ACT Youth Institute is back this October!

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join an in-person month long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet from 4:00pm-6:00pm MST on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from October 18th-November 19th. Here, youth get to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create music based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic. Join us for this amazing opportunity to engage community!

Find more information about registration process here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/october-act-youth-institute-in-person-workshop-series-tickets-179016642597

For further information contact our Program Manager Fati Zulaikha at fati@creativestrategiesforchange.com!

CSC Fall Facilitator Workshop: Registration is open!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place November 5-13, 2021!

Join us for this immersive workshop building relationships and community rooted in racial equity. Engage with incredible tools for understanding and navigating one’s life experience, and build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics. This interactive and impactful experience will grow participants’ knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters. Folks walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of oneself within the larger world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make a unique mark on the world! Our Facilitator Workshops occur quarterly and are registration-based.

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

To register, please go to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169768579391

Questions? Please contact CeCe at cece@creativestrategiesforchange.com

ACT is up next! 9/7-9/20

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join a two week long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet online from 4:00pm-6:00pm MST Monday-Friday from September 7th-September 20th. Here, youth get to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create music based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic. Join us for this amazing opportunity to engage community!

For more information contact our Program Team at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com!

Summer Facilitator Workshop – August 2021

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place August 9-20, 2021!

Join us for this immersive workshop building relationships and community rooted in racial equity. Engage with incredible tools for understanding and navigating one’s life experience, and build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics. This interactive and impactful experience will grow participants’ knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters. Folks walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of oneself within the larger world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make a unique mark on the world! Our Facilitator Workshops occur quarterly and are registration-based.

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

Questions? Please contact CeCe at cece@creativestrategiesforchange.com

CSC is hiring a Program Manager!

Background: Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a small nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. Our programs include: consulting, leadership and professional development, community and youth programs, and interactive performances and workshops. 

Position Description: The Program Manager (PM) is a full time position and part of CSC’s administrative team. The PM is an administrative support role, reporting to the Co-Director of Arts and Education and Executive Director, and working with the facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, and volunteers to maintain and grow excellent programs aligned with the CSC mission, vision, and values. The PM will be responsible for managing the youth and community streams of CSC programs. This position will also support organizational efforts at generating program income, support with grant management, as well as participation in fundraising campaigns and events. 

CSC is a community partner with Denver Public Schools and works with and a wide range of schools and organizations in Denver and beyond. The PM manages coordination and promotion of programs including calendars, organizational systems, communications, electronic, print and live promotion and provides leadership in maintaining, refining, and developing efficient program related organizational systems and procedures, as well as logistical and administrative aspects of our Denver Public Schools community partnership profile and database and all paperwork required by clients. The PM will be the point person for interns, volunteers, and support team to support their scheduling, substitute, contract, and paperwork needs. 

Schedule: 40 hours / week Start Date: Aug 9, 2021 or ASAP: Training Aug 9-20 M-F 9-5 or 10-6, some flexibility. Currently all administrative staff are working in office following strict public health precautions for Covid 19. Staff are encouraged to remain responsive to changes in health metrics. 

Compensation: $40,000-$50,000 Salary (based on hours worked) 

After 60 days of employment (or the equivalent hours) employee will be eligible for health care contributions and paid time off as follows: 

– Health Care Contributions : $400/month (FTE) 

– Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: current max total of 2 weeks per year 

Employee will maintain schedule and discuss any schedule changes with the administrative team with as much advance notice as possible. This position also requires occasional work on evenings and weekends. In that case, employees are encouraged to adjust weekly schedules to balance hours. The priority is for the PM schedule to align with the primary program schedules so they can be available and responsive to folks delivering programs. 

Skills and Qualifications | Program Manager 

● Strong commitment to the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative*. 

● Alignment with organizational operational scope (goals, mission and vision of CSC), clear understanding of the CSC 3 Model (integrating Social Justice Frameworks, Arts Engagement, and Restorative Practices) and ability to implement it in all programs and operations. 

● Minimum 2+ years experience in an administrative role. Program management, arts and nonprofit administrative experience strongly preferred. 

● Expertise with organizational systems and database management, including Microsoft Office & Excel, Google Drive & Calendar, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Mailchimp, Social Media platforms, and now… zoom. 

● Experience with graphic design, social media, and event planning. 

● Strong leadership skills and flexibility to adjust quickly and creatively navigate multiple projects and the administrative challenges of a grassroots nonprofit organization operating in a variety of sectors. 

