We collaborate with artists to inspire empathy and friendship across societal divisions.

LEVEL GROUND is a 501(c)3 multimedia arts and culture collective. We like to think of it as an immersive experiment in empathy. 


In a recent study, 50% of people reported being afraid of people they don’t know. While we’ve witnessed our nation turn this fear into bias, division, and violence, Level Ground is working to turn fear into empathy and friendship. We are bringing people back together by publishing stories, supporting artists, and producing public events that celebrate diverse identities and relationships.


What we do


We facilitate conversations and relationships that don't happen anywhere else by telling stories that resist easy answers.

How we do it

We publish stories, support artists, host events, and produce public programs that inspire friendships and transform relationships.

Why it matters

When we hear stories across our differences, we cultivate reconciliation and invest in less polarized, more diverse communities.

What we believe

We believe that art can inspire empathy for ourselves and others allowing us to relate to those who are different from us.

Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.
— Joyce Carol Oates