» The Creative Community Leadership Institute
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Twin Ports, MN | Fall 2013

In Fall 2013, Intermedia Arts, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts, and in collaboration with the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will train a cohort of 20-25 arts and community development leaders in the Duluth/Superior area through its Creative Community Leadership Institute in as part of a three-year effort to catalyze and connect a regional network of creative leaders in the tri-state region of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Institute sessions offer local leaders and changemakers the opportunity for personal learning, cross-sector relationships, and creative strategies, tools, and practices around the question: How do the arts and community development work together to contribute to capable and caring communities?
Following the Twin Ports Institute, the UMD School of Fine Arts will work in collaboration with its local partners to continue to host, activate, and convene the new Twin Ports creative leadership network. In addition, local network hosts will seek opportunities for Twin Ports fellows to connect to their regional counterparts in the Twin Cities and beyond, bringing together practitioners in the field for conversations, convenings, and opportunities for ongoing connection.

This activity is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bush Foundation.

  • Select up to 25 fellows (approximately half from the community development field and half from the arts/culture field) through an application and selection process based on commitment to exploring new ways of working, experience, and personal development goals;
  • Be led by a core faculty of three highly respected and experienced professionals in the field of community cultural development: William Cleveland, Wendy Morris, and Erik Takeshita. In addition to our core faculty, Intermedia Arts, along with local and regional leaders in the field, will serve as an ongoing resource for fellows;
  • Explore the history and ecology of arts-based community development, the creative process as a tool for change, standards of practice, program creation (design, assessment, advocacy and resource development), and strategies for effective partnerships, adaptive leadership, and sustainability; and
  • Consist of hands-on learning activities, lectures/discussions, critical readings, site visits, case studies, community interactions, writing assignments, creative engagement with guest artists and other presenters from the field, and a laboratory (case study) project in which fellows collaboratively design an arts-based community development project.

This fellowship consists of a full tuition scholarship for graduate-level leadership training in the field of arts-based community development through the Creative Community Leadership Institute, an award value of $3,500 per fellow.

Apply for this leadership development opportunity if you .. 

  • Live or work in the Duluth/Superior area;
  • 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: arts, community organizing, community and economic development, education, health care, housing, native sovereignty, 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 meld community development and the arts in community-building strategies
  • Are willing to step forward and make a difference in your community; and
  • Can commit to the dates and times scheduled for the Institute.


Institute training begins with a period individual reading and study as soon as fellows are accepted to the program in August 2013. The program consists of four two-day training intensives from September-November 2013, and includes a total of approximately 60 hours of class time and 50 hours of additional team-centered field study.

Fellows must be able to attend all program dates and commit to completing all individual and group assignments in order to participate in the program.
July 8, 2013
Deadline to Apply
August 20, 2013
Fellows Announced
October 4-5, 2013
Institute Weekend #2
December 2013
Twin Ports Network Launch!
July 24, 2013
Interviewees Notified
September 5, 2013
Program Orientation
October 25-26, 2013
Institute Weekend #3
August 2-3, 2013
Applicant Interviews
September 6-7, 2013
Institute Weekend #1
November 15-16, 2013
Institute Weekend 4

All program activities and sessions take place in the Duluth/Superior area at various locations throughout the community.

Institute sessions run from 9AM to 5PM on Fridays and from 9AM to 4PM on Saturdays. A program orientation dinner will be held for all fellows on Thursday, September 5th from 6-9PM.

In addition to the program dates listed above, all fellows should anticipate spending an additional 40-50 hours on individual assignments and group projects over the course of the program.