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Change for the People by the People: An Interview with Carlton Turner

Published: 2018-11-09

Published: 2018

Carlton Turner, former executive director of Alternate ROOTS — a service organization that supports Southern artists working at the nexus of creativity and social justice — learned his first lessons in leadership not from executive directors or CEOs, but from organizers. He argues that the challenges we face cannot be addressed within a leadership model that reserves power for the privileged, typically white few. We need a more radical vision for what it means to lead; Carlton Turner is interested in how we get there. In this interview, we speak with Turner about his own leadership journey as well as his advice for community arts educators seeking new paradigms for leadership.