» The Creative Community Leadership Institute
Leadership Institute FAQ
Who should apply?
Each Institute cohort is an intergenerational group of practitioners who individually bring different perspectives to the work of arts-based community development. Apply for this leadership development opportunity if you…
  • Live or work in Minnesota;
  • Build community and have active community relationships;
  • Have significant experience working in arts and/or non-arts sectors of the community, including but not limited to: advocacy, community-engaged arts, community organizing, creative placemaking, economic development, education, environmental justice, health care, housing, native sovereignty, public policy, public systems, and youth development;
  • Are eager for new experiences, relationships, cross-sector collaborations and potential partnerships with others working in your community;
  • Are ready to engage with new ideas, and transform the way you work to more effectively apply arts-based tools and strategies for community development and community-building;
  • Are willing to step forward and make a difference in your community; and
  • Can commit to the dates and times scheduled for the Institute.

How many people typically attend the Institute
A cohort ranges from 14 to 25 participants. 
What is the background of those leading the Institute?
The core hosts and presenters for the Institute represent a rich diversity of perspectives on the field of arts-based community development. In past years the Institute was led by a team of three faculty: Bill Cleveland, Erik Takeshita and Wendy Morris. The Twin Cities 2017 Institute will draw from a regional pool of leading practitioners and thinkers in the field. Opportunities will be built into the program to co-learn with and from others in the cohort.

Who have been Institute presenters in the past? 
Since 2002, Institute presenters have included:

Jay Bad Heart Bull, President and CEO of Native American Community Development Institute
Christine Baeumler, Associate Professor, Drawing & Painting, Director of Graduate Studies University of Minnesota
Jill Bernard, Improv instructor and performer, founding member of HUGE Theater
John Bueche, Chief Artistic Officer and Executive Director of Bedlam Theater
DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director of Juxtaposition Arts 
Roger Cummings, Artistic Director of Juxtaposition Arts
Justin Huenemann, Northwest Area Foundation Program Officer
Seitu Jones, Artist, and former artist in residence for the city of Minneapolis
Chaka M’Kali, (I Self Devine), Director of Organizing and Community Building at Hope Community
Nicole M. Smith, Artist, organizer, youth advocate, facilitator, educator, and arts administrator
Michael Strand, Associate Professor and Visual Arts Department Head at North Dakota State University
Jun-Li Wang, Artist Community Organizer at Springboard for the Arts

What is the program cost?
Thanks to the generous support the Bush Foundation we are able to offer this program free of charge to selected participants.
What can I expect to gain from the Institute? 
Fellows tell us they come away from the Institute more connected – to colleagues, to the field, to resources, and to themselves. They report being impacted primarily in four ways:
  • a more robust network;
  • deeper knowledge and understanding of the field of arts-based community development;
  • enhanced skills and tools for designing, implementing and sustaining effective arts-based community development efforts; and
  • a personal journey towards increased self-awareness and clarity of purpose - especially as relates to one’s work and the field of arts-based community development.
What happens in the sessions?
The curriculum is a rich composite of collaborative exploration, experiential practice and instruction that includes:  hands-on learning activities, mini-lectures/discussions, critical readings and resources, site visits, case studies, community interactions, writing assignments, creative engagement with artist/practitioners and other presenters from the field, and a laboratory project in which fellows collaboratively design an arts-based community development project.
How much time will participation require?
The program commitment is a total of 80 hours: 40 hours of in-session time and an estimated 40 hours of outside work including reading, and time between sessions which will be spent co-designing an arts-based community development program in a small group (Lab Team)

What is the Lab Team process?
The Institute includes hands-on, action learning experiences.  Each member of the cohort will be assigned to a Lab Team, a small group who will collaboratively design an arts-based community development project. The purpose of the Lab Team is to explore the process of partnership and other topics raised during Institute sessions.  

Is any pre-work required to attend the Institute?
Prior to the start of the Institute Fellows receive a pre-packet of readings and other resources to review in preparation for the first session. Additional readings and resources are required as pre-work for each session.
Where does the Institute meet?

The CCLI Fall 2017 session will take place in the Twin Cities at a variety of sites. In-person interviews for applicants will take place at Intermedia Arts on September 21-22, 2017.

In the past, the program has started and ended at Intermedia Arts. In between, each session is held at a different location, which serves as a case study and example of arts-based community development in action. Past locations have included:
  • All My Relations Gallery
  • Bedlam Theater
  • Homewood Studios
  • Hope Community
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • Mosaic on a Stick
  • Wellstone Center / Neighborhood House
Many of these venues were founded and/or led by Institute Fellows, or have other strong links to the Institute network.

What’s art got to do with it?
Arts-based approaches to learning are embedded throughout the program. The Institute is an arts-infused leadership development opportunity designed to advance the field of arts-based community development in our region.

What is the big, hairy, audacious goal of the Institute?
We are out to change our region - and our world - through a network of creative changemakers who are strategically leveraging arts and cultural assets to foster more capable, healthy and equitable communities.

For more information, contact our Creative Leadership Team at CLDInfo@IntermediaArts.org