A3C AND CENTER FOR CIVIC INNOVATION ANNOUNCE 2016 A3C ACTION WINNERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ATLANTA, GA - October 12, 2016

This past weekend at A3C Festival & Conference, seven civic ventures from around the US took the stage for A3C Action, a pitch competition searching for the best ideas nationally using hip hop culture and art to address social justice challenges. Seven finalists were selected out of over 140 applications.

The Village of Arts and Humanities from Philadelphia won first place - and $7,500. They offer paid internships and a media-centered makerspace that positions youth as experts on issues impacting them while providing a platform to process and amplify their narratives, experiences, and voices.

Second place - and $2,500 - went to Shooting Without Bullets, a revolutionary youth advocacy and fine arts education program that focuses on identity development in black teens in Cleveland through photovoice, expressive arts healing, and open dialogue.

The winner of the Audience Choice Award went to Girls Make Beats, a Florida-based organization that teaches young girls music production, DJing, and audio engineering through an after school program at a state of the art recording studio.

"A3C Action Pitch Night was an absolute highlight this year.  The room was captivated by the seven A3C Action finalists. Their passion and commitment to social justice and community was contagious and everyone was inspired and lifted. It's very easy to be pessimistic about the future, but with folks like these fighting for their community it because clear there are brighter days ahead.  As one A3C Action finalist said, "I believe this room is the real silent majority.” says Mike Walbert, Executive Director of A3C Festival & Conference.

“A3C Action gives a unique spotlight to organizations that are grinding day in, day out in their communities. These are individuals that show us what the world could and should look like if we engaged creatives in addressing systemic social justice challenges.” says Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation.

(L to R): Mike Walbert, Executive Director of A3C Festival & Conference; 2016 A3C Action Winner Michael O'Bryan of The Village of Arts and Humanities; and Rohit Malhotra, Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation 

(L to R): Mike Walbert, Executive Director of A3C Festival & Conference; 2016 A3C Action Winner Michael O'Bryan of The Village of Arts and Humanities; and Rohit Malhotra, Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation 

Judges of the A3C Action pitch competition included Alissa Black of the Omidyar Network, James Cuthbert of Sprite, J Carter of One Musicfest, David Lee of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation, and Terrilyn Simmons of ChooseATL. ChooseATL, the Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, the Mayor’s Office for Film and Entertainment, and Mailchimp sponsored A3C Action 2016. Additionally, Mayor Patricia de Lille of Cape Town, South Africa was in attendance.

About A3C Festival & Conference

A3C Festival & Conference is the preeminent hip-hop event in the US, commonly referred to as “hip-hop’s family reunion.” A3C strives to empower, engage, and energize the community that shape and define hip-hop culture. The A3C Conference remains an unparalleled opportunity to connect and learn from hip-hop influencers, artists, organizations, and industry experts.

About Center For Civic Innovation

The Center for Civic Innovation is a community-driven research and development lab for local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. Our mission is to push Atlanta to be a smart, equitable, and engaged city by investing in community-driven ideas, supporting social enterprises, and engaging people in dialogue and action. For more information, please visit www.civicatlanta.org.

# # #

PRESS CONTACTS

Tresa Sanders, tresa@tre-media.net, A3C Festival & Conference

Rachel Stanley, rachel@civicatlanta.org, Membership & Communications Manager, Center for Civic Innovation