● Excellent, culturally responsive interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

● Proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.

● Capacity to provide administrative leadership. 

● Work well / compatible with the diverse CSC administration, board, facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, volunteers, team, and community. 

● Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.

● Experience with managing budgets and financial components of program operations preferred. 

● Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice, willing to have hard conversations, give and receive critical feedback. 

● Experience as a facilitator, educator, artist, and consultant. 

Duties and Responsibilities (Deliverables): Program Manager 

● Provide leadership in the management of all CSC programs and events, and other responsibilities as needed. 

● Currently many CSC programs are being delivered virtually through the zoom platform. The program manager will provide tech support for these programs, as well as working with interns, apprentices, and volunteers in this capacity. 

● Build capacity for greater functionality, sustainability, and scalability of CSC programs. 

● Coordinate, observe, mentor, and evaluate volunteers, and interns. This may include: communications, schedules, observation & visitation, resource kits, paperwork, and other components as needed. 

● Manage organizational communications: including social media, website updates and maintenance, print and web based marketing and promotion, artists, facilitators, consultants, volunteers, admin team, board members, and others as needed. 

● Manage and maintain Denver Public Schools community partnership and contracts, maintaining an active and up to date Civic Canopy and Bidnet profile, and other systems as required. 

● Work with the admin team and board on annual organizational budget and strategic planning.

● Program client development, communications, coordination, engagement, and maintenance. 

● Work with Co-Director of Arts and Education to grow CSC youth programs toward greatest responsiveness, constituent leadership, impact and fiscal stability. 

● Support Development Director with grant writing and management to maintain sufficient funding for all programs. 

● Work with YPD to develop fully funded summer programs with a short term goal of 10 hrs / week over 2 weeks, long term goal of 20-40 hours of programming / week over 2-6 weeks. Fee based, corporate sponsors, and/or grant funded. 

● Consistent and reliable use of CSC systems including work plans, task lists, filing systems (electronic and paper), and calendars. 

● Develop, refine, update, improve, and maintain functional and efficient organizational systems, policies, and procedures including calendars, filing, operations manual, regulations and requirements, documentation, assessment, work plans, handbooks, database, etc. 

● Update work plan daily, in real time with long and short term goals, specific hours and tasks. 

● Regularly reference and update CSC Operations Manual to maintain the most relevant and effective document for step by step functionality and ongoing institutional knowledge. 

● Attend monthly CSC board meetings and support relevant committees. 

● Provide ample notification and coverage for responsibilities during time off. 

● Scan emails and publications in the field for current developments, client and community development, grant and funding opportunities, significant events, and conferences. 

● Represent CSC at community meetings, gatherings, conferences, and events. 

● Support new program opportunities, seek opportunities for greater coordination across program streams (youth & adult, school & community, etc.) 

● Support / participation with fundraising events, donor development. 

● Participate in weekly admin team meetings and update work plans for the following week. 

● Participate in leadership, professional development, consulting, assemblies, etc. as schedule and capacity allows. 

● Knowledge of the principles and methods used in community organizing, social justice and diversity education, arts and arts education, youth leadership development, restorative justice, and nonprofit administration. 

● Additional duties and responsibilities as needed. 

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse, creative, leaders of color for all listed positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities. Please send your resume and cover letter to csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com. 

Love for the Long Haul

A Racial Justice and Mental Health Campaign

At Creative Strategies for Change we know that love is at the core of the ongoing struggle for justice. We honor the legacies, the land, the elders, the ancestors that have led us to this moment. We know the path is long and requires consistent tending. We center individual and collective wellness in our work for social justice and racial equity. This is embedded in our restorative practices and rooted in the arts, which continue to hold our hardships and our celebrations, even through the dual pandemics. 

Our summer fundraising campaign is an invitation to be in community, just as we are. Bring your time, talent, and /or treasures and contribute some love for the long haul. Funds raised directly support community and youth programs centering wellness and integrating: social justice, arts engagement, and restorative practices. 

Our campaign culminates at the July Community Cypher Open Mic, July 15 6:30-9 PM (MST), always full of love! All ages/all identities welcome! Hosted by our own Bianca Mikahn; featuring recording and spoken word artist Xavier Hadley. In addition to the performances, there will be fun silent auction items, fantastic vendors, yummy food and drinks, and more!

Support Creative Strategies for Change with:

A silent AUCTION ITEM or SERVICE

A VENDOR TABLE at the event to sell your art, items or services.

A monthly or one-time DONATION in any amount.

