Call For Artists!

CSC Facilitating Artist Positions

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

Contract Dates:  July 2019–June 2020 – opportunity to continue

**Required orientation and training Sept. 20th – 22nd**

Compensation: $40-50/hr. (based on training and experience)

 

CSC is hiring facilitating artists in all genres; dance, music, theater, 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. 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 through relationships with youth.

 

Responsibilities:

Facilitating Artists are primarily 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. Facilitating artists are required to complete the orientation and training September 20th-22nd (meals provided), as well as additional orientation and training as needed.

 

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,  with a resume, references, and 3 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.

Gratitude & Generosity

IMG_1954“Gratitude is like breathing in – letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others, and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out – sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally.”  Tara Brach

Team CSC is grateful for another meaningful year of building with passionate, creative, intelligent individuals, organizations, and communities, and the many ways you show up!

Our diverse donors raised over $6000 on Colorado Gives Day. Thank you to everyone who pitched in! In the last days of 2018 we ask for your support in matching that amount and keeping our programs accessible in 2019.

Follow the links below and find out what your dollars can do!

Give Before 1/1/2019 & Receive Gifts of Gratitude:

*All sustaining donors & donations of $100 or more: original print from artist Moe Gram.

*Donations of $250 or more: original Moe Gram print & limited edition CSC T shirt!

*Photo: Jared Cheek repping the new CSC Tee*

Facilitator Training January 2019

Newest Facilitator Workshop

Here’s some excellent news to start your 2019– The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 11th-13th!   Register here to claim your space:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103

At this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.  This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of yourself, 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 and accessible ways, and also learn the antidote: how to achieve liberation!  We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with the amazing new people around us!   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:

“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 explain 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.”
 
There is a clear commitment to continued growth, and this was probably the best training of this nature that I’ve been a part of.”
“LOVED IT! The facilitators were engaging, as was the material. It was reflective and introspective, as well as collaborative and eye-opening.”
The next step is to see for yourself– register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Claim your spot here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103
We meet first on Friday from 6-9pm, then from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Food is provided, and there are plenty of breaks.
If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to e-mail us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com.  We hope to see you in January!

 

Autumn Programs & Events

 

TO Tree10/2: THEATER FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

TUESDAYS | 10/2-11/27 | 6-8PM | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Take a deep dive into creative tools for structural change in this 9 week Theatre of the Oppressed workshop series. Our collective devised work will be shared at a culminating community presentation on November 29. Applicable for individuals engaged with all types of institutions: schools, universities, businesses, organizations, families, communities, collectives…. no experience necessary, all are welcome! 
 
Tuition: $240 Sliding Scale, Scholarship, Work Exchange Options
 
The first workshop on October 2 will be donation based and open to the public, all are welcome!

Register today or get in touch to find out more! 


10/11: Restorative Practice Sessions

Thursday | October 11 | 6-8pm | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Navigating conflict takes practice! These sessions are meant for us to come together in community and practice transforming conflict through restorative practices and circle facilitation. We also aim to build our collective capacity for community accountability. This work has roots in aboriginal and indigenous cultures around the world. It aims to transform relationships, increase safety, heal harm, and build capacity amongst communities. Communities practice in the ways that are specific to them, though the practices have common principles.

Open to the public, all are welcome!

Donation-based. No one will be turned away; any donations really make a difference in continuing restorative practice events and circles.  

10/25 & 11/29: Place Matters Community Cypher Fall Series

ARTS. DIALOGUE. ACTION | GUEST HOST: QUEENZ OF HIP HOP!CSC PLACE MATTERS FALL SERIES-2

These monthly sessions cultivate creative spaces for cultivating community across social divides. The intergenerational events incorporate a wide range of arts (music, spoken word, dance, healing arts, visual arts, etc.) with dialogue and action related to place, history, culture, and identity. The fall series will be co-facilitated by guest host: The Queenz of Hip Hop. Light refreshments are included. Sessions are donation based and open to all, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 
*Made possible in part with generous support from Moew Wolf Denver!
October 25: 6-8pm
November 29: 6-9pm
Light refreshments / Donation Based

11/1 Cervezas for Causes 

Thursday | 11/1  | 6-9pm
Cerveceria Colorado: 1635 Platte St. Denver, CO 80202
Cypher_CPR_2017Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit!

All funds raised from your drink purchases on 11/1 will directly support CSC’s innovative arts and social justice programs in Denver Public Schools. Your support contributes to equitable access to the arts for young people, and equitable pay for local artists!

11/19: Place Matters Performance Event

Blair Caldwell Library 6pm

This event will take place in coordination with the Undesign the Redline exhibit. The 2018 Social Imagination production Place Matters is place-based, happening in non-traditional venues and amplifying their relationship to the shifting landscape of community, culture, and access, both in Denver, and in a more universal sense. Place Matters is an interactive performance, locating the audience in the midst of the story, as an invitation to reckon with diverse perspectives and the roles we play. The cast will explore the complexity and nuance of redlining, gentrification, and displacement through one woman’s story of her family over 3 generations. 

September With CSC!

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CSC is thrilled to be hosting more community events in our space at the Whittier Neighborhood Association Community Center. Please mark your calendars and join us on September 13th, and every second Thursday, for our Restorative Practice Sessions. These sessions are meant for us to come together in community and practice facilitation, transformative justice, community accountability, and restorative systems. Navigating conflict takes practice: this time is about doing so in community. These events are open to the public and donation-based. No one will be turned away; any donations collected go to funding future restorative practice events and circles.

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Join us on September 27th for Community Cypher: Place Matters. Community Cypher includes intergenerational, interactive performances and dialogue around our relationships to the shifting landscape of community, culture, and access, both in Denver, and in a more universal sense. This is an invitation to reckon with the diverse perspectives and roles we play. The heart of the work centralizes our shared humanity and liberation. Free event, sponsored by Meow Wolf!

Creative Strategies for Change. 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B. Denver, CO. 80205

Join us for our upcoming Facilitator Workshop!

Join us for an interactive introduction to the CSC 3 Facilitation Model, integrating social justice frameworks, arts engagement, and restorative practices. This model has relevant applications for navigating challenging conversations in a variety of contexts, incuding classrooms, organizations and communities.

If you are interested in working with CSC, or are considering if CSC’s programs and services might be right for your school or organization, this is a great opportunity to dig in and learn more. 

Group rates are one way to make the workshop accessible for all people. If you are unable to pay the organizational rate, individual rates are also an option for organizations.

Sliding scale, work exchange, scholarships, and group discounts available if needed. Follow the ticket link for details!

Friday, August 3rd: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, August 4th: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, August 5th: 10:00am-5:00pm

REGISTER HERE!