Our Work
Below is a selection of projects that represents a wide range of topics successfully developed through our unique, adaptable approach. From health to education to advocacy we bring expertise in social marketing to develop thoughtful, persuasive and motivating media that helps our clients make the leap between good ideas and change.
You can download selected project profiles with links back to this website, here.

Wretches & Jabberers
In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. Along the way, they reunite with old friends from the USA, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause.
Just add SPICE
Just add SPICE is a learning resource for parents of children 3-6 that uses proven parenting techniques to help children learn healthy habits around nutrition, physical activity and screen time. The resource contains video profiles of families using the program, intensive segments on each SPICE skill and a printable learning guide.
National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign
This bilingual Public Service Announcement campaign promotes HIV testing to a variety of audiences. PSAs were developed for community partners to use in their outreach efforts on TV, Radio and the Internet.
Men Get Depression Campaign
The groundbreaking national education outreach campaign, Men Get Depression, is funded by Foundations and the National Institute of Mental Health. The campaign's goal is to increase awareness of depression, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide. The Men Get Depression campaign includes a one hour television special, a Community Outreach DVD and booklet, and planned national and community outreach to provide resources and support.
Autism Is A World
Sue has autism. She was diagnosed and treated as mentally retarded until the age of 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard. This Academy Award® nominated documentary, co-produced with CNN Productions, takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her world and her obsessions. Autism Is a World explores Sue’s world, her writings, and the remarkable friendships she has created while in college.
President Kennedy Has Been Shot
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the shocking events that followed were first relayed to a stunned world by a handful of reporters. Through rarely heard vintage audiotapes, archival film footage, and the voices of journalists who were on the scene, this documentary chronicles four days – from the president’s assassination through the transfer of presidential power, the murder of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and the resulting funerals.
Deciphering Nature's Alphabet
Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Deciphering Nature's Alphabet celebrates major scientific achievements from the discovery of DNA to the mapping of the human genome. Through interviews with key players in genetics, each film explores a distinct historical period, its scientific breakthroughs, and how they set the stage for the next phase of discovery. This project is a compilation of five short films shot and mastered in high-definition.
Code Blue
This powerful campaign spreads a life-saving message - that as a nation, we must do more about the number-one cancer killer - lung cancer. Code Blue explores the devastating impact this disease has had on four families and they ways in which lung cancer deaths can be reduced. State of the Art provided campaign strategy and oversight, produced the HDTV broadcast documentary, Bites and B-Roll packages, developed the identity, and secured a broadcaster.
Graduating Peter
Graduating Peter is the sequel to the Academy Award®-winning film Educating Peter. Peter was the first child with severe disabilities to be included with regular students at his elementary school. When Peter entered middle school, we continued to film him at school, at home, and in his community, until he graduated from high school with a certificate of attendance. This is the story of one family’s struggle to build the best future for their son. Released on HBO.
Educating Peter
This HBO prime time documentary tells the story of Peter, a third grader with Down syndrome, as he experiences his first year of being included in a typical classroom. Both Peter and his classmates go through a difficult and rewarding process of adjustment as he becomes a regular third grader. In addition to its broadcast schedule, this program is available to education and community groups interested in exploring innovative approaches to integrating children with special needs into public schools. Educating Peter is the Academy Award® winner for Best Achievement Documentary Short Subject, 1992.
Prostate Cancer: Are You At Risk?
This national campaign raised awareness around prostate cancer risk and provided tailored, effective support for men recently diagnosed and their families. The campaign reached more than 80% of U.S. households. The American Cancer Society endorsed the campaign and provided free copies of campaign resources from their call center. This National Cancer Institute-funded initiative recieved the prestigious Small Business Association’s Tibbets Award.
The Pain of Depression
The Pain of Depression: A Journey through the Darkness is a one hour documentary that shares the experiences of real people who suffer the pain of depression and find recovery. Their compelling stories are filled with the physical and emotional challenges caused by this medical illness that affects over 20 million Americans each year.
Positively: Coping with HIV/AIDS Series
This award-winning series shares the intimate stories of adults, teens, and children who face HIV-related challenges everyday. Each story shows how support – whether from mental health professionals, community groups, spiritual/religious communities, friends, or family - has had a dramatic effect on quality of life.
Now is Our Time: Series
Women between forty and fifty five years of age face major health challenges including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Black women, in particular, have unique health risks and needs related to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Now is Our Time: Healthy Living for Women 40 to 55, and Healthy Living for Black Women 40 to 55, share the personal stories of women from different backgrounds who are turning health risks into health victories. The videos are hosted by Debbie Allen.
Well Into Your Future: Series
Well Into Your Future is a series of three hour-long programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health that addresses the challenges we experience in aging as well as common mental health issues that those over 65 encounter. The series shares the secrets of people who have maintained vitality and acuity in their later years and the coping skills of those who have survived mental and emotional difficulties and mental illnesses.
Physician Depression and Suicide
Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide

