Cross-Currents: Art+Agriculture Powering Rural Economies


Cross-Currents:  Art+Agriculture
powering rural economies
September 3-5, 2014 | Greensboro, NC
JOIN RURAL PRACTITIONERS AND LEADERS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST FOR 3 DAYS OF DIALOGUE, WORKSHOPS + EXPLORATION


OF HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE CREATIVE ARTS AND AGRICULTURE ARE PRODUCING INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES.

ART-FORCE AND THE NATIONAL RURAL ASSEMBLY ARE HOSTING A CONVENING OF RURAL PRACTITIONERS AND LEADERS, ARTISANS AND ARTISTS, ENTREPRENEURS AND PHILANTHROPISTS, POLICY MAKERS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR THREE DAYS OF DIALOGUE, WORKSHOPS, AND EXPLORATION OF HOW PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE CREATIVE ARTS AND AGRICULTURE CAN PRODUCE INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING IN RURAL AND ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES. The conference responds to the need for creative solutions to distressed economies whether in small rural towns, impoverished neighborhoods, or communities without resources and infrastructure.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Artists-artisans-designers, rural leaders and advocates, elected and agency representatives, CSAs and CDCs, food producers and distributors, policy researchers and scholars, entrepreneurs and small business owners who seek creative approaches to ensuring greater quality of life within their communities.

Cross-Currents: Art+Agriculture Powering Rural Economies

A Call for A Shared Digital Town Square


A Call for a Shared Digital Town Square

Jan Cohen-Cruz Caracas
Jan Cohen-Cruz Caracas
Jamie Haft names in her blog initiating this series on Documentation, Archiving, and Communication the misconception that the Community Cultural Development (CCD) field needs “a central digital town square.” While I, too, recognize the value of multiple platforms publicizing stories, news items, essays, manifestoes, et al, for diverse CCD constituencies, we risk bifurcating the field if all communication reflects separate siloes. I propose the additional creation of a CCD Reader — shaped along the lines of the Utne Reader, a publication that “combs the alternative, independent, and digital press for thoughtful journalism, artful storytelling, and emerging ideas.” A CCD Reader could serve as a commons for the regular exchange of ideas across our habitual groupings. To generate such a “digital town square,” we could, say once a year, cull from the multiple publications representing different CCD threads to produce one set of pieces valuable to us all. Read more of this post
A Call for A Shared Digital Town Square

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

From Texas:

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

“A little-known but very interesting government agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and more alive. Whether in Portland, Maine, Pendleton, South Carolina, the Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, or another of the scores of locations that its Our Town program is assisting in all 50 states, the agency believes “creative placemaking” can strengthen “community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” I couldn’t agree more.”

Read the rest here.

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

Community Development Resources


(From Brian Wagner) WESTAF recently convened nine community arts professionals from the western region to examine and discuss current research, opportunities and challenges in our field. With the help of several members Rob Lautz, CDC of California, designed a rich agenda with informative speakers. Those speakers provided a list of recommended readings for the gathering.  It was a great session and I wanted to share the materials that we read as well as the meeting agenda and hope they prove useful to you in your work!
Cultural Policy and Community Development
Introduction to The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives. Carl Grodach and Daniel Silver. Pages 1-19. Routledge: Forthcoming. Preprint version: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33085
Before and After the Creative City: The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy in Austin, Tx. Carl Grodach. Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 34, No.1: 81-97. 2011. http://www.westaf.org/assets/pdf/Grodach.pdf
Creative Placemaking
Arts and Culture at the Core: A Look at Creative Placemaking. NEA Arts, No. 3. 2012. http://www.arts.gov/about/NEARTS/2012_v3/neaARTS_2012_v3.pdf
Arts Education and Community Arts
Unpacking Shared Delivery of Arts Education. Talia Gibas. Blog post on createquity.com. December 3, 2012. http://createquity.com/2012/12/unpacking-shared-delivery-of-arts-education.html
Storytelling and Community Arts
Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling. Joe Lambert. Digital Storytelling Cookbook. Pages 9-24. January 2010. http://www.storycenter.org/storage/publications/cookbook.pdf
Rural Arts
Developing and Revitalizing Rural Communities through Arts and Culture. Nancy Duxbury and Heather Campbell. Small Cities Imprint, Vol 3, No. 1: 111-122. 2011. http://www.westaf.org/assets/pdf/Rural_Arts.pdf
Community Arts and the Public
Evaluating Community Outcomes of Participation in Community Arts: A Case for Civic Dialogue. Margaret Kelaher, et al. Journal of Sociology. April 2012. http://www.westaf.org/assets/pdf/Civic_Dialogue.pdf
Additional Links
The M12 Art Collective: http://m12studio.org/
Piton Foundation’s Floodlight Project: http://floodlightproject.org/en/
Carl Grodach’s forthcoming book on Urban Cultural Policy (Routledge): http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415683784/
Community Development Resources