ATTEND. Share your ART and bring a FRIEND to our Community Cypher on July 15, 6:30 – 9 PM (MST)

Launching ACT CLC!

The ACT CLC is the Community Leadership Cohort youth track that
provides leadership training and experience for young people
ages 16-24. ACT (Arts for Transformation and Change) Youth
Institute is an arts driven program empowering youth to creatively
respond to the social justice and mental health crisis being faced in
the US. ACT engages youth through activities and exercises focused
on connecting youth to an increased understanding of
themselves and their world. Within the program, participants will
explore trauma informed social emotional learning (personal
care) and draw connections to how individuals activate
regarding themselves and their world (community care).

Need more information? Click here!

To apply, click here!

Launching This Spring: CSC Community Leadership Cohort

Introducing the new CSC Community Leadership Cohort! Friday, April 30, the Spring 2021 Facilitator Workshop will launch a 6 month cohort rooted in collective care for racial equity and mental wellness. After the initial 20 hour workshop diving deep into the CSC 3 facilitation model integrating arts engagement, restorative practices, and social justice, participants will continue to connect and collaborate each week through a series of opportunities with the CSC Team and some extraordinary community partners.

In addition to weekly sessions, Cohort participants will have monthly meetings with a CSC facilitator to support their racial equity and mental health journey through accountability, mentorship, coaching, empathy, and other needs that may arise in the process. The 2021 Community Leadership Cohort (CLC) will culminate with a celebration in early November. Connections will continue to be nurtured through ongoing CSC programs including monthly Alumni gatherings.

The inaugural CLC will be a hybrid of virtual and in person engagements. The first 20 hours of workshop time in April & May will be via zoom. Weekly offerings will be a combination of in person and virtual formats beginning in June.

Our goals for this project include:

  • Increasing individual and collective leadership capacity to promote racial equity,
  • Reducing mental health stigma for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color through arts engagement and restorative practices
  • Increasing access to culturally responsive and relevant mental health resources, spaces, programs and events, especially for BIPOC
  • Build diverse, healthy relationships and networks activated for racial equity.

This program launches April 30th beginning with the Facilitator Workshop.

The dates of the workshop are:

April 30 4:30-8:00pm MST

May 1 10:30am-2:30pm MST

May 2 10:30am-1:30pm MST

May 7 10:30-1:30pm MST

May 8 4:30-8:00pm MST

Are you interested in learning more or applying for the Spring CLC? Apply here!

CSC is hiring an Executive Director

Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice. CSC is rooted in a racial equity imperative – maintaining majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color through every aspect of the organization. Our offerings include: community and youth programs, interactive performances and workshops, consulting, leadership, and professional development. 

The Executive Director (ED) is a member of the team that stewards CSC mission, vision, and values. Our collaborative leadership structure allows each team member to be accountable to one another, not solely the ED as in traditional nonprofit models. As a constituent led organization it is essential that our ED has shared lived experience, represents and reflects our community and especially the most marginalized among us. CSC is seeking a candidate with experience in organizational growth, who knows the value of arts and restorative practice in the work of equity and justice, to guide our devoted, creative, badass visionary team through the journey from start up to sustainable, from surviving to thriving! 

In collaboration with the brilliant staff, board, and community, the ED will galvanize our internal and external commitment to equity, excellence, creativity, and wellness. Current priorities for the position include: 

  • Lead a collaborative process with the staff and board to capture, operationalize, activate, and evaluate our short and long term strategic vision
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and Capacity Building to bolster administrative systems and build organizational capacity centering wellness and equity
  • Support thriving programs in partnership with Co-Directors of Arts and Education as we grow up and glow up
  • Fortify our Restorative System and Human Resource needs for sustainability and growth as individuals and a collective 
  • Grow the constituent-led board of directors, deepen engagement and accountability, improve information sharing and communications between the board and staff and broader community
  • Work with our accountant to manage the organizational finances, and collaborate with the executive committee and administrative team to develop, review, refine, and implement an annual operating budget in alignment with program budgets and needs
  • Lead from the heart, shine light where it is needed, show up for the unpredictable and messy needs of our beloved grassroots organization as we navigate the nonprofit industrial complex and dismantle white supremacy norms with love and creativity. 

Schedule-wise, you’d be looking at 40 hours a week between 8am – 6pm, M-F. (some evenings and weekends will be required). This position is based in the CSC office space at 2900 N. Downing St. Suite 1B. Typically we have 1-2 flex days / work from home days each month. While covid restrictions are in place, we honor individual needs and have all precautions in place, with most staff continuing to work from the office.

