Highlander nurtures the skills of authentic grassroots leadership and helps to build the capacity of marginalized communities across the South. In 2011, we will fortify issue campaigns with the strategic inclusion of art and culture. The Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residency Project will match artists and communities in residency work to help local organizers develop cultural tools to help take a current campaign to another level.
As the first stage of the Zilphia Horton Project, we are currently accepting applications for communities/organizations interested in partnering with us to host a multi-week cultural organizing residency starting in Spring 2011. Communities in Appalachia and the southern United States are eligible to participate with special consideration given to rural communities.
The goals of the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residency Project and partnerships include:
The project will begin with an orientation workshop for the artists and community representatives at Highlander in February and close with an evaluation workshop at Highlander in December.
To apply to the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Residency Project, download the application form (PDF, 8kb) and send it to Susan Williams, Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820. Fax: 865-933-3424, email swilliams (at) test.highlandercenter.org. For more information about the program, contact
The Zilphia Horton Community Cultural Project is named for Zilphia Horton, one of Highlander’s first staff members, who brought an understanding of the connection between culture and organizing that has continued throughout Highlander’s history. Zilphia taught song-leading, helped organizing workers to write labor
The Zilphia Horton Project is funded by the Open Society Institute Democracy and Power Fund.
Zilphia Horton singing on a picket line in the 1940s.