Two Arts in Healing Opportunities

Cancer, Courage
Creativity

CLASSES RUN EIGHT SEQUENTIAL WEEKS

Living Art of Montana – Missoula Workshops

We provide a comfortable nurturing environment. With respect
for your privacy and to allow for building relationships, it is a
closed group (not a drop-in).

FALL WORKSHOP • Tuesdays September 27 – November 15, 2011
Register by Thursday September 22, 2011
5:30 – 7:30 pm
(September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15)
SPRING WORKSHOP • Wednesdays February 1- March 21, 2012
Register by Thursday January 26, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 pm
(February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 2012)
COST
This workshop is provided free of charge. CCC is made
possible through the generous donations of businesses,
individuals and volunteers. Donations are not expected but
always appreciated. If you are interested in donating to this
program please contact us.

LOCATION
Living Art Studio

REGISTER
Contact
Youpa Stein, MA, RDT
Director Living Art of Montana
406.549.5329 or
Visit livingartofmontana.org or
Warehouse Mall • 725 W Alder, Ste 17 • Missoula, MT 59802
Email ysteinprograms@livingartofmontana.org

Creative Connections
for Cancer Survivors


Living Arts of Montana –Missoula Workshops

3rd Wednesday of Each Month 12—1:30pm

This is a once a month opportunity for cancer
survivors to express themselves through the arts
find connections to self, others and nature.

September 21
Guest Facilitator: Char Houska, RN ~
Breast Care Coordinator, St. Patrick
Hospital
Title: “Flower Pounding: The Use of
Flowers to Dye Fabric or Paper”
Description: Flower pounding is a
traditional technique for transferring leaf &
flower patterns, colors, and shapes to cloth or
paper. You can produce beautiful designs
quickly & easily, with a hammer, fabric or
paper, a few flowers, leaves and/or grasses.

October 19
Guest Facilitator: Michelle Weaver
Knowles, RNC, BSN ~ Certified Breast
Health Navigator at Montana Breast Health
at Community Medical Center
Title: Shibori Dyed Silk Scarves
Description: Shibori is a Japanese word for
methods of dyeing by binding, stitching,
folding, twisting, compressing or capping.
Patterns are created by the type of fabric and
how you manipulate it. Your silk scarf will
be finished at the completion of the workshop
& you can call yourself a fiber artist!

Call if you can ~ it helps with our supply planning ~ 549-5329 or just drop-in for the workshop
Living Art Studio 725 W. Alder, #17 (Warehouse Mall, Missoula)
ysteinprograms@livingartofmontana.org or
http://www.livingartofmontana.org/

See their website for other workshops and dates.

Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios

August 27-28, 2011, 10AM-5PM

Livingston and surrounding area.



•Preview Exhibition: August 23–28

•Opening Reception: August 26 (Art Walk!)

•All at the Danforth Gallery: 106 N. Main



The Park County Friends of the Arts and the 2011 Studio Tour Committee are proud to bring you the annual Park County Studio Tour. This year the Studio Tour spotlights the personal work space of 40 artists. From painters to potters and boat builders, this is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the creative process and purchase original works of art in the private setting of artists’ studios.

The popular self-guided studio tour is held each year over two consecutive days highlighting accomplished regional artists. The tour provides a stimulating context for the public to discover the rich variety of work being produced in the Livingston area. We invite you to come meet some of the talented and renowned artists who make Montana such a creative place to live.

From barn studios in Paradise Valley to lofts in downtown Livingston and workshops outside Wilsall, see first hand how the studio setting inspires the art produced. We hope to meet you on the tour!

Learn more about the tour, tickets, prizes, and the artists:

http://www.parkcountystudiotour.com/?page_id=21

Behind the Scenes – A Tour of Artists’ Studios