Preferred start date May/June 2021.

The salary range is $70,000-$80,000 annually (depending on experience). CSC currently offers the following benefits to all employees, this is negotiable as an area we want to improve and may be able to provide supplementary pay to cover a transition period of onboarding a new health insurance / benefits package.

  • Health Care Contributions : $400/month (FTE)
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month

As an ideal candidate, you…

  • Know that social justice is a lifestyle commitment and align with the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative.
  • Wield the magical skill of aligning organizational scope, with the goals, mission, and vision of a small organization with big ideas.
  • Are not afraid of budgets and operations, and have experience and expertise in the field.
  • Have 3-5 years consecutive experience in an administrative leadership role with nonprofit, arts, or community-based organizations. 
  • Have experience with organizational change and growth, and guiding a committed team through the start up to sustainable experience.
  • Are familiar with some or all of the following: community organizing, performing arts and arts education, youth leadership development, restorative/transformative justice.
  • Know the nimble workings of nonprofit boards, including relationships, development, management, and fundraising. 
  • Recognize that hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel are relational and not transactional aspects of this work, and have experience navigating the balancing act.
  • Are a collaborative communicator! Practiced in culturally responsive interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Are proactive, self-motivated, and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Enjoy working with diverse teams and communities. 
  • Get down with critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Actively engage in restorative practices and conflict transformation, giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Believe in the value of the arts as an expression and foundation to the work at CSC.

This position is not for you if are not willing to disrupt and dismantle the following norms:

  • Perfectionism
  • False Sense of Urgency
  • Value Quantity over Quality 
  • Power Hoarding 
  • Fear of Open Conflict 
  • Defensiveness
  • Paternalism
  • Either / Or Thinking
  • Any other White Supremacy Cultural Norms… 

The work of the ED includes the following tasks and responsibilities…

ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS (Approximately 35%)

  • Collaborative stewardship of the organizational mission, vision, and values.
  • Collaborate with the executive committee, staff, and board of directors to develop and implement an annual and long term strategic plan. 
  • Build organizational administrative capacity and provide leadership for support staff for efficient and effective management and evaluation. 
  • Provide leadership with space and facilities needs, rent, maintenance, relationships, etc.
  • Support thriving programs in partnership with Co-Directors of Arts and Education as we grow up and glow up.

HUMAN RESOURCES (Approximately 20%)

  • Navigate, improve and manage all organizational HR needs, including operationalizing the CSC Restorative System through collaboration with the staff and board of directors.
  • Attend regular staff, board, and team meetings and guide our growth as individuals and a collective. 

BOARD DEVELOPMENT & RELATIONS (Approximately 20%)

  • Provide leadership for the board of directors, including engagement, development, and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Nurture relationships with the board of directors and recruit new board members, especially to fill current gaps.
  • Plan and budget for annual board and staff retreat as an opportunity for community and culture building as well as strategic planning and other administrative / operational needs. 

FISCAL MANAGEMENT (Approximately 15%)

  • Collaborate with the executive committee and administrative team to develop, review, refine, and implement annual operating budget in alignment with program budgets and needs.
  • Build a lasting relationship with the CSC accountant to manage all organizational bookkeeping and finances as required by law and in alignment with CSC mission, vision, and values. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (Approximately 10% – as well as inherent overlap with other focus areas)

  • Nurture new and existing partnerships with cultural, artistic and social justice organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Process information requests from current and prospective donors, sponsors, foundations, and board members.
  • Nurture a culture of integrity with internal and external relationships, developing and maintaining open lines of communication. 

ADDITIONAL TASKS AS NEEDED 🙂

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse women and BIPOC leaders for all positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities. 

If you’re interested in applying, please submit your application here.

ACT Youth Music Institute: March 8th-March 19th

Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join a two week long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet online from 4:00pm-6:00pm MST Monday-Friday from March 8th-March 19th. Here, youth get to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create music based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic. Join us for this amazing opportunity to engage community!

For more information contact our Program Team at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com!

Saturday Writer’s Collective

Check out our newest program, designed and facilitated by our own Justy Robinson (Facilitating Artist and Board Member!)

Be in community with a range of different writers who all gather for the same goal: to enrich the community with the craft of writing and giving space for community to be heard. Join this group virtually for two hours each Saturday morning from the comfort of your own zoom! During this program, each participant spends the first portion of the session exploring a new medium of writing and experimenting in that writing style. The second portion allows for the sharing of works and for feedback.

