Tools and Techniques
Designed to supply practical tools on specific issues, choose your own adventure based on the skills you want to gain. Breakouts will include hands-on sessions on managing conflict, community engaged design, storytelling, fundraising, effective partnerships, measuring community outcomes, making the case for arts, and successfully incorporating equitable strategies into your work, to name a few.
TUESDAY, MAY 16
DEEPENING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THROUGH DESIGN
Presenter: Sarah Corlett, Design Impact
Engaging the community in our creative placemaking work in a way that is inclusive of multiple perspectives can be a challenge. In this 90 minute workshop, participants will have an opportunity to learn how a human centered design approach can ensure our work includes as many voices as possible and positions community as co-designers. Led by Design Impact, a non-profit social innovation firm, this interactive and participatory session will give attendees practical tools to apply human centered design to creative placemaking work.
GENERATING RESOURCES: TALKING TO YOUR DONORS ABOUT YOUR WORK
Presenter: Dan Hagerty, Heard Museum
Bold projects can garner fundraising support for additional creative placemaking projects and the institutions behind them. But having the “big idea” isn’t enough. How do you engage individual and institutional supporters to inform, inspire, and motivate them to contribute their money, time and connections? Learn how to leverage and market your exciting programs before, during and after your big project.
JEDI MINDTRICKS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Presenter: Brad Heckman, New York Peace Institute
Whether we're working to resolve a dispute between community partners or a conflict in our personal lives, the tools of mediation are essential to problem solving. In this skills-based workshop, participants will be invited to share experiences that required mediation tactics and learn from each other best practices for conflict resolution. This workshop will touch on personal and professional issues.
TALKING ABOUT THE ARTS SO THAT PEOPLE WILL LISTEN
Presenter: Margy Waller, Topos Partnership
Public awareness of the role of the arts is undermined by deeply entrenched perceptions. Margy Waller, drawing on her research with Topos for a Midwest arts organization revealed that the natural way most people think about the arts is a barrier to considering the arts as an important benefit or tool for successful communities. She'll use her findings to provide you with effective framing to position the arts as a public good.
UNPLUG TO RECHARGE: DEALING WITH THE DISTRACTIONS OF DIGITAL CULTURE
Presenter: Beck Tench, University of Washington Information School
Participants will learn strategies for being intentional with their attention online and off through this half-discussion/half-participation session. Experience ways to make time and space for yourself and others and learn strategies for filling it with practices and people you care most about.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
CREATING CHANGE: ADVANCING AN EQUITY AGENDA THROUGH THE ARTS
Presenter: Milly Hawk-Daniel and Jeremy Liu, Policylink
Across the nation, artistic and cultural practices are helping to create equitable communities of opportunity where everyone can participate, prosper, and achieve their full potential. Learn about how equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools can help achieve communities of opportunity across nine sectors highlighted in a recent report by PolicyLink, “Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer.”
EFFECTIVE PARTNERING: STARTING WITH VALUES, GOALS, AND VISION
Presenters: Michael Rohd, Soneela Nankani, and Shannon Scrofano, Center for Performance and Civic Practice
Collaborative community practice between artists and community development organizations is a foundational aspect of creative placemaking. However, often these partnerships can be fraught with miscommunication and a misalignment of goals if key conversations around values, vision, goals, and developing a shared language aren’t prioritized as a part of the process. Learn about some strategies and lessons from that can inform your own collaborative practice to improve your work in your community.
GETTING TO ACTION: THE ART AND POWER OF STORYTELLING
Presenter: Luis Ortega, Storytellers for Change
This interactive session will help you master the three essential skills needed to create and share a compelling narrative for change: story-listening, story-crafting, and storytelling. We'll explore why empathetic listening leads to great storytelling, how to compose a story board, and best practices for delivering a story to your target audience. You'll even get the Storytellers for Change Starter Toolkit to help you continue practicing storytelling to inspire action.
MEASURING COMMUNITY OUTCOMES: BY WHOM AND FOR WHOM?
Presenter: Assata Richards, Sankofa Research Institute
From community based participatory research methods to technologically advanced data collection tools, choosing the “right” way to measure creative placemaking project outcomes can be overwhelming. (Spoiler alert: there is no one right way!) Join us for a workshop led by researcher Assata Richards, who has a deep commitment to values-driven project measurement and evaluation in the context of community development and social change work.
Our hashtag throughout the summit is #ArtPlaceSummit. For more details and live updates go to the ArtPlace Summit Guidebook App.