NBCUniversal Partners with UAP to Combat Institutional Injustice and Inequality


Urban Arts Partnership is proud to be one of ten nonprofit organizations selected by

NBCUniversal to be beneficiaries of Comcast’s multi-year $100 million pledge to“combat structural inequity and support education and training, particularly in the media industry, for the undeserved.”


In announcing this initiative, NBCU executive vice president of corporate communications and social impact Hilary Smith said, “We are excited to partner with these nonprofits who share our commitment to promoting equity in the arts and media, as well as our goal to effect real, sustainable change."

In addition to receiving a grant from NBCUniversal, UAP will partner with the company’s volunteering and social impact program, Comcast NBCUnites, to train NBCU employees to be mentors for students enrolled in UAP’s School of Interactive Arts (SIA) program. SIA unlocks the potential of low-income students through studying interactive arts and helps them take their place in creative technology fields. By equipping students with digital tools to tell compelling and culturally responsive stories, SIA empowers young creatives to learn new media and tech skills that set them up for future success.

We are grateful for the meaningful support from NBCUniversal and are looking forward to creating more opportunities for our students to see themselves in the future of arts and media,” said UAP CEO Philip Courtney.

UAP is deeply appreciative to NBCUniversal for their support of its students and its investment in the diverse communities which they call home.

About NBCUniversal: As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain, and empower, NBCUniversal is committed to bringing together diverse communities and inspiring its customers, audiences, and employees to make a positive impact.

About Urban Arts Partnership: UAP believes integrating the arts in every classroom disrupts the status quo in public schools, engages students and boosts academic outcomes. Because a quality education shouldn’t depend on a child’s zip code.