The 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference, in partnership with Atlanta’s Center for Civic Innovation, is pleased to announce five (5) finalists for the second annual A3C Action initiative where organizations across the country submit ideas that use art, music, and/or hip hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement. A3C Action received 140 applications from 25 states in the third year of the program. Finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on October 6, 2017, competing for more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. The Center for Civic Innovation provides two (2) days of intensive business training, mentor sessions, and pitch preparation to finalists.

A3C Action amplifies creative projects that address systemic social justice challenges and increase opportunities for civic engagement to increase diverse audiences of creatives at the public problem-solving table.

The 2017 A3C Action finalists are:

•  Make Music Count (Atlanta, GA) increases elementary and secondary students' mathematical skill development through piano playing and reducing their math anxiety. By incorporating music into each lesson, students become engaged through music while simultaneously learning mathematical concepts. 

•  Girls Cut Films Too (Atlanta, GA) is an initiative to train and equip teen girls with the skills needed to be competitive in the film production industry. The goal of the program is to give girls a realistic dream of fulfilling a career in an industry that has been underrepresented by females in the past. 

•  Real Life Poets (Birmingham, AL) mentors young adults, encouraging good communication and oratorical skills using spoken word poetry and the arts. 

•  Breaking The Chains (New York City, NY) an initiative at Rikers Island jail that aims to allow youth within four facilities at Rikers to write around specific themes and be featured in monthly performances during their incarceration. 

•  Media Rhythm Institute (Baltimore, MD) is encouraging and promoting entrepreneurial thinking and empowering youth to expand their knowledge of the media industry through research and hands-on documentary projects. 

“As A3C grows we feel a strong responsibility to give back to our community. We tried numerous partnerships and initiatives over the years and for the first time we have a partner that helps us achieve what we imagined. In 2015, we partnered with the Center for Civic Innovation to make A3C Action a priority. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from our community and by the number and quality of applications from across the country, and are enthusiastic about the program’s future. We are honored to work with these amazing organizations, and we can’t wait to see them pitch and to support their efforts,” Mike Walbert, Executive Director of A3C Festival and Conference.

“The story of Atlanta is built on a narrative of creatives playing a vital role in moving the needle on social justice challenges that the city faces,” said Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Civic Innovation. “A3C Action aims to build on this narrative by supporting incredible people in our own city and around the country. The individuals that we work with through A3C Action are already doing the work on the ground. Our job is to help them tell their story better to the rest of the world.”

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 has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year bringing together artists, creatives and entrepreneurs in the music industry to connect, learn and create. A3C is a platform to discover the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop.. 

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


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