Intermedia Arts’ leadership program, The Creative Community Leadership Institute (formerly ICCD), is one of only a few programs nationwide to provide comprehensive, professional-level training and support for local community-engaged artists and community developers. Led by a core faculty of three of the leading thinkers in the field of community cultural development, Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Institute has trained more than 140 of the region's most active community artists, organizers and developers.
The Creative Community Leadership Institute matches people who work at the intersection of the arts and community development with the tools and experiences to address the social justice issues affecting our communities. Based on the fundamental belief that the future health of communities demands innovative, cross-sector leadership at every level, this innovative experiential training program builds a dynamic network of capable leaders and partnerships over an intensive semester-long program of hands-on workshops and on-site experiences.
Since 2002, more than 140 active and prominent leaders in local arts-based community development and organizing have graduated from Intermedia Arts' leadership institute, including: John Bueche, co-founder of Bedlam Theater; DeAnna and Roger Cummings, co-directors of Juxtaposition Arts; Justin Huenemann, Program Officer at Northwest Area Foundation; Andrea Jenkins, Senior Policy Aide in Minneapolis City Council 8th Ward Office of Elizabeth Glidden; Chaka Mkali (I Self Devine), Director of Organizing and Community Building at Hope Community; Michael Strand, Visual Arts Department Head at North Dakota State University; and Jun-Li Wang, Artist Community Organizer at Springboard for the Arts.
The Creative Community Leadership Institute is a program of Intermedia Arts made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Bush Foundation and the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation. We share a mutual commitment to developing and supporting courageous leaders to work with their communities to identify assets and solve tough problems. In the "new normal," the future health of communities demands innovative, cross-sector leadership at every level.