The Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change Corner
Call for Proposals

Hi Everyone,

In January 2021, the Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change Corner entered its fourth year as an online series of journal articles for scholars, practitioners, educators, academics, and activists. The focus is the intersection of grassroots, bottom-up, collective, collaborative, or horizontal leadership with the arts for social change. Categories include but are not limited to: Grassroots Leadership & Cultural Activists in the Fine & Performing Arts; Grassroots Leadership, Participatory Democracy & the Role of the Arts in Social Movements; Theatre of the Oppressed as a Form of Grassroots Leadership; People Power, Community Building & the Arts for Social Change; Interviews With Troubadours Of Conscience; Exhibitions: Art, Politics & Resistance. If your work resonates with one or more of these themes, I’d like to invite you to submit a proposal to be one of the featured authors this year.  Email me your ideas at

If selected, final submissions should be between 2500 - 3500 words. Since the publication is digital, however, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. The writing should be accessible and engaging opposed to academic in nature. In the spirit of the topic, we are encouraging authors to write for a general audience. Having said this, however, this is still “scholarship” — not an op-ed article. I think of it as “Peoples’ Scholarship”.

I look forward to hearing from some of you in the not-so-distant future. Thanks.



Susan J. ErenrichSusan (Susie) J. Erenrich is a social movement history documentarian. She uses the arts for social change to tell stories about transformational leadership, resilience, and societal shifts as a result of mobilization efforts by ordinary citizens. Her career in nonprofit/arts management, civic engagement, community organizing and community service spans more than four decades. She has diversified teaching experience at universities, public schools and community-based programs for at-risk, low-income populations; has edited and produced historical audio recordings and anthologies; and has extensive performance, choreography and production experience. Susie holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is the editor of The Cost Of Freedom: Voicing A Movement After Kent State 1970; Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: An Anthology of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement; Kent & Jackson State 1970-1990; co-editor of Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change (a volume in ILA's BLB series); and co-editor of the forthcoming book, A Grassroots Leadership & Arts For Social Change Primer For Educators, Organizers, Activists & Rabble-Rousers. She is the producer/host of Wasn't That A Time: Stories & Songs That Moved The Nation, a live community radio broadcast on WERA.FM. Listen on-demand or live every Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern time.