A networking event Tuesday at the Akron Art Museum will celebrate the grassroots and neighborhood leaders in Akron.
The Different Faces of Akron will take place Tuesday, April 7, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum. The event will celebrate the changing face of leadership with music, food and organizations from the margins of Akron.
Much like plants create nutrients deep in the soil, much of the grassroots community leaders are doing their best work below the surface; this event will honor our many grassroots leaders and “community gardeners.” These leaders working in the margins are block watch captains, neighborhood clean-up volunteers, music and art festival groups, afterschool workers, students, coaches, immigrants, parishioners and many others.
It takes more than power, prestige and privilege to deliver the full health of a community, according to South Street Ministries, one of the organizers.
“Would you recognize a servant leader?,” asks the agency in a release. “We are disguised, as laborers, immigrants, grandmothers, small business owners, returning citizens, cops who care, single moms, students, neighbors, fathers and friends. We are the lifeblood of our community.
“How do you identify us? We are engaged, taking responsibility to solve problems, whether we are authorized or not. We are amateurs, those who act out of love. Love for people and place. Do you really know Akron? If so, we are Akron. Come and meet us. Discover who we are. The changing face of Akron. We are present and future leaders. Already and not yet. Rising. Germinating. Seeding hope in ourselves and others.”
Life is alive and well and thriving at the grassroots level.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.