Barefoot Workshops

Barefoot Workshops Full immersion documentary photography & filmmaking workshops in SOUTH AFRICA and the MISSISSIPPI DELTA. Each year, we teach traditional Documentary Workshops in the Mississippi Delta and Cape Town, South Africa, which are open to individuals with beginner through advanced levels of training.

Barefoot Workshops also leads NGO workshops in partnership with government and nongovernmental organizations. Together, we build the capacity of organizations around the world to meet program goals in areas such as: health (HIV/AIDS), conflict resolution, youth empowerment, civil rights and democracy-building. Partners have included: the U.S. Department of State, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), Kakuma Refugee Camp/Filmaid International (Kenya), Creative Associates, UNESCO (Burundi), and Katrina-affected communities in the southern United States Our goal is to create responsible filmmakers who care about the world around them and who make it a point to give back to their communities. To learn more about our programs, visit us at www.barefootworkshops.org or contact us at [email protected].

01/03/2021
An Inner Dignity

"During the Freedom movement in America, African Americans wanted two things. One was civil rights represented by Dr. Martin Luther King, the other was inner dignity represented by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. But really it was one freedom movement, and so we represent those two poles coming together. Islam is a Peace Movement for Freedom that continues today as one movement for dignity, equity and social justice. We need to work together to establish this pluralistic environment that we call divine unity, or in Islam, tawhid. That's what the freedom movement is all about, people responding to that inner nature that you can't keep down as a human being.”

Okolo Rashid - President/Co-founder, International Museum of Muslim Cultures

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) of Jackson, Mississippi, celebrates 20 years of service with a virtual fundraiser and photo documentary series, “IMMC Muslim Photo Stories: Voices of Beloved Community”, produced in partnership with Blue Magnolia Films.

Opened in April 2001, IMMC is the first museum of its kind in the country dedicated to educate the American public about Islamic history and culture and the contributions of diverse Muslims to world civilization. Co-founders, Emad Al-Turk, Karen Al-Turk,Okolo Rashid, Sababu Rashid, and their families, hope the museum will bridge people of all faiths, including Christians, Jewish and Muslim, to serve as a model for peaceful coexistence and Beloved Community.

IMMC is located at 201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS 39201, where the Timbuktu Exhibit is on display; its satellite site at 101 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, houses the display of the Covenants Exhibit.

Participate in our virtual fundraiser
https://app.mobilecause.com/e/fmOoGg?vid=fubdu

Learn more about programming, exhibitions and events at our web site: https://muslimmuseum.org/

Follow us on social media:
Facebook.com/muslimmuseum
Instagram @immc_ms

08/30/2020
Kim's Way

A Chinese immigrant in Clarksdale, Mississippi perseveres to become a respected pork rind entrepreneur and vibrant model of health and longevity.

Directed by Heather Gholson and Anne Graner
Produced by Barefoot Workshops
Supervising Producers & Instructors: Chandler Griffin and Alison Fast

Featuring: Kim Wong
TRT: 14:50

08/09/2020
Our Children

"Jackson Public Schools will open August 17. The fall semester will be completed 100% virtually! Children will need school supplies in their homes. We are getting an Adopt-A-Teacher model going, and we are really being very deliberate about matching community resources with school-specific needs.

It is now more important than ever for our Jackson community, including churches and businesses, to come together to ensure that our children have what they need to complete a successful school year.

I continue to say, 'This is an unprecedented situation, requiring an unprecedented response!' We can unite and work together to support our scholars and their families, to build a community around our children that says , 'It’s not about me, but we.’

If you would like to become a Community Partner, or to invest your time, talent or treasure, please register your name, organization and email at this link: https://forms.gle/JwbgkHFCqGE9LS3i8

We have created an electronic document to inventory school specific needs, and will be in touch to inform you of where and how you can make a difference!"

- Thea Faulkner, Director, Partners in Education - Jackson Public Schools

Before change can happen, somebody has to imagine what that change looks like! At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we are engaged in world building, imagining what is possible for public life, education, community development, arts and culture, and other areas of charitable philanthropy in Jackson and Mississippi, with our partners and investors.

If you are for Mississippi for GOOD, get involved with volunteer opportunities through our statewide partner Volunteer Mississippi MSHUBNETWORK.COM

If you are interested in creating something that lasts FOREVER, contact us to become part of our Legacy Circle or to discuss a Planned Gift www.formississippi.org

Learn more about how to become involved with a new civic covenant and a shared vision for our Capital City, through a Public Innovators Virtual Lab with The Harwood Institute http://jacksonready.formississippi.org/ When we engage in reimagining public life, anything is possible!

06/16/2020
Growing Up Different

"It’s hard to imagine that what I have to say will surprise anyone who knows me. It is an honor to have been asked to share a bit about myself, and I hope my story will provide comfort to some young person who may be experiencing the same feelings I did while growing up.

