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 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!

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

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