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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.

The Importance of Play

Embracing failure is something I’ve worked very hard on in my life. When I first…

The Weight of Failure

During 20 years of employment in organizations and companies, I rarely experienced failure to a…

Failure is an Option?

When conducting recent audience research with colleagues last year, we were stricken to hear from…

Who is Allowed to Fail?

When presented with this question of failure, I ask myself a lot of times who gets to fail and who doesn’t get to fail.

Scarcity, Abundance and Finding Your Own Way to Fail

“Let’s run an experiment and see what happens.” I say these words at least twice…

In a Risk-Averse Society, Failure is Our Way Forward

Classically trained artists and performers are typically possessed of levels of discipline, rigor and tenacity…

Lessons from Failure

Evaluation is not something that should merely be done by oneself, given that your reputation…

Worstward Ho! Is That How You Spell F-A-I-L-U-R-E?

The above quote from Beckett’s penultimate novella has become a popular battle cry of enlightened…

You’re Among the Greats

The next time you fail, you will know that you are never alone. You’re among creative…

Being a Team Leader

It can be a difficult time of navigating emotions, goals, and setbacks. Now, picture how…

A Design Thinking Frame of Mind

Gain Empathy: Reflect Gain Empathy: Dig Deeper Reframe: Infer Insights Reframe: Set A Goal Creation:…

C’mon Celebrate!

Although not all failures are productive, in fact, we’d reason to say that none of…

On Failure and Fun

In this video, Beth Kanter, discusses the prominent resistance to using failure in the nonprofit sector…

When You Might Want to Worry

It’s day four of our journey in the land of failure. To date, the news has…

It’s a Shark.

Have you ever wanted to take a chance on a new idea or project but found yourself hesitating? Why? It could be because you realize there is a chance it might fail, so you find yourself afraid to follow through.

Setting Intention

Each morning during the Creative Community House, a cornerstone component to the Creative Community Fellows program, we…

Complex Problem? Fail Your Way to a Solution.

1. “You have to cast a wide net” 2. “’Practice failing” in a safe space’”…

The Story Behind Toy Story

Why are Pixar’s movies such a huge success? Creative successes might be more related to…

10 Reasons We Fail

There are a myriad of reasons that we fail, from plain bad luck to miscommunication…

Fail Better

Whenever possible, take on specific projects. Make detailed promises about what success looks like and…

What is failure?

What is failure? How do you define it? Is it really the worst thing that…

Failure… without Platitudes

We talk about the positive consequences of failure as though they are naturally occurring, like your idea blows up in your face and you are suddenly imbued with insight and a blueprint for future success. It just doesn’t happen that way.

Your Value Promise

NAS Director, Dallas Shelby, shares a process that arts and culture organizations can use to define the value they want to create in their communities.

Leftovers? Again?

Needless to say, when she walked in the door not a mere five minutes later,…

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 Financials

How might we, as leaders in the cultural sector, be critical, formative drivers of building the vision for a new economy?

You Gotta Know Why

In a discussion with several CEOs of cultural organizations about access, accessibility and community, the conversation kept circling back to the question of “Why?”

The Ideation Summit: Transforming Stakeholders into Collaborators

Conversations about critical issues happen all the time. Conferences, blogs and community meetings offer any…

Financial Sustainability of Recycling and Upcycling

The question of how an organization financially sustains a plastic baling twine recycling program in a rural community has been nagging me. Facilitating up-cycle exhibits featuring this material helps to raise awareness, but it doesn’t begin to address the problem.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

While it’s important to learn and get advice from those who’ve come before us, it’s also important to realize our paths are our own. There is no one-way path to success and fulfillment in your career.

The Career Path of a Nonprofit Generalist

Our sector needs those that are passionate about making a difference, no matter what it is. These are the generalists.

Sit Back & Enjoy the Ride: The Roller Coaster Career Plan

When I was younger, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: Theatre Director. But after a few years in that world, I didn’t feel like it was a good fit anymore.

Picture this:

You’re interviewing for your dream job. You are ready to showcase the 5 things any employer must know about you. But the interviewer never asks the questions you prepped for.  What do you do?

Why is it important to have a career plan?

Our paradigms dramatically affect our judgment and our decision making by influencing our perceptions. Paradigms…

Clarity & Observation

CC ilike via Flickr Developing a career plan was natural for me, as I was…