As a group where Education, Art and Activism intersect, the CHARLESTON RHIZOME COLLECTIVE – grassroots, inter-generational and inter-racial by design – has committed to conNECKtedTOO, a project of ART & CULTURE IN/WITH COMMUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. We will seek and involve Tiny Business partners:
- to support and promote TINY BUSINESS in Charleston, as a vital part of commerce and neighborhood
- to build a mentorship program and awaken in YOUTH a spirit of entrepreneurship
- to fully embrace THE ARTS AND THE SPIRIT OF THE ARTS as activators of sustainability
We envision COMMUNITIES where issues of exclusion and inequities in economics, education, housing and business no longer exist. For us BELONGING means celebrating all histories and cultures, and BECOMING all we possibly can, as we build a future TOGETHER. The COLLECTIVE believes that TINY BUSINESSES are nimble, adaptable, profitable, for the people. That is why:
- we experiment, we research
- we exchange skills, we teach each other
- we take personal responsibility
- we stand for environmental justice and socio/economic equity
- we denounce the cultural impact of gentrification
- we amplify the voices of disadvantaged, low wealth and historically marginalized communities
For us collaboration means shared ownership and autonomy not consensus.
About The Charleston Rhizome Collective
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the Charleston Rhizome Collective is an Art-in/with community group, where education, art and activism intersect. By design, it is grassroots, inter-racial and inter-generational. Through the arts, they aim to amplify the voices of neighborhoods absent from public and private plans: social, cultural and economic. For conNECKtedTOO the Charleston Rhizome Collective will work with additional partners like Jason Gourdine of the Black Collective, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development and quite a few Tiny Businesses.
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic. For more information visit www.ArtPlaceAmerica.org