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.

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.

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. 

Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop: Experience healing and growth through this amazing workshop!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 14-22, 2022!

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.

What participants are saying:

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“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.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

To register, please go to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169768579391

Questions? Please contact us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com

Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop: Experience healing and growth through this amazing workshop!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 14-22, 2022!

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.

What participants are saying:

“With this model, I am better able to serve my community and create opportunities and shape policies and procedures in my workplace and organization.”

“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.” 

“Something that has had a significant impact on me is being in a space with BIPOC folks in leadership positions and also being in a space where I am not the only or one of few BIPOC people. This has not happened many times in my life. Hearing what the BIPOC folks in this space have experienced makes me feel like what I have experienced as a WOC is real, valid, and relevant.”

To register, please go to our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/169768579391

Questions? Please contact us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com