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843? Zine Program Development | 2022

843? Zine Program Development | 2022

“Art is everything” is about seeing all of life and beyond as an art. While “a zine can be anything,” engulfs the concept that any topic and set of materials can be used to share our perceptions of the world with others. Both of these statements carry with them the...

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by Jean-Marie Mauclet Something monstrously tragic happened in Uvalde Texas on May 24th, 2022. The latest school mass shooting (at the time), which claimed the death of yet an other 21 Americans: two adults and 19 children. Ten days earlier, 10 daily shoppers were...

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This vote against WOMEN and its very timing, right when we are reaching to the heart of the January 6th total moral corruption, is an insult to the people of Charleston, America and the world. Along with the vote on gun violence, this attempt to consolidate MALE...

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Gwylene Gallimard with: IN PROGRESS….. ALBUM of DRAWINGS and RECYCLED COLLECTIVE ARTIFACTS dedicated to / perpetuating / honoring / memorizing collaborative ventures and explorations of Art in/with Community.

Gwylene Gallimard with: IN PROGRESS….. ALBUM of DRAWINGS and RECYCLED COLLECTIVE ARTIFACTS dedicated to / perpetuating / honoring / memorizing collaborative ventures and explorations of Art in/with Community.

Who are YOU ALL named or not?... Guess!!! YOU, my co-workers, my mentors, my friends, elders, fellow travelers and family; YOU, who influenced me and whom I may have influenced; YOU in pain, or who have passed away too early or at least before we could converse...

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Co Federal Credit Union Closes

By Barney Blakeney      9-28-21 Since 1966 Charleston’s C O Federal Credit Union sought to meet the financial needs of folks in the local region. September 17 it closed permanently. In January the National Credit Union Administration placed the credit union into...

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When in Charleston, pre-covid, Sarah Turquety, with a simple exercise in social awareness, transformed a disparate group of individualists into a cluster of community strong neighbors. Her poetry speaks of solidarity, militancy, family, nature. Her voice is spiced with a ray of sun. She is young and French, an artist living in a region of villages with 200 to 2000 inhabitants, in SW France

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Press Releases

conNECKtedTOO —> is a 2020 Partner for Change with Alternate ROOTS and The Surdna Foundation

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 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 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. 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 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 or email 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.


Charleston Rhizome Collective’s project, “conNECKtedTOO” is receiving funding from ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund


ArtPlace received 987 applications in 2017, from which 70 finalists were selected and conNECKtedTOO is one of only 23 projects that will receive funding this year. ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, which invests money in community development projects where artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity work to strengthen communities across 10 sectors of community planning and development.


Charleston Rhizome Collective’s project, conNECKtedTOO, seeks to create a solidarity hub and network linking Tiny Neighborhood Businesses to cumulate buying and selling power, engage residents in decisions over business ownership, loans, job training, hiring practices, wholesale prices, schooling and housing.


The network will address the needs of Small/Tiny Businesses, using installations, visuals, forums, a tour, an app-based interactive map and a youth entrepreneurship program. “This year’s investments highlight critical dimensions of creative placemaking strategy that can provide great inspiration to communities across the country.” said F. Javier Torres, Director of National Grantmaking at ArtPlace. “Creative Placemaking seeks the full and robust integration of art and culture into the decisions that define the ebb and flow of community life.


These projects embody what this looks like at its most effective,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Chair of the ArtPlace President’s Council.


“We were overwhelmed by the extraordinary commitment demonstrated in these projects – contributing to the growing understanding of creative placemaking efforts throughout the nation.” “All of Charleston commends the conNECKted team on their ArtPlace America award,” said Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg. “Their past projects and recent efforts build confidence that the arts can be effectively put to work in new and creative ways to sustain and strengthen our local communities.”


“Congratulations to the Charleston Rhizome Collective on its successful application to ArtPlace America,” said Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission.


“For the last five years, the commission has been actively promoting this opportunity for South Carolina organizations to join the cadre of creative place making efforts that ArtPlace America funds. It is a rigorous and competitive process; many have applied and only a few South Carolina organizations have made it to the finalist level. Clearly, conNECKtedTOO had the right ingredients—authenticity, local engagement, artistic sensibility and a compelling need— to bring home this prestigious award.”