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.

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.

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!

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 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

12/10/2019 Colorado Gives Day | CSC Holiday Celebration

CSC Middle School Drum Class Performance

How beautiful to witness trees gracefully let go. As we watch them shed, awed by their bold bareness, we come to understand that even without leaves, a tree is still a tree. How comforting to share this truth, that we too can let go and still be. Here at CSC we’re embodying all this season has to offer, from profound wisdom, engaging and activating the poetry within through the hidden lessons turned metaphors, to the spirit of gratitude and giving.  Join us December 10th for #ColoradoGivesDay at Hapa Sushi to celebrate this beautiful season and our beloved team from 4-9PM, 20% of the proceeds will go directly to CSC community and youth programs. Please RSVP so the restaurant knows we are coming! Wether or not you can join us in person, you can schedule a donation today, or maybe #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3 is the right time for you, either way your donation supports CSC’s innovative arts and social justice programs, their sustainability, and our collective liberation! The great Maya Angelou said, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

Donations of any size make a difference, here are a few examples of where your dollars go: 

$15: Instrument Rental for 1 Student 

$25: Arts for Action Workshop Materials for 1 Student

$50: Community Event / Workshop Scholarship

$100: Youth Featured Artist Honorarium 

$300: Facilitator Workshop Scholarship

$500: Community Performance & Dialogue

$1,250: Youth Creative Leadership Residency

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