Jul 13, 2020
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – America without racism, can you imagine? Partners for Change launches with ROOTS’ first 3-year initiative and a strategic commitment to ending racism and other oppressions through catalytic investments in the US South.
conNECKtedTOO —>TINYisPOWERFUL.com is one of six initiatives selected in this inaugural cohort of partners.
“The cohort’s collective network tackles a multitude of strategic fronts of struggle and pushes systemic change to create a US South, where race does not automatically determine your outcome in life.”
Collaborative at all levels, conNECKtedTOO —> TINYisPOWERFUL.com facilitates active relationships between tiny businesses, artists, cultural workers, educators, youth and civic leaders. They are reimagining ethical, sustainable development by creating a model of inclusive growth that engages, serves and advances existing populations while making space for cross-cultural conversations and amplifying the voices of disadvantaged, low wealth and historically marginalized populations.
TINYisPOWERFUL.com is an online participatory creative place, a community archive, where activities and stories generated on the ground can be kept and rendered public. As the network grows and evolves so do the content and functions of the platform.
The transformation/continuation of conNECKtedTOO —> TINYisPOWERFUL is led by writer, producer, facilitator Victoria Rae Moore and directed collectively by a small creative team, artists, tiny businesses and a circle of advisors.
“I am the lead facilitator and organizer of TINYisPOWERFUL.com and the effort to utilize it along with other art assets, installations and residencies as tools for meaningful, reciprocal community engagement. Charleston County has always been my home and I believe in the ability to imagine its future together,” says Victoria.
conNECKtedTOO —> TINYisPOWERFUL comes from an experiment in Charleston, SC by the Charleston Rhizome Collective to become a solidarity hub. It is the continuation of a long history of art in/with communities to affect structural change. Some members of the Charleston Rhizome Collective, which has created the projects “conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth & Reconciliation” (2014-2016) and conNECKtedTOO (a project supported by ArtPlace America 2017- 2020) are partners, others have formed the circle of advisors.
For more information about conNECKtedTOO —> TINYisPOWERFUL please visit TINYisPOWERFUL.com or email TINYisPOWERFUL@gmail.com to contact Victoria or any member of the team.
conNECKtedTOO –> TINYisPOWERFUL seeks and involves Artists, Cultural Workers, Youth and Tiny Business partners to support and promote TINY BUSINESS in the South, as a vital part of commerce and neighborhood; to fully embrace THE ARTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ARTS as activators of sustainability; to build a mentorship program and awaken in YOUTH a spirit of entrepreneurship and civic engagement.
Alternate ROOTS is a regional* arts service organization with 44 years of history. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, we seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in our field.
Partners for Change (PFC) is an artist support program reimagining philanthropy in a way that is values and people-centered. It is part of the Thriving Cultures Program of The Surdna Foundation.