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Dogwood Alliance 25th Anniversary Celebration

Dogwood Alliance has partnered with SlaytheMic to bring you exclusive access to our virtual 25th Anniversary festival including our award-winning documentary film, stories, musical performances, and more to celebrate with you!

November 7th – 14th

This is an all-inclusive virtual event. All-access passes are a suggested donation of $15 each. A $50 donation grants you all-access, AND we’ll mail you some exclusive Dogwood merchandise. We also offer comped all-access tickets.

What you’ll get with your all-access pass:

  • Access to exclusive videos including our documentary film Stories Happen in Forests, musical performances, a cooking show, and more.
  • A raffle entry to win a beautiful vase from East Fork Pottery or a special copy of Sami Grover’s We Are All Climate Hypocrites Now.

What you get when you donate $50 or more:

  • All of the above plus!
  • A special 25th Anniversary Dogwood Alliance travel mug.
  • A navy blue Dogwood Alliance beanie.
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Join us as Dogwood Alliance CELEBRATES 25 years of:

  • Protecting Southern forests.
  • Fighting extractive industries.
  • Building Community.

We could not have done this without our COMMUNITY.

In the Dogwood Alliance main tent, you can watch our internationally recognized award-winning short documentary film, Stories Happen in ForestsYou’ll also have an opportunity to hear from the Director, Amanda Rodriguez.

We’ve just added an exclusive, live conversation with the director and select stars from the film to our festival line-up. On Nov. 12th at 7:15 PM EST join moderator Elizabeth Lashay from SlaytheMic and:

  • Director of Stories Happen in Forests, Amanda Rodriguez
  • Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley
  • Alison Czeczuga
  • James “JC” Woodley

Learn more about our storytellers here.

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In the SlayTheMic tent, we’re not only celebrating Dogwood Alliance’s 25th, we’re also celebrating one year of SlayTheMic Multimedia. STM Multimedia is an entertainment media company that hosts Slay the Mic and the historic WBMU Jamz (Where Black Means Unity). This is their FIRST anniversary as a media group and the one-year mark of taking on WBMU. Their goal is to give back to communities, foster partnerships, provide resources, uplift businesses through digital advertising, and produce engaging and inclusive programming that will serve not only the Asheville area, but communities across the world. They are located in Asheville, NC, but broadcast globally on a digital radio platform. Dogwood Alliance is a proud supporter of conscious media that aims to spread awareness and build community.

SlayTheMic presents musical performances by:


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What would an event be without some good food?

Our biggest sadness about not having an in-person event this year was that we’d miss the opportunity to break bread with our community. Luckily, Clarence Robinson was ready to bring that spirit of enjoying food and sharing stories with you to your very own home.

In our “Cooking With Comedy Tent”, Clarence Robinson cooks and talks about why he loves the forests.

Join Clarence in his food truck while he prepares roasted chicken with slowly simmered pinto beans, yellow rice, spinach, cherry tomatoes, peppers, deep-fried sweet potatoes, fried onions, and his special king sauce topped with green onions. Amazing!

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At the beginning of this year, we took some time to look at the last 25 years, where we are now, and where we’d like to be. We realized that the past 25 years have perfectly positioned us in the exact Right Place at the Right Time to make meaningful change. The Right Place Right Time series aims to highlight the significance of the place we are in and to celebrate 25 years. Watch and listen to the impactful and revelatory series of conversations between our Executive Director, Danna Smith, and leaders in the forest protection movement. They discuss why this moment is the Right Place and Right Time for meaningful change as we look ahead to the next 25 years.

Watch conversations with:

  • Mary Annaïse Heglar, writer and host of the climate podcast Hot Take
  • Bill Moomaw, Professor at Tufts University and IPCC Scientist
  • Belinda Joyner, Professor and climate activist
  • Dr. Thomas Rashad Easley, Hip-hop forester
  • Janesse Ray, writer and environmental activist
  • and more!
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If you love forests and community then you are part of the Dogwood Alliance, and we want to celebrate with YOU!

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This first of its kind virtual festival is made possible by our generous sponsors: