Founded in 1966, Kartemquin is a Chicago-based collaborative community that empowers independent documentary makers who create stories for a more engaged just society. Works focus on people most directly affected by social and political change but who the media often overlooks or misrepresents. Kartemquin's films open up dialogues within communities and between the general public and policymakers. Civic engagement strategies for their documentaries foster understanding, revise thinking, and build support for social change. A nationally recognized media arts organization, Kartemquin bridges communities and the media, fostering the growth of emerging voices passionate about social issues and media policy. Kartemquin's films have received four Academy Award® nominations, and won six Emmys® and three Peabody Awards. In 2019, Kartemquin was recognized with an Institutional Peabody Award for its commitment to social justice documentary. A leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists through its filmmaker development programs.