Leading up to the 2016 Facing Race National Conference, Percolate seeks to elevate a conversation about the intersection of art and activism while seeding relationships and collaborations between artists and those working for racial justice.
Artists and activists--selected and matched by WonderRoot staff and the Facing Race Host Committee--meet in designated local coffee shops. Each pairing is provided a tool kit that will spark thought and ignite conversation addressing racial justice issues. During their dates, artists and activists will document their experience which will later be curated and displayed at the Facing Race Conference November 10-12, 2016 and then travel to the WonderRoot Community Art Center.
Percolate is a two-phase initiative – taking place between Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
Phase I will serve as a relationship building mechanism through which 100 “artists” and 100 “activists” will be paired for a blind coffee date. The participating artist-activist pairs will simply meet for a single coffee chat during which they will discuss and explore their past, current, and future relationship to creativity-based racial justice work. For some, this work will be a new concept. For others, they will be seasoned professionals. The goal of these intentional pairings is to increase dialogue between Atlanta’s creative and activist communities around concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion – with a particular focus on race. Participants will archive their conversations through journals, images, and audio documentation. An exhibition of the archived dialogues will be on display at the Facing Race Conference, November 10-12.
Phase II is intended to seed projects at the intersection of creativity and racial justice. The 100 artist-activist pairs will be invited to submit project proposals for new initiatives that address racial justice issues through the arts. Winning project(s) will be awarded a cash award for project implementation, as well as receive technical assistance from WonderRoot to support the program design, implementation, and evaluation.
WonderRoot needs to raise $2,000 in order to make these 100 coffee dates possible, and we need your help! With a contribution of as little as $10 today you can help us reach our goal.
Megan C. Mosholder
Nadia Marie Belvanson
Kelly Kristin Jones
Sheila Pree Bright
Sarah Belle Miles