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Core Faculty

William Cleveland, core faculty and co-founder of Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute, is a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art In Other Places and Making Exact Change and Art and Upheaval: Artists at work on the Worlds Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. Activist, teacher, lecturer and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Established in 1991, CSA&C works to build new working relationships between the arts and the broader community specializing in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships, and training for artists, and their community and institutional partners. The Center works with artists and arts organizations, schools, human service and criminal justice agencies, local and state government and the business and philanthropic organizations. Bill’s 25-year history producing arts programs in cultural, educational and community also includes his leadership of the Walker Art Center's Education and Community Programs Department, California's Arts-In-Corrections Program and the California State Summer School for the Arts.  He has also been an Assistant Director of the California Department of Corrections and worked as a youth services counselor and resident artist under the auspices of the Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Employment and Development Program.  His most recent book, Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change, was published in 2010. His CD, Songlines, is based, in part, on stories from Art and Upheaval.

Wendy Morris, M.A., core faculty and co-founder of Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute, is a pioneering leadership educator, coach and consultant who works at the intersections between different sectors and cultures. She teaches at premiere leadership venues internationally, such as ALIA Institute in Nova Scotia, where she helps change makers learn how to be more adaptive, innovation and effective in complex environments. She is currently an Executive Leadership Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership, (a collaboration between the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management). With colleagues from the Art of Hosting network, she has helped introduce collaborative leadership to hundreds of community leaders. In May 2012, in association with the Bush Foundation, she and a team of colleagues launched the Social Innovation Lab, a series of network weaving and co-learning events in Minnesota that brought 250 regional change makers together in the inaugural month. She is also an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. Wendy’s work has been recognized by more than 25 awards for excellence in leadership, interdisciplinary practice and artistic production including major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work and life are informed by over 19,000 hours of training in mindfulness and body-mind integration.

Erik Takeshita, core faculty and co-founder of Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute, is passionate about pursuing and promoting the use of art and culture to empower communities of color and develop stronger communities.  He has two decades of experience in the non-profit and public sectors providing strategic planning, program development, project management and leadership development to a wide range of organizations. He directed an art center in Honolulu, HI focused on using the arts to help revitalize downtown/Chinatown and has taught arts-based approaches to community development at the University of Hawaii in the Urban and Regional Planning Department and the University of Minnesota Urban Studies Department. Previously, Erik served as a Senior Policy Aide to the Mayor of Minneapolis and worked in the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program.  Erik holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Masters in Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is currently a Senior Program Officer for Twin Cities LISC and a private consultant.