Upcoming Event: Community Cypher Featuring Jelie!

Creative Strategies for Change is proud to present “Community Cypher”, an 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, all love focused on enjoying brave creative space together. This event is all ages. A donation of $5-20 is suggested, all are welcome! Your donations of any size keep this programs open and accessible to all! Community Cypher occurs monthly and is donation based.

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-cypher-open-mic-tickets-384217022457?aff=erelexpmlt

Get To Know Jelie:

Bradlie Jones who goes by the moniker of Jelie is a multi-talented rapper and producer who is at the fulcrum of an evolving Hip Hop scene. Jelie pronounced “Jel-eye” is a very different and uniquely wired musician who isn’t afraid to break the rules and push the boundaries of our perception with her deeply layered lyricism and well-crafted production. Born and raised in Denver Colorado, Jelie has a drive, a focus, and a tenacity that will lead her to become a relentless and unstoppable force in the independent Hip Hop circuit. Jelie is making music that is driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, and tell her story her way.

Jelie grew up as a musically inclined child. She would freestyle over instrumentals and play rapping video games. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Arts and music is the vehicle by which she expresses herself authentically. She writes lyrics that draw from her experiences and by using her musical acumen she articulates stories and shared perspectives that will connect with audiences across the spectrum. Jelie combines various unique and experimental sounds with her intricate wordplay and often dabbles in contrasting flows resulting in Hip Hop-centered fusions that are still firmly stitched together by emotive undertones. Jelie cites icons such as Missy Elliott, Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung as pivotal influences in her music. She also draws inspiration from her family. Her autistic brother and sister are at the center of her motivation and heart. This all culminates in Jelie producing an enjoyable, and easygoing musical experience that is authentic and grounded in reality. Her overarching ambition is to empower people through her gift. She is driven by the desire to share emotion through music and to impact lives in a positive way. She has a deep-rooted passion and loves working with people who are perceived as disadvantaged, the elderly, the young, and the disabled.

Her talents have garnered her many opportunities to impact lives as she hosted a Ted Talk to help artists and youth grow in business. She also performed on SXSW and has multiple projects in her repertoire. Her most notable projects include two EPs titled “T Virus” and “H Virus” as well as the singles “At All Costs” (2020) and “Miss Me” (2021). Jelie will be releasing her latest single titled “Light Bender” which drops with a video and will showcase her distinct lyrical and storytelling prowess. The song will take listeners on a journey through various emotions and bring them to a place where they can escape the world and be lost in the music and be immersed in a very unique style and sound. . Her bars are cold and knit together by emotive and expressive punchlines. Her effortless intonations are accentuated by a skillfully resonated and power-packed voice. She possesses a modern-day hip-hop aura and delivers her rhymes in a cadence that crescendos with spellbinding emotive undertones. Jelie is on her way to becoming a musician that will continuously change the status quo of the industry. Her upcoming projects will highlight her passion and love for authenticity and vulnerability in her writing. She explores various themes by delving deeper into the emotions that encompass the human psyche. The talented enigma is here to reshape and leave an indelible mark in the industry.

If you want to know more about Jelie check out her website.

This is a in person event located at 2900 N Downing St #1b, Denver, CO 80205. Be sure to checkout our Facebook page to see upcoming events.

Now Hiring: *Youth Program Director* and *Community & Youth Program Coordinator*

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.

Picture by EB PIXS from CSC production of Reckoning

Youth Program Director

Position Overview: The Youth Program Director (YPD) is a leadership role, working with the facilitators, artists, consultants, and the Community and Youth Program Coordinator (CYPC) to maintain and grow excellent programs aligned with the CSC mission, vision, and values. This position has full autonomy to make decisions regarding all budgetary and programmatic components of all CSC Youth Programs, within the scope of the CSC mission, vision, and values. The YPD will be responsible for administration and management while working with the Lead Facilitating Artist on development and design of CSC youth programs, including both community and school based programs. This is a long term position, with extensive growth opportunities. This position is also responsible for maintaining the budget and assuring sufficient income for program sustainability and growth. This includes leadership with generating program income, grant management (narratives, resources, etc), as well as participation in fundraising campaigns and events. 

