About Studio REV-
Mission & ValuesA non-profit art organization, Studio REV- (as in, to "rev" an engine) combines bold ideas and sound research to produce creative media that impacts the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and women. We create opportunities and meet the information needs of specific communities by involving them in codesigning tools that communicate complex issues. Working closely with our clients, we strive to spark the public imagination by creating digital experiences, apps, workshops, toolkits, and on-the-ground organizing.
Clients & Commissions
The American Museum of Natural History, The National Domestic Workers Alliance, Walker Art Center, Urban Justice Center, Mozilla Foundation, Studio Museum of Harlem, Peréz Art Museum Miami, New York Hall of Science, Retail Action Project, and more.
Key ProjectsKey projects include El Bibliobandido, a literacy initiative created in a region of Honduras with an 80% illiteracy rate that involves a story-eating bandit who terrorizes little kids until they offer him stories they've written; Video Slink Uganda, a project involving burning experimental videos by contemporary African/African-American artists onto pirated DVDs and circulated through Uganda's black market cinema; a public art nanny hotline that informs New York's 200,000 domestic workers about their rights; the NannyVan, a bright orange mobile design studio and sound lab that "accelerates the movement for domestic workers' rights nationwide"; 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, Northeastern University School of Law, 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.