Learning cohort for artists, culture bearers and community leaders, with offerings in St. Cloud, MN, Rapid City, SD, and Fargo, ND. DEADLINE: March 9, 2020.  https://www.creativecommunityinstitute.org/


Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) is an intensive, in-person, cohort-based training program with real-world practice for artists, culture bearers, community organizers, community development practitioners, and other leaders seeking to deepen their impact in creative community building.

In 2020, CCLI will host three cohorts, one each in St. Cloud, MN; Fargo, ND; and Rapid City, SD. This year, the Rapid City, SD cohort will be limited to enrolled tribal members and people who live or work directly in Native communities.

Each cohort will meet in person for three intensive weekend sessions over five months from May-October 2020. Participants must attend all 3 sessions (in one location), which occur Fridays 2:00pm-9:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am-6:00pm, and Sundays 9:00am-2:00pm on the following dates:

St Cloud, Minnesota
Session 1: May 15-17
Session 2: July 17-19
Session 3: October 9-11

Fargo, North Dakota
Session 1: May 29-31
Session 2: July 31 – August 2
Session 3: September 25-27

Rapid City, South Dakota
Session 1: June 12-14
Session 2: August 21-23
Session 3: October 16-18

CCLI is designed to support and challenge participants to be stronger leaders to make meaningful change that positively impacts community.
Institute content during sessions and in-between session work, such as readings or assignments, includes:

  • Identity/self-awareness as community member – what are your values, strengths, passions and capacities? Where do you want to grow and expand? What do you have to share and teach others?

  • Understanding systems and context – what is the history of a place, who are the people and what are the systems at play? How do we understand them in order to create change that leads to healthy and equitable communities? We offer a critical lens framework to understand and become more adept at challenging systems of oppression.

  • Practical tools and techniques in community building such as visioning, group decision-making, communication strategies and conflict management.

  • Real-world practice – each participant will receive $500 to plan and implement a micro-project to “try a little something” back home to further their work in community.

  • Cross-sector connections – to each other, to CCLI alumni and other leaders in the region, and to the larger field of creative community building.

  • Resources – learning materials including guides, toolkits and articles.

Sessions will be led by a team of co-facilitators
from the three partner organizations, guest presenters, alumni of CCLI, and site hosts. Alumni of CCLI will be invited to learn and network with the new cohort participants through shared events and activities.

This Institute is FREE for participants. Some travel and lodging funds are available based on the number of participants requesting support.

CCLI is co-led by Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), Racing Magpie (Rapid City, SD), and Springboard for the Arts (St. Paul and Fergus Falls, MN). CCLI is made possible through generous support from the Bush Foundation.

Read the
CCLI application guidelines and apply here.

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