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Find Your Circle, Find Your Journey

  A conversation with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance founder, Cleo Parker Robinson.

Collaboration Done Right

A conversation with Lula Washington Dance Theatre founder, Lula Washington.

IABD Founders on Community & Collaboration

Members of the International Association of Blacks in Dance founders, Joan Myers Brown, Lulu Washington and Cleo Parker Robinson, talk about community and collaboration.

An Invitation To Community: Being Yourself

In our last post of this series on community, Jordan Reeves shares his moving reflections…

Join the Party!

Ready to dance? Taneisha Duggan shares her reflections on the power of community and invites…

The Fable of One Turtle and Four Humans: A Story of Community

How did the turtle cross the road? The answer according to Greg Milo: thanks to…

Growing Together

Laura Gisler shares a beautiful meditation on what community means to her through these drawings…

The World Is Your Classroom (Or Gym)

Naomi Even-Aberle introduces us to her community: her gym. She shares how impactful it can…

Part of Something Bigger

Jaclyn Roessel reflects on the first time she felt like a part of a community, when she was 12 years old and had her Kinaaldá ceremony, in which she became a woman and felt the kinship of not only her nuclear family, but a larger tapestry of community members.

A Real Community Will Stretch You

What are the qualities of a rubber band? Flexibility: the ability to bend without breaking.…

Finding Magic In Community

  Sometimes joining a new community can open up new, magical worlds that you never…

Community of place

The root of this definition for me is community of place, because it is in…

Liberty

In Todd, NC in the month of June, community means preparing for the annual “Liberty…

The duty of community

This comes from one of the greatest men of the 20th century, a personal role…

Community is natural. But we’re losing it.

We talk about community a lot. The word gets thrown around so much that it…

Community: A Poem

Community is beautifully imperfect. Community is acceptance, not tolerance. Community is the past, present, and…

A practice of commitment

I’ve been noticing a trend that many of my friends and colleagues will, after having…

Community within

It signifies change that helps individuals to visually express feelings and emotions, which are difficult…

A misshapen Venn Diagram

Erin Salazar, an artist, muralist, seamstress, public art curator and Creative Community Fellow, shares what community means to her in this time lapse video.

Actively making a place better

The Reformed Protestant congregation hung 49 rainbow flags along the railing of the church in…

Another word

Our community was one of interest and history and the rural/urban exchange informed nearly all…

It’s about passion

To me, to be part of these communities meant your pretty standard definition of “community.”…

Community: A Song

Torres Hodges, a musician and Creative Community Fellow describes what community means to him in an original song.

On Community

. When my grandmother’s twinkly eyes and warm, welcoming disposition disappeared along with her memories due…

Complexities that make us whole

Community, as a singular plurality, encompasses the people who, and places that I endear and…

What’s in your box?

Many arts organizations and artists have started these community supported art programs to showcase and support…

Teamwork makes the dream work

Some more open than others. Some with multiple communities inside of one another. Some where…

Principles & Place

In all the work they do, Alternate ROOTS embraces these five principles of working in…

Rural communities and the artists strengthening them

Be sure to travel to the many resources mentioned in the post and comments. Are…

You Need a Community, Not a Network

An HBR article on the importance of strong leadership in guiding community building and the amazing things that can happen when a network transforms into a community.

The Art of Attachment

ArtPlace America also defines ‘community’ as inherently place-based in their 4 principles of successful creative…

Community Development in the age of social media

Community building does too, according to this article on The Guardian. From mobilizing communities to…

Near, Far, Wherever You Are

Locality? Your Youtube Cat Video Appreciation community might have something to say about that. Distance…

Choosing the path

The question of whether the arts can truly contribute to community building is still widely…

Arts as Ends, Means, and Everything In Between

In this article, Lyz Crane, Deputy Director of ArtPlace America, dives into the field of arts-based community development – from the practitioner and researcher point of view.

Why The Arts?

Creative Community Fellows alumna, Jess Solomon and artist and director of Art at Work, Marty Pottenger, reflect on the increase of artists who work within communities, and on the unique role that art can play in strengthening and supporting communities.

An Invitation

In “A Model of Identity and Community“, David Pollard shares consultant Aaron Williamson’s definition of…

Communities, Complexities, and Commonalities

They also point out the complex nature of communities: “When a funder or evaluator looks…

Welcome.

We went together. For moral support. We knew nothing about suits. A gorges? What’s that.…

Civic Health. Civic Equity. Civic Capacity.

Michael Rohd shares the values that guide both organizations: Civic Health. Civic Equity. Civic Capacity.

On Values & Building Community

Inclusivity. Creativity & Innovation. Integrity. These are the values that drive Irfana Jetha Noorani work with the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Scott Kratz: Values

Intentionality, generosity and authenticity. These are the values Scott Kratz brings to the 11th Street Bridge Park.

Art Spaces as Places for Community Engagement

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

For Members

Place, process and making your own reservation

How might we ensure the arts are a convener and participant in identifying and addressing important community issues and in community planning? 

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.

We’re Better Together

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

The Commons

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

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, shares how the values of the organization surround human dignity and the people their programs serve.