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2019 Action Accelerator Pitch Night

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A3C Action is a charitable initiative of the A3C Festival & Conference and the Center for Civic Innovation

About this Event

The Center for Civic Innovation launched a partnership with the A3C Festival & Conference to invest in powerful initiatives that use art, music, and culture as a vehicle for addressing social justice issues.

The A3C Action Accelerator is a national competition looking to find, develop, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture to advance social justice in underserved communities.

Now, we are excited to announce five awesome groups who will be pitching their ideas this October 11th at the Gathering Spot. You're invited to come see them!

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2019 Action Accelerator Finalists

Daiyon Kpou of Moves Philly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MOVES Gallery is a multi-use community space that expands access to the arts for Black and Brown LGBTQ people. MOVES Gallery challenges the dominating cisheteronormativity that dominates Philadelphia's creative spaces, but designating a space in which community members can create, practice, and exhibit art, according to their own subjectivity - without being subject to oppressive social norms.

Chanell Ketchmore of Ketchmore Kids Charlotte, North Carolina & Newport News, Virginia

Ketchmore Kids is a non-profit organization that uses hip-hop music, culture, and other artistic elements, to help provide hope, healing, and peace of mind to youth and families by offering therapeutic, supportive alternatives for youth suffering with emotional and mental health needs, evidenced-based parenting services, and youth workshops to help enhance social skills.

Brittany Young of B360 | Baltimore, Maryland

B-360 utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. Through a STEM education program, community engagement, workforce pipe-lining and events , we equip disconnected youth and adults with the skills to secure educational and career opportunities in STEM fields, while changing perceptions of dirt bike riders and engineers.

Rovion Reed of Kinetic Vibez | Houston, Texas

Kinetic Vibez is an artistic wellness movement that supports the holistic development of children through the teaching of mindfulness, yoga, and hip-hop music production. Our integrated curriculum of hip-hop music production and yoga helps children learn mindfulness in a fun and creative way. Through afterschool programs, community pop-up events, and professional development workshops, Kinetic Vibez teaches students and teachers the skills needed to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety creatively.

Khalif Guiden of Royal City Collaboration | Charlotte, North Carolina

The Royal City Collaboration partners to develop creative/interactive programs and events that teach our Youth professional skills through artistic mediums. We specialize in developing a curriculum that connects life skills, professional best practices and methods of expression through music and eventually design, art, and technology.