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The Planks for Leading Change

Inspired by the HBR article, “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail,” Nancy Koehn offers these nine planks (and their sequence) necessary for leading a successful change effort. 

VUCA

VUCA is an acronym used to describe situations or environments with high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Advice for Those Starting Out: Pace Yourself

Ann Williams, Founder of Dallas Black Dance Theatre founder, offers advice to artists starting out.

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…

You’re the best

Dear Arts Wisconsin, I’m writing this letter to let you know that I love you.…

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.

Another word

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

Welcome.

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

You’re Among the Greats

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

Moon Shot: Charting Your Path

Charting your path simply comes down to four questions: Where am I now? Where do I want to go? What are the obstacles in between? How do I overcome those obstacles?

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.

When there is a problem, there is a solution

Md. Harun Sheikh (father) and Sahara Md. Sheikh (daughter) who participated at “Doodle with Dad”…

Finding (my) Place

This month has been about all things place. Where is my place in this fellowship?…

Move ahead smartly?

I was fortunate to be in community this past week with so many other creative…

How to Eat an Elephant

Thank you, I believe I am ready to order.  I will have the elephant, please.…

The Ethics of Process

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

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.

I never meant to run anything

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

Why Creative Community Fellows?

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

A purposeful entry point / Why I’m here

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

Building Community By Hand

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

A Journey from Concept to Prototype

“WHO WILL WE BUILD?” This is the cryptic conceptual question that I posed at the…

Weaving into each other: from isolation to creative community

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

The influence of space on community

I’ve been thinking a lot about how space influences interaction between people and communities. The…

Building Communities, Building the Field

Perhaps, like me, you have a mental model of how community development or creative placemaking works or doesn’t work. Let’s talk about these.

Making Innovation Happen

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines what it takes to make innovation happen.

Finding Resources for Innovation

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, answers those who say they don’t have enough money to experiment.

Creating High-Performing Teams

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines the keys to creating high-performing teams.

On the Value of the Arts

Why do the arts matter at all?  For some, the special characteristic of the arts…

Bringing People Together to Improve the Place They Love

The arts are not accessed through a box office or the doors of a symphony hall in Togo, but rather are encountered in the business of everyday life.

Arts as an Engine of Unrest Or, How the Arts Ruined a Perfectly Good Childhood

For many, the power of arts lies in its ability to bring people joy. For me, art matters because of its ability to do just the opposite.

Everything I Know about Why Art Matters I Learned from My 5-year-old

Why do the arts matter? I think everyone already has the answer to this question inside him- or herself. If the answer does not feel immediately obvious, then perhaps it is just time to reconnect with art.

Why the Arts Matter

In honor of Arts Advocacy Day, we at NAS wanted to pull back the curtain…

The Summit at Sundance: Cultural Sector Ideation

We prepared a report that documents the ideas generated and some of the materials used to help participants frame the issues and work on the solutions at our Summit at Sundance.

Making the Argument for Leadership Development

Linda Wood, Senior Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative at the Evelyn and Walter Haas,…

The Possibilities of a Children’s Art Museum

Last weekend my daughter and I spent the morning at the National Zoo. She turns…

Becoming Indispensable

Editor’s note:  As part of our online discussion around The Summit at Sundance, we have invited…

A Framework for Meaningful Engagement

Editor’s note: As part of our blog event for The Summit at Sundance, we have…

Relinquishing Control

Editor’s note: As part of our blog event for The Summit at Sundance, we have…

Building Cultures of Innovation, Embracing Change and Becoming More Foxy

Editor’s note:  As part of our online discussion around The Summit at Sundance, we have invited…

Creating the 21st Century Board

Editor’s note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature posts around the final convening of…

Developing Transformative Employees and Systems

Editor’s note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature posts around the final convening of…