In today’s world negativity dominates traditional media channels. Most outlets focus on the most recent terrorist attack or the child that was kidnapped. One Common Unity believes it is equally important to tell the stories of our heroes. The ones doing little things in great ways… everday… to make the world a better place. The stories of some of those inspiring people are found within these pages. Through the Common Folk Awards, we wish to connect you with their stories, their work, their vision, their hopes and dreams.
In 2010, One Common Unity launched the Common Folk: Voices of a Movement Concert Series. During this first year, we produced a 3 concerts series exploring & creating a new conversation on the topics of Health, Environment, and Immigration.
One Common Unity and Straight, No Chaser Productions created A NU View originally as an essay contest in which 10 youth winners were selected to create a documentary film in order to give young people living in the inner-city an experience of civic engagement through omni-media and innovative peace education. Once created the film was entered into film festivals, screened in public schools, debuted at Regal Cinemas in Washington, DC, and in select cities throughout the nation on public access television stations. The Gandhi Institute of Non-Violence, in 2007, through financially sponsoring this dynamic new initiative assisted us in giving youth a platform to voice their concern and solutions for societal problems.
Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP) was founded in 2005 on a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Young Artist Program. YWDEP recruits young women ages 13-18 living in Washington, DC for a summer program that engages them in weekly workshops with DC-based female artists on African hand drumming along with poetry, spoken word, performance technique, movement, theater staging, song writing and more.
ShantiSalaam was One Common Unity’s first international arts-based peace and conflict resolution initiative. The tour was a dynamic 8 week journey through India-Kashmir-Pakistan and took place from December 2006 to January 2007 . The ShantiSalaam artists, musicians, and educators performed, presented and facilitated interactive workshops on peace and reconciliation at universities and cultural centers in […]
In 2001, One Common Unity launched the “Circle of Life” Tour. Over the course of 3 years we provided high impact programming in multiple high schools, middle schools and elementary schools throughout the D.C. Metro area. This program was organized as a response to a city-wide call to support grieving students after the loss of […]
The DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (GPI) is a network of artists committed to assertively wielding their creative voices in the service of progressive social change. Conceptualized by some as “poetry & percussion to protect the peace,” the poetry insurgencies primary goals include inventing new media; reclaiming public space; building diverse communities of artists; and facilitating the expression of individual convictions. GPI’s core initiative entails an outdoor open mic hosted every two weeks in a public park (DuPont Circle).
Creatively birthed through One Common Unity’s founders, Revel Youth Shine (RYS) is a “community conscious” music, literary, and character development experience facilitated each summer for youth between the ages of 14-21.
Community of Peace (COP) Gatherings feature healing arts (i.e. yoga, meditation, etc.), collaborative community service (neighborhood clean-up, gardening/murals, etc.) & artistic self-expression (dance, theatre, music, poetry, etc.).
The Movement is a DC cultural arts group that has produced The Movement Sessions, a progressive live jazz/hip-hop/spoken word “open-mic” held at Bar Nun on DC’s historic U Street. The Movement serves as a haven for the arts, providing a reliable outlet and supportive environment for recreational and professional poets, singers, and emcees of all ages.