The Intercultural Leadership Institute is a year-long intensive leadership program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals. Roadside's Amy Brooks will join the 2018-19 cohort in the first site of three week-long training and community cultural exchange sessions: Lakota Territory in the heart of South Dakota's Black Hills, home of the First Peoples Fund.
ILI is a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation. For more information, visit: http://www.weareili.org/
Roadside is thrilled to join this training intensive designed for artists of all disciplines working at the intersection of art, culture, and community development. Together we'll learn "how to drive community change through creative placemaking and asset-based community organizing – while maintaining your artistic integrity and practice. Gain concrete skills in leadership, organizing, program development and management, fundraising, cross-sector collaboration, and discuss how to adapt and respond to community change through workshops, community conversation and local site visits."
For more information on Springboard's Training Intensives, visit: https://springboardforthearts.org/work-with-artists/intensive/
Find Roadside Theater's Crossroads Lab artists Amy Brooks and Hilarie Spangler at Alternate ROOTS' Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat: "a one-of-a-kind gathering – six days of performances, art and organizing workshops, visual art exhibitions, our famous Late Night cabarets, and ROOTS’ annual business meeting, in a retreat-like setting in the mountains of North Carolina. Artists, cultural organizers, and their families come from across the South (and beyond!), joining an ever-growing, ever-changing network of people committed to building a just world through arts, community, and activism."
ROOTS Week 2018 is sold out, but you can learn more at: https://alternateroots.org/roots-week-2018/
Last year, Artists Thrive had its public launch in Berea, KY where visual and performing arts, makers, innovators, creatives, and leading arts service practitioners contemplated a shared vision of what it takes to have a thriving arts sector. Within the culture and social justice rich context of Berea and nearby Appalachian towns, we explored and described how conditions might change in order for all artists and humanity to thrive. We hope you will join us for the 2nd Summit and become part of a growing cohort committed to adding and utilizing the Artists Thrive tools as part of our field-wide tool box supporting systems level changes.
This year’s gathering focuses on the “I am an Artist” Assessment Tool and ways that artists, organizations, city officials, community members, foundations and others can work together for artists and communities to thrive. We’ll have multiple interactive sessions, time for peer connections, plus deep learning from place as we spend time with culture bearers in three Appalachian communities (Berea, Harlan and Corbin).
For more information on the Artists Thrive Summit, visit:https://www.artiststhrive.org/summit
Roadside Theater, Appalshop's Letcher County Culture Hub, and national partners will convene for a creative organizing summit in historic Uniontown, AL, where the Black Belt Citizens Fighting For Health and Justice is working "towards a Uniontown and Black Belt region where all people will unite to act in love for shared liberty and justice for all."
For more information about the Black Belt Citizens coalition, visit: http://blackbeltcitizens.org/
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas was founded in 1985 as the volunteer membership organization for the professions of literary management and dramaturgy.
LMDA's 2017 Bly Creative Capacity Grant awardee Amy Brooks (Roadside Theater) will describe how institutional dramaturgs from three Appalachian community centers of power – Roadside, Appalshop’s Letcher County Culture Hub, and Virginia Tech‘s VTArtWorks Initiative – are partnering with digital design cooperative CoLab to create a web-based organizing site to catalyze and support the development of community-based plays. This dramaturg-curated website will connect artists and cultural organizations with each other, with humanities and social science programs in higher education, and with other institutions exploring the role theater plays advancing justice in communities with histories of cultural and economic exploitation.
For more information, or to register: https://lmda.org/2018-conference-register-now
2018 lineup feat. Amythyst Kiah, Joan Shelley, Maiden Radio, The Local Honeys & more.
TICKETS & INFO: http://www.seedtimefestival.org/
Seedtime on the Cumberland furthers Appalshop’s mission through the presentation and broadcasting of Appalshop’s work to the general public intensively over one weekend each year. Seedtime’s goal is to be a mirror for the mountain people and communities. To remind folks here of our cultural riches and traditions of the true vine that make this region vibrant and always growing. Seedtime on the Cumberland brings the arts of the community to the community, and, by broadcasting this festival live on the airwaves of WMMT and on the internet at wmmt.org, we present ourselves to the entire world.
The New Girls Club: Womxn Shaping Rural Futures
Produced by Rural Arts Weekly and Springboard for the Arts
Description: Womxn (a term that includes trans, femme-identifying and non-gender binary community members) have historically taken a backseat to “old boys clubs” in rural power structures, organizing efforts, and movements for change...even as those movements benefit from our labor and genius. This 75-minute participatory session (led by three fierce female rural arts administrators) will introduce a variety of regional perspectives, challenges, resources, and tested strategies for shifting our organizations―and the communities they serve―towards equity with humor, acuity, compassion, and style. This is an inclusive session: people of all genders, ages, ethnicities, and degrees of ability are welcome.
- Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director, Springboard for the Arts
- Amy Brooks, Program Director & Dramaturg, Roadside Theater; co-founder, @RuralArtsWeekly
- Pilar McKay, Associate Director, Arts Council for Wyoming County, New York and co-founder of Shake on the Lake
Hashtag(s): #RuralAW, #newgirlsclub
For more information or to register: http://ruralassembly.org/2018-rural-assembly/
The Moth makes its Appalachia debut on Thursday, May 10 with a night of true stories told live, without notes. Beyond theater, The Moth Mainstage is a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge.
Tickets available here: https://appalshop.networkforgood.com/events/6045-the-moth-mainstage-in-whitesburg
Roadside Theater's Crossroads Lab will lead a project development workshop at the Community Theater for Social Justice Action Conference (event in partnership with the Civil Rights Heritage Center, IUSB Women's and Gender Studies, and ND Show Some Skin). The purpose of this conference is to create a space for deep strategizing among experts - community theater-makers, radically inclusive theater-makers in traditional theaters, community organizers, artist activists, and others.
For more information , or to register: http://interactioninc.org/conference/
Join Roadside, Appalshop, the Letcher County Culture Hub for a day of music, dancing, theater (including a staged reading of THE FUTURE OF LETCHER COUNTY), art, craft, story sharing / story circles, discussion, and of course, plenty of home-cooked food. We will be joined by neighbors from communities across Letcher County and from many other parts of the country -- including fifteen residents of Western Massachusetts who will be in town as part of the ongoing Hands Across the Hills cultural exchange.