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Community & Collaboration

About Rachel Reynolds Luster

I’m a mom, fiddler, artist, librarian, and community organizer. My project is the Oregon County…

Solving Field-wide Problems Together

Let’s start a conversation about solving some of the big, intractable challenges in the cultural sector.

Committing to Engagement

Are we asking our customers what they want simply to inform programming decisions that will put butts in seats, or so our organizations can become more representative of the communities we serve?

A Community Organizing Approach to Placemaking

When a multi-year infrastructure project threatened to disrupt businesses and cut off neighborhoods along a six-mile stretch of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, the team at Springboard for the Arts saw a transformational opportunity. Their response was Irrigate, a creative placemaking initiative that mobilizes local artists to collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to “change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.”

Collaboration is key in D.C.

This post appears as part of the ARTSblog Emerging Leaders Blog Salon, in which emerging leaders…

What does your experience with building community relationships teach about healthy partnerships?

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS, talks about his approach to partnerships.

How can cultural organizations work with their communities rather than for their communities?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia, discusses how widening your definitions can broaden your understanding of community.

What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, suggests that to be truly relevant an organization must be “in, of, for and about” its community.

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one’s community.

How Shared Consumer Data is Redefining an Organization and Helping the Field

Terence McFarland, LA Stage Alliance’s CEO, has united a broad community in the search for understanding of the region’s audiences through a project called Arts Census. He and his team have broadening their service to welcome all arts disciplines. They are living their mission “to empower artists and engage audiences.”

Becoming an Equal Partner in Community Development

Deborah Cullinan, former Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, shares the experience of becoming part of the 5M Project.

Why the Arts Matter Now

NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor recently delivered the keynote address to attendees of…

Inspiring & Motivating Arts & Culture Teams