A3C Action Pitch Competition Evolves into the Action Summit

Mike Walbert
Posted by Mike Walbert on Mar 1

Activists, Academics and Artists connecting to address social justice challenges, learn from community leaders and develop actionable initiatives.

Action Summit invites activists, academics and artists to connect, discuss and address social justice challenges.  The 2-day summit will host a series of panels, workshops, meetups and sessions culminating in the 3rd annual A3C Action Pitch Competition.

Action Summit Asks: How can art, music and hip-hop culture be used to advance social justice and civic engagement?

The Auburn Avenue Research Library is adjacent from A3C’s Conference Center in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Historic District. It is the first library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history.

The Action Pitch Competition is a national competition to find, support, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement. A3C Action invites organizations from around the country to submit ideas.

5-7 finalists are brought to Atlanta and provided with intensive training and mentorship prior to pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges.  Winners receive cash and in-kind prizes to help grow their initiatives.

A3C Action Pitch Competition is a partnership with Center for Civic Innovations

In 2016 7 finalists from across the country - Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Philadelphia and more - came to Atlanta and pitched their projects.  The winner was The Village of Arts and Humanities, and second place was Shooting Without Bullets.  The viewer choice award went to Girls Make Beats.

Big thanks to our sponsors Mailchimp, the City of Atlanta and ChooseATL!

The 2016 A3C Action finalists:

•  Armed Services Arts Partnership - ASAP (Arlington, VA) empowers veterans and their communities with purpose and healing to have a voice in their communities through a stand-up comedy boot camp.

•  Creative Core (Washington, DC) offers a fellowship program for youth who are in school, have dropped out, or are court-involved to prepare and place them as support staff in creative businesses with a focus in the arts, music, and hip-hop industries.

•  Girls Make Beats (Miami Lakes, FL) teaches young girls music production, DJing, and audio engineering through an after school program at a state of the art recording studio. They mentor and nurture girls to have their voice heard, and create future career opportunities for participants.

•  Notes for Notes (Atlanta, GA) equips, staffs, and runs free recording studios, providing music education and mentorship for youth for 160 members in a censor-free environment.

•  re:Imagine/ATL (Atlanta, GA) is equipping media’s next generation of storytellers,  working with teens of different backgrounds across Atlanta to collaborate on video and music productions in and out of school.

•  Shooting Without Bullets (Cleveland, OH) is 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 Village of Arts and Humanities (Philadelphia, PA) offers a paid internship and 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.

2017 A3C Action Pitch Competition submissions are coming soon!

2016 A3C Action Group.jpg2016 Action Finalists and Judges

Mike Walbert

Written by Mike Walbert

Mike Walbert is the Executive Director of the A3C Festival & Conference. As as partner in the business Mike oversees various aspects of the business, including: Business Development, Sponsorship, Branding and Marketing. Mike officially joined A3C in 2009 as the Artist Director. Since 2010 Mike has managed the strategy and team that have grown A3C from a regional showcase to an internationally recognized institution in hip-hop culture.

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