Skills and Qualifications | Youth Program Director

  • 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.
  • 3+ years experience in administrative role, nonprofit arts administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • 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 not only administrative leadership, but ongoing mentorship, education, and training for youth program artists and facilitators. 
  • Established experience with youth program and curriculum development and design. Experience with integration of the CSC 3.
  • Work well / compatible with the diverse CSC administration, board, facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, volunteers, team, and community.
  • Is practiced in and committed to anti-oppression.
  • Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of organizational systems and database management, with proficient computer skills including expertise with Microsoft Office, Excel, Google Drive, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Mailchimp, and Social Media platforms.
  • Sound foundational knowledge and experience with grant management, fundraising, and client and donor engagement and development. 
  • Expertise with managing budgets and financial components of program operations. 
  • Expertise with organizational systems and database management, and proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Drive & Calendar, Zoom, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Network for Good, and Social Media platforms.
  • Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice, willing to have hard conversations, give and receive critical feedback.
  • Experience with graphic design, social media, and event planning preferred.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

Compensation

  • $55,000 -$67,500 Annually (based on experience)
  • After 60 days of employment (or the equivalent hours) employee will be eligible for health care contributions and paid time off as follows:
  • Paid Holidays (floating as needed)
  • Health Care Contributions : $400 / month
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: max total of 2 weeks per year 
  • CSC is in the process of improving our employee benefits!

Community & Youth Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator will report to the Director of Arts & Education, and also support the Youth Program Director and the Lead Facilitator with a commitment to the integrity of the collaborative leadership model. This role will also work with the administrative team, artists, and consultants to express and actualize the mission, vision, and values of the organization. 

Skills and Qualifications | Community & Youth Program Coordinator

  • Commitment to the CSC mission, vision, values, and racial equity imperative.
  • Able to align the organizational operational scope with the goals, mission and vision of CSC, clear understanding of the CSC 3 Model and ability to integrate it in day to day work.
  • Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice.
  • Strong leadership skills and flexibility to adjust quickly and creatively navigate multiple deadlines and the administrative challenges of a grassroots startup organization.
  • Knowledge of organizational systems and database management, with proficient computer skills including expertise with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Zoom, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Canva, Network for Good, and Social Media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Relevant experience with non profit arts administration, ideally 2 + years. 
  • Relevant experience working with artists, ideally 2+ years.
  • 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 /or nonprofit administration.
  • Proactive, self-motivated and able to work independently and interdependently.
  • Excellent administrative qualities including team management and programmatic logistics
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit school sites and pick up relevant supplies.

Compensation

  • $40,000-$52,500 Salary (based on experience)
  • 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 (FTE)
  • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: max total of 2 weeks per year
  • CSC is in the process of improving our employee benefits!

Make Art, Make Change, and Make Money

Summer ACT (Arts for Change & Transformation) Institute Registration is open to youth ages 13-18, Sign up to our two week in person workshop today!

Join us virtually at 4pm-6pm, August 8th-19th Monday through Friday, for our ACT Institute. This summer, participants engage in activities and exercises focused on an increase understanding of themselves and their world.

We explore complex and necessary topics such as: culture, influence/bias, stress, place matters, identity matters, oppression, conflict management, and art activation.

Upcoming Events: Community Cypher Featuring Kerrie Joy!

