What were the specific goals of this creative economy project? Describe the community development challenge or opportunity that your project was designed to address:
The Global Roots Festival will offer a welcoming place for neighbors to meet and engage with one another. Through the films being shown and the contributions of invited guest speakers, we hope to bridge some of the apparent differences between cultures by presenting stories that illustrate our commonalities. Our purpose is to create dialogue across cultures, encouraging conversations between those from diverse backgrounds, as well as to support New Americans as they navigate a new and unfamiliar culture.
If the goals change over time, please describe how:
In 2013 and 2014, we showed a series of Global Roots in Burlington, VT in a mixed neighborhood. While it was well received, we found it difficult to get the ethnic communities to come to the screenings. So we decided to take the films to the heart of the refugees cultural institutions and work directly with them.
Who was involved in this project and what did they do? (be sure to include the partners from outside of the creative sector and how local voices were included):
Both the Community College of Vermont and the O’Brien Community Center are excited to partner with us by hosting these screenings. Speakers will be invited to offer audiences cultural context and personal connections. All of the events will be free and open to the public. We believe this is crucial to ensure the greatest diversity of festival attendees.
How does this project relate to a larger community development strategy?
After the Global Roots festival in Winooski, we plan to offer the Global Roots Festival to other communities around the state, adapting titles to suit the varying demographics.