Our 2016 Creative Change Retreat just finished up in Utah last week and we are happy to share many highlights from some of this year's retreat participants!
Jayeesha Dutta (CC '16) is working on Another Gulf Is Possible – Resistance, Solidarity & Love Week. Declaring Aug. 20 as the Gulf Day of Interdependence, people will gather in New Orleans to march through the streets with art, performance, song and dance. Organizers are drawing connections across different struggles from climate change to racial justice, gentrification to unemployment. They are seeking to build unity and solidarity through this inspiring and massive demonstration of mutual interdependence.
Tracy Van Slyke (CC '16, CC ‘14) at the CEL Culture Lab wants your social change stories! CEL Culture Lab is partnering with Just Films/Ford Foundation and Race Forward to develop a pilot program for social change leaders using visual stories to increase the reach of their campaigns and advance their narratives. Curating the very best visual stories in a variety of mediums (virtual reality, photo series, infographics, documentaries, social media videos, interactive stories, etc.), they will create a digital resource that can be shared with movement leaders, organizers, funders, and media makers. Submit your visual story and find out more here.
Hari Kondabolu (CC '16) and W. Kamau Bell (CC '16) recently launched their wildly successful (and hilarious) podcast, Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. Following their curiosity through our political process and electoral landscape, Kondabolu and Bell reveal deep insights into our country's political systems that make you want to cry – if you have any breath left from laughing!
Hari also just released his new comedy album, Mainstream American Comic, (while he was at the Creative Change Retreat!) and will be starting his national tour this week. He may be coming to a city near you so check out his tour dates.
Tayyib Smith (CC '11) launched the new Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship (IHHE) in Philadelphia. Using the ethos of Hip Hop to empower young people from non-traditional background with the skills for entrepreneurial success, IHHE won the Knight Cities Challenge to support its work. Learn more here.
Favianna Rodriguez (CC ’12, CC ’11) will be transitioning from her current role as executive director of CultureStrike to engage more deeply with art and culture projects in the organization. She will be taking on the role of special projects lead and will join CultureStrike’s steering committee “to help support the new generation of leadership.” CultureStrike has launched a national search for a new executive director, preferably based either in New York City or San Francisco. For the full job description and application info, click here. Favianna is a former steering committee member of The Opportunity Agenda.