We find ourselves living in unprecedented times, facing vulnerabilities personally and in our communities that are tough and challenging.

It’s also a historic moment in which to ensure protection for those most vulnerable and to promote fairness and equality for ALL.

We must not be complacent. We must speak out and push for needed change with bold intentionality. In that regard, I am honored to be asked to share a bit about my life journey."

- Sammy Moon, Executive Director, Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we imagine a Mississippi where every community is connected to the resources, knowledge, and tools to create meaningful and lasting change – for Mississippi, for good. Forever.

We are engaged in world building, imagining what is possible for public life, education, community development, arts and culture, and other areas of charitable philanthropy in Jackson and Mississippi, with our partners and investors.

When we engage in reimagining public life, anything is possible! A spark of imagination is a necessary ingredient for change to happen. Before change can happen, somebody has to imagine what that change looks like.

If you would like to explore a new civic covenant and a shared vision for our Capital City, volunteer or nominate someone to participate in our upcoming Public Innovators Virtual Lab with #TheHarwoodInstitute #turnoutward http://jacksonready.formississippi.org/.

If you are for Mississippi for GOOD - get involved with volunteer opportunities through our statewide partner Volunteer Mississippi. MSHUBNETWORK.COM

If you are interested in creating something that lasts FOREVER, contact us to become part of our Legacy Circle or to discuss a Planned Gift. www.formississippi.org

05/31/2020
Courageous Spaces

“Every time you wake up with a breath, you should consider that a blessing. And one of the reasons it's a blessing is because it’s an opportunity to try again.

Unfortunately, people have grown weary. There’s no refuge from collective pain. We’re in that moment now. The fires that are burning in our country, in our communities are fires of helplessness and hopelessness and despair and fear and anger. But we have the opportunity to come together to create fires of warmth – and energy.

The most critical thing, the most immediate and important thing for Jacksonians and Mississippians to do in this time period is to be quiet and to listen. Listen intently, like our collective lives depend on what you hear. It's one thing to see that a person is in pain, and want to help. But you can’t really help until you have heard what is hurting.

One of the things I want to believe most about our leaders is that their hearts are in the right place. My hope for those leaders is that they will have the courage to go to where the smoke and the hurt and the pain is, and then they will use what they learn to inform their decision making. And bring everyone to the table.

I recognize there has been an intentional stripping of agency. But every day presents a new opportunity to go out and connect our intentions and whatever power we have with others. As the scripture says, the three-strand chord is not easily broken. We are able to multiply our strengths when we find others who are of similar mind.

That’s the way it happens. ALL of us have a power. We should search our lives for those instances, because those are the ways that we are most effective.”
- Vondaris Gordon, husband, father of three young black women in Jackson MS; Founding Board Member and current Youth Engagement Manager of William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; former VP of Operation Shoestring Board and former Founding Board Member of Refill Cafe Jackson Initiative

At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we are engaged in world building, imagining what is possible for public life, education, community development, arts and culture, and other areas of charitable philanthropy in Jackson and Mississippi, with our partners and investors.

If you would like to explore a new civic covenant and a shared vision for our Capital City, volunteer or nominate someone to participate in our upcoming Public Innovators Virtual Lab with #TheHarwoodInstitute #turnoutward http://jacksonready.formississippi.org/

Get involved with volunteer opportunities through our statewide partner Volunteer Mississippi MSHUBNETWORK.COM

At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we imagine a Mississippi where every community is connected to the resources, knowledge, and tools to create meaningful and lasting change – for Mississippi, for good. Forever. For more, visit www.formississippi.org

05/24/2020
The Fabric of Community

• JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI •
"Being in this pivotal moment of having to redefine what makes a community, and what community means to us, we can reclaim our sense of what matters and reconnect to the things that bring us together, rather than the things that keep us isolated.

I see people saying, ‘It may just be my corner of the world, but here are things I can do.’ So we should ask ourselves, ‘Are you sewing things together? Are you part of the fabric making?’ People are realizing we are in this together.”

- Jane Alexander, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Mississippi

At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we imagine a Mississippi where every community is connected to the resources, knowledge, and tools to create meaningful and lasting change – for Mississippi, for good. Forever.

We are engaged in world building, imagining what is possible for public life, education, community development, arts and culture, and other areas of charitable philanthropy in Jackson and Mississippi, with our partners and investors.

When we engage in reimagining public life, anything is possible! A spark of imagination is a necessary ingredient for change to happen. Before change can happen, somebody has to imagine what that change looks like.

If you would like to explore a new civic covenant and a shared vision for our Capital City, volunteer or nominate someone to participate in our upcoming Public Innovators Virtual Lab with #TheHarwoodInstitute #turnoutward www.jacksonready.formississippi.com.

