Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project Goes to Dallas!

Zilphia Horton playing music Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project Goes to Dallas! Registration is closed as of 4-18-2014 Highlander continues to use art and culture to empower marginalized communities across the South and Appalachia with the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. The endeavor is named for Zilphia Horton, a musician, organizer, and wife of Highlander’s founder Myles Horton. It was Zilphia who showed Myles the power of culture to unite, inspire, and organize people for social movements, a legacy Highlander proudly carries on in her honor. Highlander is now accepting applications for the next phase of the project: the 2014 […]

Strength through Song at the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute

Zilphiagroupphoto: This year’s group of artists and organizers at the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute.

The 2nd Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute brought cultural workers and groups from Nashville, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Philadelphia to Highlander this June to explore how to incorporate culture, song, and art into organizing campaigns in their community. The Institute was framed with a focus on intersectionality and organizing across differences and included an introduction to the nuts and bolts of cultural organizing, a song-sharing workshop, story circles, art making, and time devoted to health and wellness. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in international conversations with Tutu Alicante, who works for justice in Equatorial Guinea, Zambian activist […]

Now Accepting Applications for the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute

Zilphia Horton Institute Participants

Highlander continues to use art and culture to empower marginalized communities across the South and Appalachia with the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. The endeavor is named for Zilphia Horton, a musician, organizer, and wife of Highlander’s founder Myles Horton. It was Zilphia who showed Myles the power of culture to unite, inspire, and organize people for social movement, a legacy Highlander proudly carries on in her honor. With the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residencies in full swing, Highlander is now accepting applications for the next phase of the project: the 2013 Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute. Using the formula […]

Announcement: Zilphia Johnson Horton Cultural Organizing Residencies

Head-Roc Sonny Wink

Highlander is thrilled to announce the Cultural Organizers and Community Partners of the Zilphia Johnson Horton Cultural Organizing Project 2012-2013 Residencies. The project is named for Myles Horton’s wife Zilphia, who infused Highlander’s work with culture during the Labor Movement, steeling the resolve of striking workers through song. It brings together community organizations engaged in active, issue-based campaigns for justice with artists and cultural organizers so that they can learn from each other and work together to promote progressive policies within marginalized communities. While the cultural organizers will help their partner organizations expand the role of art and culture in […]

Could you feel energy coming off the Highlander Hill?

Zilphia Institute Participants

An amazing group of 14 young adult artists and cultural workers representing communities across the South gathered for the first Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute at the Highlander Center May 6-12. The institute brought together a creative group of activist-artists to explore the integration of art, culture and organizing. Throughout the week, participants shared ideas and strategies about popular education and organizing, nonviolence, healing and transformation for the long haul. Each participant walked away with a comprehensive cultural organizing work plan, rooted in conversations with members of their home communities and deepened over the course of the week through working […]