Creative Strategies for Change is proud to present “Community Cypher”, an 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, all love focused on enjoying brave creative space together. This month, Thursday June 16th at 6:30pm, we will be centering all things Juneteenth, Pride and Black Pride! This event is for all ages. Your donations of any size keeps these programs open and accessible to all! Community Cypher occurs monthly and a donation of $5-$20 is suggested but not required to participate.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-cypher-open-mic-tickets-355221054737

Get To Know Kerrie Joy:

Kerrie Joy is a poet, singer/songwriter, storyteller, educator, and revolutionary. Born in Brooklyn and raised on a church pew in Newburgh, NY, Kerrie brings her east coast flare and fervency to the stage for every single performance. The truth of her words and the power of her delivery have been said to lift her listeners out of their seats. It is that same magic that has brought her to stages such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater, TEDx MileHigh, the 2018 Denver Womxn’s March and MLK Marade, and many more. Kerrie channels her creativity through poetry, hip hop, song, short story, graphic design, and fashion. She uses these artistic mediums as vehicles to spread consciousness, inspire civic engagement, and plant seeds of self-actualization. Kerrie has partnered with organizations such as Project VOYCE, Tennyson Center for Children, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Bro. Jeff’s Cultural Center, the American Heart Association, Clayton Early Learning, and more, to serve as an organizer of ideas through creative delivery. She teaches each audience how their individual creative offerings help fortify culture and build collective power when done in true collaboration…or as she likes to say it, she simply “do[es] dope sh*t with friends” and shares that magic with everyone willing.

If you want to know more about Kerrie check out her website.

This is a in person event located at 2900 N Downing St #1b, Denver, CO 80205. Be sure to checkout our Facebook page to see upcoming events.

*Hiring* Operations Coordinator

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 and professional development, community and youth programs, and interactive performances and workshops.

Picture by EB PIXS from CSC production of Reckoning

This position is responsible for supporting the organizational effectiveness and coalescing of our organizational alignment in achieving the mission and vision of Creative Strategies for Change.

Job Description

This position coordinates with external vendors, constituents, and community partners which invites excellent organizational capabilities, effective communication, accounting, and project management experience. The role will ensure timely completion of various operational duties, such as process development and implementation support, account management, change management, equipment maintenance, and special projects as assigned. The Operations Coordinator will report to the Executive Director. 

Qualifications

  • Passionate about Creative Strategies for Change’s mission, vision, and core values.
  • Experience/expertise in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion preferred.
  • Experience/expertise in trauma-informed care preferred.
  • Experience/ expertise with restorative justice, restorative practices, restorative circles, and
    systems preferred.
  • Working knowledge of book-keeping accounts payable, and account receivable is required.
    QuickBooks experience is strongly preferred.
  • One to three years of administrative and operations experience or nonprofit management is preferred.
  • Excellent proactive planning abilities, attention to detail, organizational problem-solving, and
    critical thinking skills to develop strategies that help overcome organizational challenges and
    enhance the organization’s growth and alignment with our mission, vision, and values.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who identify with the global majority
  • Demonstrated strong communication, presentation, and facilitation skills
  • Project planning, change management, and evaluation skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and video conferencing tools
  • Able to self-manage, anticipate problems, recommend solutions, and prioritize multiple projects
    and competing priorities with little or no supervision.
  • Flexible, innovative, highly comfortable with ambiguity, and demonstrated ability to work
    independently as well as part of a team
  • Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience preferred; not required
  • Reliable form of transportation, vehicle, and updated registration and insurance; required
  • Ability to lift 25-50 lbs to shoulder height required

Compensation

  • $40,000-$52,500 Salary (based on hours worked and experience.)
    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)
      Note: The organization is currently looking into health benefits, and these may be offered in the future.
    • Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month in addition to paid holidays

Community Leadership Cohort Spring 2022 is Inter-generational!

Applications are open for our Spring 2022 Community Leadership Cohorts! This season, both youth, and adult, cohorts will engage in Community and Creative Pathways, alongside the CSC team and amazing community partners, such as Urban Sanctuary. These pathways will provide participants with an intergenerational lens.

Keep scrolling to find out more about our Spring 2022 Youth and Adult Community Leadership Cohorts.

