Community & Collaboration

Art Spaces as Places for Community Engagement

Over the course of our time together in the National Arts Strategies, Chief Executive Program:…

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Fellowship realities for a First-Time Executive

It has been an incredible summer for me. I was selected for the CCF program…

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Better Late than Never!

When asked to choose a problem for this Creative Community Fellowship, I chose an environmental issue. Living in an agricultural valley, ranchers buy hay that is bound by plastic twine. This twine accumulates quickly and the closest recycler of this material is 980 miles away (one way). Consequently, this plastic twine is everywhere: wrapped around farm equipment wheels, in burn piles, piled in corners of fields, in birds’ nests and left in ditches. Eventually, it ends up in landfills, burned into the atmosphere or just left out in the fields.

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I never meant to run anything

In the spring of 2011, I was working as a Teaching Artist for the San…

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Why Creative Community Fellows?

I have somehow stumbled across a group of people who, like me, are crazy enough…

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Finding Focus

A few months back, I was sitting across the table from a dear friend of…

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A purposeful entry point / Why I’m here

Farming metaphors guide my creative mind Each spring, there’s a practice in growing stone fruit…

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Building Community By Hand

Not too long ago in our past, though, you knew your community. They were faces you’d…

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Lessons Learned in Continuation Schools

So I was back in my city speaking for a group of high-schoolers who had…

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Plugging into the community

In my last post, I mentioned that I was moving to my home country Zimbabwe,…

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Weaving into each other: from isolation to creative community

Holyoke, MA is a gateway city bursting with its potential for growth as much as…

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dec 6-8 | Minneapolis

The Nas summit