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    Arts

    Expanding Bragg Jam in Macon, Ga., features bigger bands, ambitions

    Aug. 5, 2014, 8 a.m., Posted by Roger Riddle

    Above: The Blind Boys of Alabama performing in Macon at Bragg Jam. Credit: Molly McWilliams.

    For 15 years, summer in Macon has been synonymous with Bragg Jam, a music festival that uses multiple stages and venues to celebrate the lives of two local musicians, Brax and Tate Bragg. A tragic car accident in 1999 took the lives of the Bragg brothers and left a hole in Macon’s music scene that friends and fellow musicians believed could only be filled by playing music in their honor. Each year they gathered to remember and share songs, and each year the festival grew. Now Bragg Jam brings roughly 5,000 people to the concert-crawl style festival to enjoy a day filled with music and fun.

    A recent two-year, $30,000 grant from Knight Foundation helped push Bragg Jam into the ranks of larger music festivals that are able to draw more recognizable acts. The six-time Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama became a viable option; in previous years the musicians would have been out of reach. 

    Knight support enabled organizers “to bring a noteworthy performer with national recognition who aligned with a broader demographic,” said Bragg Jam Entertainment Chair Sean Pritchard, about the most recent festival held late last month.

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    Engaged Communities

    JusticeHack Miami sources local solutions for social ills

    Aug. 5, 2014, 6 a.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

    Above: JusticeHack group member Renita Holmes pitched her idea "Know your rights, show your rights," proposing the construction of a place where community members have access to resources on property ownership. Photos by Carolina Wilson

    What does it mean to “hack justice”? Community members gathered at The LAB Miami in Wynwood this past weekend for JusticeHack, a two-day workshop inviting activists, entrepreneurs and others to demand ownership and control of pressing local social justice issues.

    “Let’s get in the spirit of creativity,” Chris Sopher, founder of local nonprofit WhereBy.us and Knight Foundation journalism program associate, said as he welcomed the crowd.

    According to Sopher, the goals of the event were simple: to engage in conversation, identify local social justice issues and work on viable and creative solutions. Community voices—such as taxi drivers, youth of color and nursery workers—were invited to share stories of injustice and inspire those present to propose remedies.

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    Locust Projects’ 2014 LAB (Locust Art Builders) featured on WSVN Channel 7

    Aug. 4, 2014, 10:28 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Leilani Lynch, Locust Projects In June and July, 25 South Florida high school students come together to create a collaborative exhibition at Locust Projects’ gallery in Miami’s Design District. Now in its 5th year, the Locust Art Builders program began in 2010 with major support from the John S....

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