This program is completely free, however donations are always welcomed and accepted.

To register, please check out our Eventbrite Page or check it out below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/creative-strategies-for-change-10780897692

Have Questions? Email us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

Team CSC is Growing–We are hiring an Executive Director!

Creative Strategies for Change is expanding our team! We are currently hiring for an Executive Director to start in February of 2021, could it be you or someone you know?

Background: Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, in Denver, Colorado, with a mission to mobilize arts and education for social justice, and a racial equity imperative. Our offerings include: community and youth programs, interactive performances and workshops, consultation, leadership and professional development. 

Position Description: The Executive Director (ED) is a member of the team that stewards CSC mission, vision, and values. This dynamic team and community member will be responsible for the efficient administration of day to day organizational operations, budgetary and fiscal matters, organizational development and fundraising, board development and relations, as well as hiring, training, guiding, and evaluating administrative staff.

The ED is a member of CSC’s collaborative leadership team, the Executive Committee consisting of two Co-Directors of Arts and Education and the Board of Directors. The ED’s priorities are maintaining a sustainable organization with a focus on administrative, board, and financial capacity building. The ED will galvanize our internal and external commitment to equity, excellence, and wellness.

Start Date: Preferred start date February 8th (Participation in CSC Workshop is Required)

Compensation:  $60,000-$80,000 annually (depending on experience) plus benefits*

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse women and leaders of color for all positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities. 

Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references (1 personal and 2 professional) to: 

board@creativestrategiesforchange.com

Please include “Executive Director Position” in email subject field

Winter Facilitator Workshop-January 2021

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 29th-February 6th, 2021!

Join us for this immersive workshop building relationships and community rooted in racial equity. Engage with incredible tools for understanding and navigating one’s life experience, and build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics. This interactive and impactful experience will grow participants’ knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters. Folks walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of oneself within the larger world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make a unique mark on the world! Our Facilitator Workshops occur quarterly and are registration-based.

“The artistic expression and interactive games truly highlighted concepts that I otherwise would have had a hard time explaining to constituents in classrooms.”

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

Register above or directly through our Eventbrite page!

Questions? Please contact CeCe at cece@creativestrategiesforchange.com

ACT Youth Institute Winter 2020


Youth ages 13-18 are invited to join a two week long institute focused on arts & social justice. We will meet online 2hrs a day for 10 days (M-F) to connect, explore where we fit into current events and create art based upon our experiences and hopes for the future.

Youth who complete the institute will be paid a stipend and invited to perform or present at Community Cypher, our monthly open mic.

For more information contact our Program Team at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com!

CSC Call For Artists

CSC Facilitating Artist Positions

Part Time | Independent Contractor | 1-5 hours / week

**Required orientation and training Via ZOOM**

Compensation: $30-$60 /hr starting (based on training & experience)

CSC is hiring facilitating artists in all genres; dance, music, elements of hip-hop, spoken word, social imagination, digital storytelling, visual arts, etc. to provide enrichment programs for K-12 students. Seeking candidates who are committed to providing artistic and educational excellence in alignment with the CSC mission, vision, and values.

At CSC, we teach practical frameworks of Social Justice through Arts Engagement and Restorative practices. As a facilitating artist, you will be given the tools to teach an understanding of systems of oppression, social identities, community engagement and more to all school levels. As a facilitating artist, you will have a tremendously positive effect on your community through relationships with youth.  

Responsibilities: 

Facilitating Artists are responsible for independently planning and teaching weekly classes utilizing the CSC Curriculum and Model – integrating social justice frameworks and restorative practices, with arts education. Classes follow a specific structure and allow room for creative liberty, while working with students to develop a culminating presentation or performance. Facilitating Artists are responsible for administering post student assessments, as well as completing weekly planning documents. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the CSC mission, vision, and values.
  • Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice.
  • 2 years experience as a teaching artist in the specified art form, with clear understanding of youth arts education, development, and engagement.
  • Proactive, self-motivated, positive attitude, able to work independently and interdependently with the diverse CSC Team, students, and community.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A passion to learn social, racial, and restorative justice.
  • Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage multiple priorities.
  • Flexibility to adjust and creatively navigate unforeseen challenges.
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive and Surveymonkey preferred.
  • CSC team members are required to participate in the facilitator training once each year. 

To apply for a Facilitating Artist position, please send a cover letter stating your interest in working with CSC and specifying your art forms, along with a resume, references, and 2 examples of your work to csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com. 

