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!