On May 17th, the Center for Civic Innovation and A3C Festival and Conference hosted a launch party for A3CAction, a national initiative to find and support innovative ideas using art and hip-hop culture to advance social justice and civic engagement in underserved communities.
The evening was met with individuals representing a wide range of organizations and industries, including last year’s A3CAction winner, Malika Whitley, the Founder and CEO of ChopArt. Since its founding in Atlanta in 2010 as a nonprofit empowering teenagers experiencing homelessness through creative expression, ChopArt has expanded its programs into Hyderabad, India and Cape Town, South Africa. After winning A3CAction in 2015, ChopArt is now able to provide an arts summer camp experience to 18 young people.
A3CAction’s launch proved to be a celebration of Atlanta’s ongoing commitment to art, expression, and justice; however, it also served as a reminder that Atlanta still has a long way to go in terms of fully supporting its communities and individuals who rely on creative expression to convey their personal stories and Atlanta’s rich history as a city shaped on the grounds of social justice.
To this end, five finalists who are activating their own communities through hip hop culture will be flown to Atlanta in October 2016 during the A3C Hip Hop Festival and Conference to go through a business development and pitch bootcamp, followed by an opportunity to pitch their idea to a national audience.