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse, creative, leaders of color for all listed positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities.

CSC October Facilitator Workshop

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The Time To Act Is Now!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place October 9th-17th, 2020!

Enrich your fall plans by dedicating this weekend to building wellness-centered skills for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Registration is open, just visit this link:  

At this event, you’ll learn from facilitators who are experts in the fields of equity and social justice, experience facilitation techniques to utilize in your own work/family/community, use incredible tools to understand and navigate your own life experience, as well as build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.

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This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters.

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound ways, and also learn how to achieve the antidote: liberation!

Attendees of the workshop often leave with new friends, networking connections, and an expanded view of their own work in the world.  The folks in the room tend to be from all different backgrounds, professional fields, and each person’s life path adds to the collective experience of the workshop.  For this reason, we recommend past attendees to come again– the group is different every time, and thus, so is the experience.

You’ll walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of yourself and your place in the world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make your own unique mark on the world!

Here’s what some of our past attendees have said:

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“Wonderful. Deep. Creative. Thank you.”

“The workshop was phenomenal and truly a gift. The information present far exceeded my expectations in depth and clarity.”

“The artistic expression and interactive games truly highlighted concepts that I otherwise would have had a hard time explaining to constituents in classrooms.”

“Thank you so much for your creativity. Your content was wonderful, but *how* you taught the content really made an impression.”

“This was an amazing workshop! The facilitators were amazing and the experience proved to be inclusive not just across our identities, but our experiences as well.”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

The next step is YOU – register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Click here to register and claim your spot: 

If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to email us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com. We hope to see you on October 9th!

CSC October Facilitator Workshop

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The Time To Act Is Now!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place October 9th-17th, 2020!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-october-2020-tickets-115903531583

Enrich your fall plans by dedicating this weekend to building wellness-centered skills for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Registration is open, just visit this link:  

At this event, you’ll learn from facilitators who are experts in the fields of equity and social justice, experience facilitation techniques to utilize in your own work/family/community, use incredible tools to understand and navigate your own life experience, as well as build skills to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.

This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of self, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters.Screen Shot 2020-07-24 at 7.36.26 PM (1)

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound ways, and also learn how to achieve the antidote: liberation!

Attendees of the workshop often leave with new friends, networking connections, and an expanded view of their own work in the world.  The folks in the room tend to be from all different backgrounds, professional fields, and each person’s life path adds to the collective experience of the workshop.  For this reason, we recommend past attendees to come again– the group is different every time, and thus, so is the experience.

You’ll walk away with new creative facilitation techniques, a fresh understanding of yourself and your place in the world, knowledge of social justice and restorative practices, new language to use around tough topics, and the confidence to make your own unique mark on the world!

Here’s what some of our past attendees have said:

“I’ve been in a lot of virtual webinars, classes and meetings and I have to say this was the most engaging, thoughtful and creative experience on Zoom yet!”

“Wonderful. Deep. Creative. Thank you.”

“The workshop was phenomenal and truly a gift. The information present far exceeded my expectations in depth and clarity.”

“The artistic expression and interactive games truly highlighted concepts that I otherwise would have had a hard time explaining to constituents in classrooms.”

“Thank you so much for your creativity. Your content was wonderful, but *how* you taught the content really made an impression.”

“This was an amazing workshop! The facilitators were amazing and the experience proved to be inclusive not just across our identities, but our experiences as well.”

“All of the creative practices were meaningful and powerful from the beautiful rituals that were employed to the fun and energizing exercises and games we experienced. The sharing in circles were very meaningful and within this particular group I experienced a wonderful healing energy and beautiful expression of blended peoples voices and hearts.” 

The next step is YOU – register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Click here to register and claim your spot: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-october-2020-tickets-115903531583

If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to email us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com. We hope to see you on October 9th!

Community Cypher Featuring: ACT Institute

Community Connection

“Community Cypher”is energy packed celebration of intentional art and connection! This is a call for people of any age to join in a space of solidarity and exchange. Part open mic, part party, part workshop all focused on enjoying safe creative space together. Come dance, vent, sing, share poems, and get involved in the community conversation. Or just come vibe and witness the greatness being shared! This event is all ages. A donation of $10-20 is suggested but none will be turned away, all are welcome! This month’s Community Cypher features special people from ACT Youth Institute. They’re geared up to share their works with us, drop by and share yours too! Donations made during this event will go to helping us fund more Youth Programs like the ACT Institute. As always, ALL STYLES, ALL AGES, ALL ABILITIES, ALL LOVE! Check out this link to save your virtual seat.

