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Community & Collaboration

How to work well with others – partnerships, alliances, community engagement

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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Place, process and making your own reservation

This week, we’re sharing reflections on the Summit at Sundance process and on the ideas leaders in…

Beyond Semantics: The Aesthetics of Working With Communities

While at the Creative Communities Fellows Impact House, we were learning about design thinking. We were into day one of this part of the curriculum, and one of the fellows likened himself to that of a service provider and said that we all provide the communities we serve with different creative services. I raised my hand and said, “I am not a service provider, and I don’t work for communities, I work with them.” There was much debate about this. Several people said that this was a case of semantics, that it was just a different choice of words. For me, this is beyond semantics. The way we talk about our work gives insight into the intention and aesthetic choices we make when working with communities. There are aesthetic differences in working for or with communities.

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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Placekeeping as an epicenter of aesthetics

Like two tectonic plates, placekeeping and current landscapes collide. One of the outcomes of this…

The Next Step: Doodle with Dad

                  It all started with one small…

We’re Better Together

HowlRound is a commons by and for theatremakers. No one owns a commons, it exists…

The Commons

Growing up, the public library was a place that allowed Polly Carl, Director & Editor of HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons, to find belonging and access imagination. This introduction to a commons model is something that she’s carried with her and influences all that she brings as a leader to the organization. The commons model is all about inclusivity. Carl honors and encourages this through her work at HowlRound.

The Ethics of Process

I think about the types of values that we promote when we celebrate an outcome…

The Willingness to Unlearn

You’ve heard from Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, now Andrea Hart,…

It’s a work in progress, but it’s crucial work

“It’s about them.” “We’re all alive.” “We’re all going through this crazy path of life.”…

Clyde Valentin: Values

Clyde Valentin, Director of the SMU Meadows Arts + Urbanism Initiative shares how values appear…