2019 Campaign






Not only has 2019 brought our 6th Annual Level Ground Festival, it’s also the year we're launching  a new and evolved Level Ground. We've spent the last year developing new programs and new collaborations and are about to launch a new brand identity and website! You can check it out soon at levelground.co

Why so many changes? Over the last 7 years, Level Ground has evolved into an award-winning, nonprofit arts cooperative creating experiments in empathy. In the last 2 years alone, our residency program has supported 7 artists with over $30,000 in direct project support. We’ve launched a production incubator that premiered a film at Tribeca, pitched a TV series to Kesha, and traveled to Whitwell, TN for a reporting project. 

Level Ground is supporting the creative livelihoods and wellbeing of almost 100 underrepresented artists through a new artist development series called The Collective, and a Creative Studio that is providing paid opportunities for artists to work on creative projects, while also earning Level Ground sustainable revenue. 

Dream Logic Gallery Show curated by Leslie Foster (photo by Rae Threat) 

Since we started in 2013, growing cultural and political divisions have exposed the need for the very thing Level Ground has been working for years to create – empathy and solidarity across human differences. We are so proud and excited to launch a new Level Ground that fully represents who we’ve become and where we’re headed next! 

Please make a tax-deductible donation of any amount and help us reach our $20,000 end-of-year goal today! Thank you!

Level Ground is...2019 Resident Artist Tristan Espinoza

  • At our best when we provoke both artists and audiences in ways that may initially cause discomfort but ultimately spark transformation.

  • Committed to working outside gatekeeper institutions to increase access and influence for underrepresented artists.

  • Enacting cultural equity as a shared and cooperative network of intersecting identities.

How does Level Ground experiment in empathy?

We Build Creative Collaborations 
Based on equitable access to resources, participation, and influence.

We Support Artistic Experimentation 
Protecting space to see differently and create what hasn’t been tried before (and might not even work). 

We Provoke Empathy
Being open to the discomfort of seeing things not from your point of view. 

We Foster Conversations
Especially between people who wouldn’t otherwise connect with each other.

We Cultivate Diverse Relationships
Because social progress happens when we’re actually friends with people who are different from us.

A fun fact >> The word empathy was invented in Germany around the 1870’s specifically to describe the reaction people have to art.

A fun stat >> 73% of people who attend Level Ground talk to at least one person they didn’t know when they walked in.

Other ways to give >>

Ruthintruth performing at the SELF–CENTER Gallery Show

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.  


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      Level Ground is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 46-2724477.