If you are for Mississippi for GOOD - get involved with volunteer opportunities through our statewide partner Volunteer Mississippi. MSHUBNETWORK.COM

If you are interested in creating something that lasts FOREVER, contact us to become part of our Legacy Circle or to discuss a Planned Gift. www.formississippi.org

01/20/2020
Bringing Service Home

“I was born and raised in Mound Bayou, MS where service was taught as a value early on by my family and other members of the community. Service to me means maintaining the respect for traditions and values.”

- Carla Ross
Former Regional Coordinator, America Reads Mississippi

During a series of workshops, Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) together with Blue Magnolia Films supported AmeriCorps members to use documentary storytelling tools and techniques to tell their own personal STORIES OF SERVICE.

The collection highlights the outstanding leadership of our members and shows how content written and produced by people for their own communities empowers change narratives, and helps our volunteers and the communities we serve, to build on common values together.

Please like and share this video to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Mississippi and to expand our reach across the state using hashtags #StoriesOfService #VolunteerYall

Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) engages Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Each year, our AmeriCorps Members are among more than 75,000 Americans engaged in intensive, results-driven leadership.

Whether they are teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safe, building affordable homes and responding to natural disasters, our AmeriCorps members are helping us to grow Missisissippi’s story and increase the impact of volunteerism across the state. To learn more, visit - www.volunteermississippi.ms.gov

01/12/2020
Watching Them Grow

“I want to see children build confidence. Then they can do anything they want to do - And they'll start to believe it, they'll start to verbalize it and they will have actions to go with it!”

- Marilyn Rice-Jackson
Member and Staff Alum, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM)

During a series of workshops, Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) together with Blue Magnolia Films supported AmeriCorps members to use documentary storytelling tools and techniques to tell their own personal STORIES OF SERVICE.

The collection highlights the outstanding leadership of our members and shows how content written and produced by people for their own communities empowers change narratives, and helps our volunteers and the communities we serve, to build on common values together.

Please like and share this video to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Mississippi and to expand our reach across the state using hashtags #StoriesOfService #VolunteerYall

Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) engages Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Each year, our AmeriCorps Members are among more than 75,000 Americans engaged in intensive, results-driven leadership.

Whether they are teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safe, building affordable homes and responding to natural disasters, our AmeriCorps members are helping us to grow Missisissippi’s story and increase the impact of volunteerism across the state. To learn more, visit - www.volunteermississippi.ms.gov

01/05/2020
The Light Of Service

“Although AmeriCorps members serve for one to two years, that is not where their service and contributions end. Once an ARM AmeriCorps member always an ARM AmeriCorps member! This spirit becomes a part of you - ”

- Marcia (Ronjanett) Taylor
State Program Director, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM)

During a series of workshops, Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) together with Blue Magnolia Films supported AmeriCorps members to use documentary storytelling tools and techniques to tell their own personal STORIES OF SERVICE.

The collection highlights the outstanding leadership of our members and shows how content written and produced by people for their own communities empowers change narratives, and helps our volunteers and the communities we serve, to build on common values together.

Please like and share this video to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Mississippi and to expand our reach across the state using hashtags #StoriesOfService #VolunteerYall

Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) engages Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Each year, our AmeriCorps Members are among more than 75,000 Americans engaged in intensive, results-driven leadership.

Whether they are teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safe, building affordable homes and responding to natural disasters, our AmeriCorps members are helping us to grow Missisissippi’s story and increase the impact of volunteerism across the state. To learn more, visit - www.volunteermississippi.ms.gov

Featuring Larry Kinds Sr., Shamberi Horton, Angel Bell & Catina Johnson.

12/31/2019
Be Beautiful

“AmeriCorps opened the door for me to believe in myself. It gave me opportunities to lead, to serve. Now I'm a graduate student working on my degree in Higher Education … to show and to prove that single moms can do it too!”

- Heidi Moore
Alumna, America Reads - Mississippi (ARM)

During a series of workshops, Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) together with Blue Magnolia Films supported AmeriCorps members to use documentary storytelling tools and techniques to tell their own personal STORIES OF SERVICE.

The collection highlights the outstanding leadership of our members and shows how content written and produced by people for their own communities empowers change narratives, and helps our volunteers and the communities we serve, to build on common values together.

Please like and share this video to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Mississippi and to expand our reach across the state using hashtags #StoriesOfService #VolunteerYall

Volunteer Mississippi (the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service) engages Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Each year, our AmeriCorps Members are among more than 75,000 Americans engaged in intensive, results-driven leadership.

Whether they are teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safe, building affordable homes and responding to natural disasters, our AmeriCorps members are helping us to grow Missisissippi’s story and increase the impact of volunteerism across the state. To learn more, visit - www.volunteermississippi.ms.gov

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