YOUTH MAKE MONEY BEING CREATIVE WITH CSC!

Apply to be a part of our Spring CLC-Youth cohort here!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K2HMQ35?fbclid=IwAR1_GuDGf2URqq-5BjW1rFZdfAL4iVXW0KFZTXWYk0nyHUU06UUH_x3Vevw

Arts for Change and Transformation (ACT) Institute: Youth Community Leadership Cohort is a two week institute followed by 6 months of engagement connecting you to community and social justice themes while offering support to your efforts both creatively and financially. Participants will engage in workshops and art creations (such as but not limited to, open mics and audio composition/recordings, visual arts etc) which embody social justice, individual/collective healing of trauma, and social-emotional learning. We are going to practice being the change we wish to see in the world and connecting to amazing spaces doing the work.

May – October 2022 participants will continue to connect and collaborate each week through a series of opportunities with the CSC Team and some extraordinary community partners, including Urban Sanctuary. In addition to monthly group meetings, Cohort participants will have monthly coaching 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. Participants will have access to ongoing CSC programs including monthly Alumni gatherings after the completion of the cohort. 

ACT Institute participants must receive resource kits and attend virtual workshops.

If accepted into the CLC cohort, participants will commit to;

-Three coaching sessions to be scheduled with facilitators between April-Sept.

-Three Community Pathway events (Yoga or Farming)

-Three Creative Pathway events (Audio Production or Creative Movement)

-Youth Community Leadership Monthly Gathering

Community Leadership Cohort | Spring 2022

The Creative Strategies for Change Adult Community Leadership Cohort (CLC) is designed to cultivate a network of local champions for racial equity and addresses mental health challenges and stigma facing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color residents in Denver. Through a dynamic combination of programs, CLC creates a continuum of arts and education for community care and leadership development responding to the overwhelming challenges BIPOC face in today’s climate.

Friday, May 13, the Spring 2022 Facilitator Workshop will launch a 6 month cohort rooted in collective care. The initial 20 hour Facilitator Workshop will dive deep into the CSC 3 facilitation model integrating arts engagement, restorative practices, and social justice frameworks. April – October 2022 participants will continue to connect and collaborate each month through a series of opportunities with the CSC Team and some extraordinary community partners, including Urban Sanctuary, and Frontline Farming. 

Reckoning

A Social Imagination performance event!

March 18-19 @ 7 pm ~ March 20 @ 2 pm MST
A Livecast Performance
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reckoning-with-race-and-rona-a-social-imagination-performance-event-tickets-252365079747

Featuring: 
Justy Robinson
April Axé Charmaine of SOL VIDA
Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez
Rachael K. Sharp
Niyankor Ajuaj

Social Imagination is CSC’s dynamic theatrical project that weaves together personal narratives and social justice concepts, evoking opportunities for dialogue, healing, and action. Our team of local artists have been working together since October, processing the last two years and the impacts of the dual pandemics: coronavirus and systemic racism.

We have been working with a variety of theatrical and embodied practices focused on racial justice and mental health. Some of these include Rainbow of Desire (a set of practices from Theatre of the Oppressed) and somatic abolition practices including exercises from Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands.

We want to share our creative work with you via interactive livestream! There will be opportunities to connect with others and share your stories.

“We’ve come a long way from the cataclysms of 2020 and 2021 and now it’s time to get to work on healing,” said co-director and performer Justy Robinson. “This show is one way to do just that.”

Our beautiful cast of poets, dancers, writers and performers includes Justy Robinson, April Axé Charmaine of SOL VIDA, Micaela Iron Shell-Dominguez, Rachael K. Sharp and Niyankor Ajuaj.

Join us on March 18-19 @ 7 pm ~ March 20 @ 2 pm MST. Tickets are $10-$20 on a sliding scale. The performance will be live-streamed on YouTube so you can partake on your computer or another screen.