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.

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

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 Interactive Virtual Offerings for All Ages

CSC is now facilitating our innovative programs online! Below is a list of offerings that can be adapted for young people, adults, and intergenerational formats. And don’t forget about our donation based monthly open mic, hosted by Bianca Mikahn, with amazing featured artists! This is just the beginning… stay tuned to our social media for all of the latest updates!

CSC Workshops and Circles are for youth, adult or intergenerational groups. The innovative CSC3 facilitation model integrates the arts, restorative practices, and an intersectional social justice (anti-oppression) framework.

Through large and small group activities and facilitated dialogue, participants build shared language and experiences with individualized opportunities for reflection. CSC’s diverse team brings a breadth of perspective and experience. Workshops and Circles can be tailored to meet your unique needs and budget. Let us know if you would like more information!

WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

  • Arts for Action
    • Applied Theater
    • Digital Storytelling
    • Drumming and Beyond
    • Hip Hop
    • Spoken Word
    • Visual Arts
  • Beyond the Bully: Relate & Communicate   
  • Check Your Head: Creative Tools for Mental Health 
  • Cultural Responsiveness [in Virtual Space]
  • Cyber Somatics
  • Disrupting White Supremacy Cultural Norms 
  • Embodying Equity
    • CSC Anti-Oppression Framework  
    • Racial Equity Foundations   
    • Understanding and Interrupting Implicit Bias  
    • Racial Equity Systems: Analysis, Vision, & Action  
  • Health Equity & Covid 19 
  • Social Imagination: Art for Empathy and Action 
  • Somatics, Equity & Inclusion [in Virtual Space]  
  • Trauma Informed Facilitation [in Virtual Space]  

INDIVIDUAL OR RECURRING CIRCLES 

  • Collaborative Learning Circles 
  • Empathy Circles  
  • Racial Equity Caucus Circles  
  • Restorative Circles 

*All workshops currently occur through Zoom. Varying streaming platforms can be established in collaboration with client requests.*

CSC’s diverse team of artists and consultants bring a breadth of perspective and experience to our clients. We do our best to work with each organization’s unique needs and budgets, while maintaining equitable rates for our facilitators. Please let us know if the rates are prohibitive, we may be able to help find funding, offer an adapted program or presentation with 1 facilitator, or provide a discount.

Get in touch to find out more!

720-437-0195 | csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

REGISTER TODAY: JULY 2020 FACILITATOR WORKSHOP

The Time To Act Is Now!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place July 17-19, 2020!

Enrich your summer plans by dedicating this weekend to building wellness-centered skills for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Registration is open, just visit this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-july-2020-tickets-94191570523

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.

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:

“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-july-2020-tickets-94191570523

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 July 17th!

SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 2020 FACILITATOR WORKSHOP

Save the Date

New Year, New You!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 17-19, 2020! Start 2020 with new skills to incite change by registering for this incredible weekend experience. Registration is open, and here is the link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-january-2020-tickets-81836654637

At this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as 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!

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

We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with 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 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.”

 
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-january-2020-tickets-81836654637
 
 
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 January 17th!