Every year, three to four hundred physicians take their own lives - the equivalent of two to three medical school classes. Struggling in Silence: Physician Depression and Suicide is a national awareness campaign that sheds light on this hidden and perplexing phenomenon.

Home Care
Hosted by Dana Reeve, wife and principal caregiver of Christopher Reeve, this series of videos and a resource notebook provide compassionate and concrete steps that families can take to better manage the care of their loved ones at home.
Lasker Foundation Awards
The Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards celebrate scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of many of the major diseases of our century. State of the Art, Inc. produced historical, in-depth interviews with each of the 2005 recipients including Nancy G. Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Civic Education Initiative
Funded by the Annenberg Foundation, this five part series is an educational resource that profiles the Annenberg Civic Education Initiative and its central teaching method, the Citizen Action Project. The programs profile real teachers and students as they embark on a new kind of civic education, giving students hands-on public policy experience and connection with real community issues.
Brain and Reading
The Brain and Reading professional development series for educators uses interviews with leading neuroscientists and reading experts to explain the latest neurological evidence for reading problems and how these discoveries can help to inform classroom practice. Classroom scenes in elementary, middle, and high schools illustrate strategies to promote reading fluency and comprehension. This program shows how strategies engage students’ cognitive processes before, during, and after reading and help students of all ages become skilled readers.
Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers
This eight-part teacher professional development workshop introduces constructivist teaching strategies to high school civics teachers nationwide. The workshop, which was developed for Annenberg/CPB in collaboration with the Center for Civic Education and the National Council on Social Studies, includes eight hour video programs, a facilitator's guide and an extensive resource web site.
Teaching the Adolescent Brain
The three part series - Teaching the Adolescent Brain - takes a close look at cutting edge revelations in neuroscience about the teenage brain. The series explains how changes in the adolescent brain affect behavior and cognition as well as informs educators on how they can embrace this process and structure their lessons to enhance student achievement.
Learn and Live
Funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, this one hour documentary hosted by Robin Williams showcases schools across America that are making education work for their students and communities. It includes interviews with Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Daniel Goleman, Harvard's Dr. Howard Gardner, and Columbia Teachers College's Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond as well as others involved in education and business.
My Future My Plan
My Future My Plan is a transition planning resource can be used to engage groups of students with disabilities, their families, and professionals in the transition planning process. It includes a video, video discussion guide, a planning and resource book for students, and a guide to the book for family members and teachers. My Future My Plan encourages students to take a lead role in planning the life they want after high school.
Managing Heart Disease: Series
Managing Heart Disease teaches men and women self-management skills that will help to slow the progression of their disease and reduce their risk of future cardiac events. Patients who received the video and print materials in the quantitative evaluation reported significant, positive behavior changes, increased knowledge about heart disease, increased communication with healthcare providers and improvements in seeking support from family and friends.
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