow us to show up as whole, creative humans. Too often, we’re asked to accept stories that depict us only as consumers and workers rather than creators and communicators. Together, we can rewrite these stories.

    We affirm the right to culture and pursue cultural democracy that

    -welcomes each individual as a whole person

    -values each community’s heritage, contributions, and aspirations

    -promotes caring, reciprocity, and open communication across all lines of difference

    -dismantles all barriers to love and justice

    USDAC values

    -infuses social justice organizing with creativity and social imagination

    Art and culture can build  empathy, create a sense of belonging, and activate the social imagination and civic agency needed to make real change. When we feel seen, when we know that our stories and imaginations matter, we are more likely to bring our full creative selves to the work of social change.

Member Organization - Everyday Ambassador
  • Everyday Ambassador is a global consulting firm that provides leadership development resources to schools and companies involved in volunteering, travel, and study abroad.

    THE BETES is an Everyday Ambassador Partner Organization– a platform for promoting the “gold standard” of global citizenship: organizations that engage participants in responsible social impact work. EA partners with travel, volunteer, and social impact organizations to provide clients and readers with opportunities, resources, and best practices for positive social change.

Mission - Aligned Partner Organizations [Theater]
  • Bond Street Theatre for Social Justice

  • Bond Street Theatre for Social Justice  initiates theatre-based projects for education, conflict resolution, and healing in areas of conflict and poverty globally.  

    Worldwide, theatre is recognized as an effective means to disseminate practical information about issues such as health and civic rights. Theatre-based training improves learning abilities, develops leadership and communication skills, boosts self-confidence, fosters teamwork, stimulates creative thinking and problem solving, and encourages self-expression. Theatre gives voice to the voiceless and provides them with a safe environment and the creative tools to address critical problems that can directly improve their community.”

    THE BETES’ work launched in the Bond Street Studios in NYC on March 14, 2014.

  • Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together

  • Through the use of creative theater-driven community engaged practices, COAAST strives to create an ongoing dialogue about addiction and recovery.

    Projects aim to educate about addiction as a chronic disease, decrease stigmatization through community building, and strive to create holistic recovery through socially oriented approaches.

  • We Are Diabetes

  • We Are Diabetes is an organization primarily devoted to promoting support and awareness for type 1 diabetics who suffer from eating disorders. We are dedicated to providing guidance, hope and resources to those who may be struggling, as well as to their families and loved ones.

  • DiaTribe Foundation

  • The diaTribe Foundation was founded with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes, prediabetes and obesity, and to advocate for action.

    The diaTribe Foundation is committed to helping people with diabetes live happier, healthier, and more hopeful lives through its free, online publication: diaTribeThe Foundation also aims to influence the national conversation, bringing the patient point of view to the FDA and to other policy makers, improving diabetes literacy in the media, and convening the world’s brightest minds to develop innovative solutions.

  • College Diabetes Network

  • The College Diabetes Network mission is to provide innovative peer based programs which connect and empower students and young professionals to thrive with diabetes.

    College life with diabetes can get complicated and overwhelming! CDN is a resource whose sole focus is to help students as they navigate through the wonderful chaos of college. We aren’t just reiterating “doctors office advice”, we connect you with your peers so that you can share real experiences and find what works best for you.

  • DiabetesDaily

  • Diabetes Daily believes that everyone with diabetes can live healthy, happy, and hopeful lives. Every day, we help connect people with diabetes, empower them to manage their condition successfully, and advocate for their interests. We feature news, educational programs, one of the largest diabetes forums, and an extensive collection of original recipes.