What is the Community Cypher like?

“We want to share love, and we want to share joy. And we also have to process all the other parts because otherwise, whatever we’re doing, it ain’t real. It’s not authentic unless we’re processing all the things.”

“Awesome vibes, great community, beautiful leadership.”

“Beautiful, loving space.”

“Really enjoyed it.”

“Awesome.”

“A+”

CSC Presents: Arts for Change and Transformation

ACT is a series of workshops connecting the community to social justice themes. Participants will engage in workshops, open mics, and audio composition/recordings. This program is not only designed to connect the community to social justice but, to keep the youth connected to each other during these uncertain times.

This two-week virtual program takes place from August 10th-August 21st for two hours a day, Monday through Friday.


To register for the ACT Institute or for general questions, please email us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.

Interested in being a Co-Youth Facilitator for ACT? Check out our job posting!

CSC IS HIRING A YOUTH CO-FACILITATOR

CSC Youth Co-Facilitator Artist Position

Part Time | Independent Contractor | Ages 18-24 |

Contract Dates: August 10-21, 2:00PM-4:00PM MST 

Compensation: $30-40/hr. (based on training and experience)

CSC is seeking a young leader to support workshops for our ACT Youth Institute. We are looking for a Youth Co-Facilitator who is committed to providing artistic and educational excellence in alignment with the CSC mission, vision, and values. CSC also has occasional opportunities to participate in performances and workshops outside of regularly scheduled enrichment programs. 

At CSC, we teach practical frameworks of Social Justice through Arts Engagement and Restorative practices. As a facilitating artist, you will be given the tools to teach an understanding of systems of oppression, social identities, community engagement and more to all school levels. As a facilitating artist, you will have a tremendously positive effect on your community.  

Responsibilities: 

The Youth Facilitating Artist will be responsible for supporting planning and teaching the ACT Youth Institute, running over the course of 2 weeks utilizing the CSC Curriculum and Model – integrating social justice frameworks and restorative practices, with arts education. Workshops follow a specific structure and allow room for creative liberty, while working with students to develop a culminating presentation or performance. Facilitating Artists are responsible for administering post student assessments, as well as completing weekly planning documents. Facilitating artists are required to complete the orientation and training 

Skills and Qualifications:

·   Commitment to the CSC mission, vision, and values.

·   Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice.

·   Interest in and/or experience as a teaching artist in the specified art form, with clear understanding of youth arts education, development, and engagement.

·   Proactive, self-motivated, positive attitude, able to work independently and interdependently with the diverse CSC Team, students, and community.

·   Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·   A passion to learn social, racial, and restorative justice.

·   Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage multiple priorities.

·   Flexibility to adjust and creatively navigate unforeseen challenges.

·   Working knowledge of Google Drive and Surveymonkey preferred.

·   CSC team members are required to participate in the facilitator training once each year. 

To apply for a Youth Facilitating Artist position, please send a cover letter stating your interest in working with CSC and specifying your art forms,  with a resume, references, and examples of your work to bianca@creativestrategiesforchange.com. Please visit the website to learn more about the organization, and don’t hesitate to contact!

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse, creative, leaders of color for all listed positions. Creative Strategies for Change is committed to a policy of equitable representation across the organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ability status, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, or other social identities.

Spring Virtual Workshop Series

CSC Spring Virtual Workshop Series 2020

REGISTER TODAY BY CLICKING ON THE EVENTS BELOW!

Come connect and exchange creative wellness strategies in celebration of Mental Health Month!

We will utilize music, freewriting and other tools to foster a space of rejuvenation. People participating will receive culturally responsive facilitation honing the opportunities available for centering self and others.

DONATION BASED. Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn.

Explore the arts as a tool for communication and change in this interactive zoom workshop

Social Imagination describes our human capacity to connect across our differences and not only build empathy and understanding, but take action for equity and justice.

Experiment with creative activities and facilitation tools in this trauma informed workshop for facilitators, educators, artists, social workers, and anyone navigating challenging conversations and topics in the current zoomisphere.

Bring your whole self, there will be room for movement and somatics, emotions, ideas, and questions. Come together and get creative as we navigate individual and collective wellness in this time of unprecedented uncertainty.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn and Rachael Sharp.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

6/4: 4-6PM MST: RACIAL EQUITY FOUNDATIONS 

Dive into key concepts, terms, and tools for combatting racism and cultivating racial equity in this interactive zoom workshop.

