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

CSC is hiring a Program Manager!

Background: 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. 

Position Description: The Program Manager (PM) is a full time position and part of CSC’s administrative team. The PM is an administrative support role, reporting to the Co-Director of Arts and Education and Executive Director, and working with the facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, and volunteers to maintain and grow excellent programs aligned with the CSC mission, vision, and values. The PM will be responsible for managing the youth and community streams of CSC programs. This position will also support organizational efforts at generating program income, support with grant management, as well as participation in fundraising campaigns and events. 

CSC is a community partner with Denver Public Schools and works with and a wide range of schools and organizations in Denver and beyond. The PM manages coordination and promotion of programs including calendars, organizational systems, communications, electronic, print and live promotion and provides leadership in maintaining, refining, and developing efficient program related organizational systems and procedures, as well as logistical and administrative aspects of our Denver Public Schools community partnership profile and database and all paperwork required by clients. The PM will be the point person for interns, volunteers, and support team to support their scheduling, substitute, contract, and paperwork needs. 

Schedule: 40 hours / week Start Date: Aug 9, 2021 or ASAP: Training Aug 9-20 M-F 9-5 or 10-6, some flexibility. Currently all administrative staff are working in office following strict public health precautions for Covid 19. Staff are encouraged to remain responsive to changes in health metrics. 

Compensation: $40,000-$50,000 Salary (based on hours worked) 

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) 

– Accrual of PTO – 2 days per month: current max total of 2 weeks per year 

Employee will maintain schedule and discuss any schedule changes with the administrative team with as much advance notice as possible. This position also requires occasional work on evenings and weekends. In that case, employees are encouraged to adjust weekly schedules to balance hours. The priority is for the PM schedule to align with the primary program schedules so they can be available and responsive to folks delivering programs. 

Skills and Qualifications | Program Manager 

● 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. 

● Minimum 2+ years experience in an administrative role. Program management, arts and nonprofit administrative experience strongly preferred. 

● Expertise with organizational systems and database management, including Microsoft Office & Excel, Google Drive & Calendar, WordPress, Surveymonkey, Mailchimp, Social Media platforms, and now… zoom. 

● Experience with graphic design, social media, and event planning. 

● 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 administrative leadership. 

● Work well / compatible with the diverse CSC administration, board, facilitators, artists, consultants, interns, volunteers, team, and community. 

● Critical, strategic thinking and the capacity to manage a variety of projects, priorities, and deadlines.

● Experience with managing budgets and financial components of program operations preferred. 

● Commitment to the CSC Organizational Agreements and Restorative System in principle and practice, willing to have hard conversations, give and receive critical feedback. 

● Experience as a facilitator, educator, artist, and consultant. 

Duties and Responsibilities (Deliverables): Program Manager 

● Provide leadership in the management of all CSC programs and events, and other responsibilities as needed. 

● Currently many CSC programs are being delivered virtually through the zoom platform. The program manager will provide tech support for these programs, as well as working with interns, apprentices, and volunteers in this capacity. 

● Build capacity for greater functionality, sustainability, and scalability of CSC programs. 

● Coordinate, observe, mentor, and evaluate volunteers, and interns. This may include: communications, schedules, observation & visitation, resource kits, paperwork, and other components as needed. 

● Manage organizational communications: including social media, website updates and maintenance, print and web based marketing and promotion, artists, facilitators, consultants, volunteers, admin team, board members, and others as needed. 

● Manage and maintain Denver Public Schools community partnership and contracts, maintaining an active and up to date Civic Canopy and Bidnet profile, and other systems as required. 

● Work with the admin team and board on annual organizational budget and strategic planning.

● Program client development, communications, coordination, engagement, and maintenance. 

● Work with Co-Director of Arts and Education to grow CSC youth programs toward greatest responsiveness, constituent leadership, impact and fiscal stability. 

● Support Development Director with grant writing and management to maintain sufficient funding for all programs. 

● Work with YPD to develop fully funded summer programs with a short term goal of 10 hrs / week over 2 weeks, long term goal of 20-40 hours of programming / week over 2-6 weeks. Fee based, corporate sponsors, and/or grant funded. 

● Consistent and reliable use of CSC systems including work plans, task lists, filing systems (electronic and paper), and calendars. 

● Develop, refine, update, improve, and maintain functional and efficient organizational systems, policies, and procedures including calendars, filing, operations manual, regulations and requirements, documentation, assessment, work plans, handbooks, database, etc. 

● Update work plan daily, in real time with long and short term goals, specific hours and tasks. 

● Regularly reference and update CSC Operations Manual to maintain the most relevant and effective document for step by step functionality and ongoing institutional knowledge. 

● Attend monthly CSC board meetings and support relevant committees. 

● Provide ample notification and coverage for responsibilities during time off. 

● Scan emails and publications in the field for current developments, client and community development, grant and funding opportunities, significant events, and conferences. 

● Represent CSC at community meetings, gatherings, conferences, and events. 

● Support new program opportunities, seek opportunities for greater coordination across program streams (youth & adult, school & community, etc.) 

● Support / participation with fundraising events, donor development. 

● Participate in weekly admin team meetings and update work plans for the following week. 

● Participate in leadership, professional development, consulting, assemblies, etc. as schedule and capacity allows. 

● 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 nonprofit administration. 

● Additional duties and responsibilities as needed. 

CSC strongly encourages applications from diverse, creative, leaders of color for all listed 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 your resume and cover letter to csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com. 

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)

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