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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.

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.

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…

The duty of community

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

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…

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…

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.

When there is a problem, there is a solution

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

What’s the Matter with “Why the Arts Matter?” 

Arts Advocacy Day is an important event, to be sure. The arts do matter. But, chances are if you’re reading this you’re likely already a believer. Therein lies the problem… or at the very least an opportunity.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is an iterative process that helps you move from having a seed of an idea to a plan for experimenting on a small scale. Using design thinking, which is based in the scientific method, helps you question your assumptions and explore a wide range of possible solutions to the problem you are trying to solve.

What is Creative Placemaking?

This whole conversation began as a means to talk about creative placemaking. What is it?…

Placemaking: Bringing People Together

Connect. Connected. Connecting. Connection. Connector. This is what we heard when we asked our Creative…

Defining Community

How do you define community? This is one of the questions that we asked our…

Creative Placemaking: 35,000-Foot View

We asked our Creative Community Fellows to talk about creative placemaking and the work they…

Laurelin Kruse & Rachel Reynolds Luster: A Conversation

This week we will be featuring conversations with leaders working in communities. Laurelin Kruse and Rachel Reynolds Luster…

The Case for Cultural Fluency

Mikel Ellcessor introduces the concept of Cultural Fluency as a means for establishing genuine community connections.

Relinquishing Control

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

Creating the 21st Century Board

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

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…

Defining Our Value

The recent flurry of articles around the “failure” of the creative class to save our…

Partnerships: From Good to Great

One of the most important responsibilities for any nonprofit is to understand how you can best leverage organizational assets to serve your mission and your constituents. But often, our assets alone aren’t plentiful enough to let us deliver on our mission with the level of impact we’d like.

Stories from the Field: Boston Children’s Chorus

Frederick Douglas once said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken…

What is the role of arts organizations in society?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, stresses the importance of art as a connector and being true to your mission.

Inciting a Free for All: Empowering staff, breaking down silos and changing a culture

Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, arrived at a time when the organization faced substantial internal and external challenges. His response was to created the Fall Free for All – an open house of free music, dance and theater performances – that gave staff a chance to work together on a large-scale project and reconnect with the community in a meaningful way.

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

Watch the following video featuring Mikel Ellcessor, General Manager of WDET in Detroit and a…

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

Terence McFarland, LA Stage Alliance’s former 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.”

Stories from the Field: LA Stage Alliance

Talking to Terrence McFarland about the Arts Census: a way to collect, analyze and access quality data no matter what size our budgets.

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.

Stories from the Field: Intersection for the Arts

Video case story of Intersection for the Arts’ embrace of risk; an in-depth look at some of the challenges, lessons and triumphs of managing change

Why the Arts Matter Now

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

How does an organization manage the succession of its founder?

Andrew Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, stresses the importance of establishing strong communication with the board and with the community.