Racial Equity Foundations is a primer introductory workshop that starts at square one. Defining race and relevant terms, understading how structural racism functions, addressing specific issues in the time of Covid-19, and engaging tools for equity. This is a great opportunity for facilitators, educators, artists, social workers, and anyone ready to begin the journey toward racial equity in your work and your community.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn and Rachael Sharp.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

6/9: 4:30-6:30PM MST: CHECK YOUR HEAD: CREATIVE TOOLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Explore the arts as a tool for mental health in this interactive zoom workshop.

This interactive program creates a safe environment to identify mental health needs and explore issues such as identity, conflict navigation, and stress, through the use of creative art and self-expression. CYH incorporates artistic practices from journaling and lyric writing to painting and drawing.

Facilitated by Bianca Mikahn.

Sliding Scale Tuition, Scholarships May Be Available.

CSC Workshops and #GivingTuesdayNow

CSC is busy applying for emergency relief funds and adapting all of our programs to virtual formats. Check out our list of offerings and our virtual workshop series kicking off May 19.

 “I learned about culture. I also learned about teamwork. I also learned about how people are different and how we can appreciate that. I also learned that I can express myself in front of others and be proud of who I am. I also learned that people can have a different perspective than you but it’s okay.”  – CSC Middle School Student

We know that meaningful arts programming, social-emotional learning, communication and conflict navigation skills are especially important for our young people right now. We are working on creative ways to fund our innovative and impactful youth programs in lieu of standard school funding. Our goal is to not only stay open, but to continue to provide our programs for our constituents, and support the talented and diverse team of artists who work with us as independent contractors. In addition to working with the foundations that support us, and applying for emergency relief, we are asking our supporters like you to contribute in any of the following ways. If you are reading this on May 5, it is #GivingTuesdayNow, a great time to give if you can!

Colorado Gives: Give what you can anytime, every dollar counts!

Mixtape – Bandcamp: Make your donation and purchase the mixtape.

Social Imagination 5/19: Register or Donate for CSC’s Virtual PD Workshop Kickoff!

You can also give through cashapp $CreativeStrategies or send a check to: CSC 2900 N. Downing St., Suite 1B, Denver, CO, 80205.

We are so grateful for your support of CSC’s work for justice and equity, it is as essential as ever during this pandemic!  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or would like to connect!

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CSC Response to Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Creative Strategies for Change Response to Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Local and national response to the Coronavirus public health crisis is changing daily. CSC has been in regular communication as a team, and with our school and community partners and clients. We are centering collective care and responsiveness. CSC is following all public health guidelines from the CDC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), and doing our part to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the virus. We are also giving special attention to our community’s mental health needs at this time and encourage extending extra patience and compassion for ourselves and one another while anxiety and fear are heightened. See additional resources below.

This time is very challenging for grassroots and arts organizations like CSC. We are working on balancing our response to immediate needs and long term preparedness. With so many changes facing us every day, many in our team are directly affected. Our work typically happens live and in person, and our team of artists and facilitators are at the heart of CSC. While we are adapting to changes and implementing virtual options whenever possible, we are also raising funds to support lost wages as school closures and program cancellations become standard practice.

Please consider contributing to the CSC Artist Fund.

Beginning March 16:

CSC offices are closed. All staff are working remotely until April 17. We will follow further public safety and social/physical distancing protocols as they are announced. Staff will be available during regularly scheduled hours by email and phone. Please call or email if you have questions, need support or resources.

All CSC Community Programs scheduled in March will be facilitated virtually!

Thursday, March 19, 6:30-9:00pm: Community Cypher Open Mic – Featuring Franklin Cruz. 

This will be an adventure! Content will be responsive, joy will be catalyzed, DEI and mental health resources will be available. Link and details posted on facebook.

Tuesday, March 31: Mental Health First Aid – Youth (Abridged)

This will be a short mental health workshop instead of the full day training, which will be postponed. Content will be responsive. Time and format TBD. Updates will be posted on eventbrite.

April updates will be posted.

Resources: There are so many resources out there, we will share just a few links. 

NATIONAL 

Principles for Ethical Cancellation – important considerations and alternatives when cancelling events

Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center – news and resources for the arts and culture field

Mental Health Resources

COLORADO

The Chinook Fund – scroll to the bottom of the page for resources with a DEI lens.

Meals for Colorado Students

Colorado Cross-Disability Resources

Colorado Emergency Childcare

CSC Artist Fund