A Celebration of Words: A Literary Unconference in the City

On February 25, 2015, Lee Chilcote pitched his ideas for a literary “unconference” in the heart of the city that would offer writing workshops, classes, talks, readings and performances. Its purpose, to foster and nourish the city’s literary community, expose youth and adults to writing and reading, and use the literary arts as a tool…

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Rust Belt Riders: Pedal-Powered Composting

Roughly 40% of all food grown in the United States is wasted, this at a time when 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. These systems need to change and the systems that combat inefficiencies need to be supported. Community composting offers everyone a way to fight waste and support new food systems. At Accelerate…

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The Cool School Rap Comic: STEM Curriculum in Comic Form

In 2015, Laura L. Balliett pitched her Cool School Rap idea at Accelerate. The Cool School Rap is an educational comic series that breaks down complicated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum into a highly visual, easy-to-read format. To go along with the comics, Laura envisioned creating lesson plans to deliver content and guide…

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