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 using hip hop culture and art to address social justice challenges. The seven competing ventures were selected out of over 140 applications from across the country.
The Village of Arts and Humanities out of 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.
Judges of the A3C Action pitch competition included Alissa Black of the Omidyar Network, James Cuthbert of Sprite, J Carter of One Music Fest, 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 Capetown, South Africa was in attendance.