Arts-Based Community Development Events

Bringing Our Communities Together Through Art.

The Community and Public Arts Department at RAC offers programming to continue the training and education of our CAT Institute alumni and to expand the network of community arts practitioners beyond our CAT Institute alumni. These programs range from local workshops, networking opportunities, and mini-conferences to larger convenings that attract attendance from all corners of the world. By offering opportunities for those working at the intersection of art and community to network locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, RAC continues to shape and influence the fields of arts-based community development and creative place-making.

Upcoming Events:

The Art of Social Change: Creating Justice by Examining Our Relationships to Power & Privilege

Explore how we experience power and privilege.  Through visual arts, participants will identify their own social and cultural identities and the impact of identity on one’s attitudes, actions, relationships, and decisions.  Participants will also gain skills on how create a more equitable society. Class members will have the opportunity to:

  • Define power and privilege
  • Understand their own identities and their relationship to power and privilege using the visual arts
  • Assess their strengths and assets when holding with certain identities
  • Learn how they can use their power and privilege to create equitable environments
  • Create Call to Action Plans in order to creating justice in their communities.

Presenters:

  • Sarah Paulsen, MFA
    Artist in Residence, Marian Middle School
  • Stefani Weeden-Smith, MPS
    Program Director, NCCJ St. Louis

Monday March 7, 2016
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63112 map
Registration is required and class size is limited to 35. Register here for $15 General Admission; $25 if social work CEUs are requested.

This program is co-sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission and Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and George Warren Brown School of Social Work. 

 

The Art of Social Change: Artivism – Uniting Art and Activism for Racial Justice and Healing

This interactive workshop will train participants on the practice of artivism (art + activism).  The class includes an introduction to various approaches of sparking creative direct actions, using art as a tool for advocacy and story gathering, and addressing matters of self-care in social justice and social movements. The session will use a racial justice lens in reflection of the current and national movement for Black lives that sparked following the unrest in Ferguson.

You will learn best practices and examine local examples of how creative direct actions have driven change and awareness in the movement. Participants will create prototypes of artworks and receive tools to organize creative campaigns and actions within their respective communities and causes.

Presenters:

  • De Andrea Nichols, MSW, BFA
    Founder and Creative Director, Civic Creatives
    Community Engagement Manager, Contemporary Art Museum
  • Elizabeth Vega
    Founder, Artivists STL
    Owner, R.O.O.T.S Co-op

Thursday May 12, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Washington University, Hillman Hall, Room 120, St Louis, MO 63112
Registration is required and class size is limited to 35. Register here for $15 General Admission; $25 if social work CEUs are requested.

This program is co-sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission and Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and George Warren Brown School of Social Work. 

 

The Art of Social Change: Better Together – Maximizing Community Collaborations

Reciprocal partnerships are key to successful collaborations. This interactive workshop will identify opportunities for long-term integration of arts into reciprocal relationships in a variety of settings. Participants will examine the arch of partnerships from methods for identifying and developing potential partnerships to sunsetting and changing relationships and partnerships over time. Group exercises will give you practice applying these skills.

Presenters:

  • Jenni Harpring, MSW, MAPS
    Assistant Director for Campus and Community Partnerships, Washington University
  • Jenny Murphy, BFA
    Artist, Social Entrepreneur, and CAT Alum
    Founder/Executive Director, Perennial

Wednesday July 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The program will be held on Washington University’s Danforth Campus with location TBA.
Registration is required and class size is limited to 35. Register here for $15 General Admission; $25 if social work CEUs are requested. Preferred registration deadline: July 20, 2016.

This program is co-sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission and Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

Past Events:

THE ST. LOUIS IMAGINING OF THE USDAC
You are invited to join the conversation about art and culture as the catalysts for community renewal, about cultivating the imagination and empathy we need to create a  future we want to inhabit. What would our community be like in 2034 if arts and culture were central to all aspects of our lives? This is an act of collective imagination. Add yours!
Saturday July 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Community Arts Movement Project (C.A.M.P.) 3022 S Cherokee St, St Louis, MO 63118 map

OFF THE CHARTS! 2: DATA AND THE ARTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Attend this full day workshop to explore the possibilities of how data, health, art, and community come together for social change.
Friday, July 18, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Blvd.) map
Please check out our facebook page for more information, and please click here to register. Registration is free and required.

 

In 2010 and 2012, RAC organized two conferences, or convenings, exploring how art and artists will choose to impact our community in the future. Please visit 2010 At the Crossroads: A Community Arts and Development Convening and 2012 Rust Belt to Artist Belt to learn more.

In 2013 and 2014, RAC hosted two workshops, Off the Charts: Data and the Arts for Social Change and Mind the Gap: Stepping into Arts-Based Collective Action. More information coming soon with archived photographs and details about the workshops.