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Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is an interactive introduction to the CSC 3 Facilitation Model, integrating social justice frameworks, arts engagement, and restorative practices. This model has relevant applications in any context where people live and work together.

If you are interested in working with CSC, or are considering if CSC’s programs and services might be right for your school or organization, this is a great opportunity to dig in and learn more.

Sliding scale, work exchange, scholarships, and group discounts available. 

Tickets available Here

Internship/Scholarship/Work Exchange application available Here


Schedule

Friday, January 13th: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, January 14th: 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday, January 15th: 10:00am-5:00pm

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Winter Solstice Jam

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Twice a year when the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at noon, it has been known as the solstice. This coming December 21st,  marked as the  shortest days Creative Strategies for Change will host a Winter Solstice Jam at Crossroads Theater. The Winter Solstice Jam is a CSC open house giving the community a taste with the different community partners and programs CSC works with. Denver organizations such as SlamNUBA , Crossroads Creatives, Apprentice of Peace and The Sankofa Project (TSP).

This is a community event, free and open to anyone who would like to participate. To find out more information check the link in schedule below .

Facebook Event: Winter Solstice Jam

Eventbrite: Winter Solstice Jam

Schedule

5:00-5:15: Gather and Greetings

5:15-6:00: Theater of the Oppressed by Creative Strategies for Change

6:00-6:45: Poetry workshop facilitated by SlamNUBA

6:45-7:45 Tai-Chi workshop facilitated by Apprentice of Peace

7:45-8:15: Food Break

8:15-9:15: West African Drum Workshop Facilitated by The Sankofa Project

9:15-10:00: Interactive period/Good-bye

For more questions contact Andre Carbonell at Creativestrategiesprograms@gmail.com

 

Thank You to our partners!

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Community Cypher Kickoff

On December 6th, we kicked off our Community Cypher Project with 13 youth leaders from various schools in the Denver-Metro area. These leaders quickly dove into the discussions of culture and identity and the work we will be doing involving the school to prison pipeline. The group varies in experiences and identities and that is one of the driving forces that help propel them to use their artistic talents for the sake of social justice. As this program continues and the participants get deeper in the subject, we strive to help them create an artistic show that helps teach and dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

The Community Cypher Project wouldn’t be possible without a handful of community partners. Creative Strategies would like to like thank

Heart & Hand Center

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Innovate for Good with Rose Community Foundation

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Imagine 2020

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Acts Food Bank

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CSC Receives New Grant Funding

Ever since the start of CSC, we have spent a long time developing a youth leadership program. A program designed to bring a diverse troupe of artistic young leaders working actively to tackle problems happening in the community. The Community Cypher Project is a culmination of this vision, and we have humbly received 2 new grants from the Innovate For Good with Rose Community Foundation and  Imagine 2020.

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We were inspired by Imagine 2020’s Denver Cultural Plan and the events they put together. That is what pushed us to apply to their grant because we felt like our goals and vision fell in line with the atmosphere they were trying to create. We are one of their 2016 grantees for our Community Cypher Project as part of their Denver Cultural Plan.

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Innovate for Good with Rose Community Foundation is a philanthropic challenge to find and fund new ideas. In 2016, Innovate for Good focused on ideas to empower youth to be agents of change in the community.

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It was an honor to get these grants because it was a chance to expound upon the 1-month pilot model that was partnered with RedLine Denver and funded by Denver’s Office of Community Affairs for their “2016 Race and Justice Design Challenge Mini-Grants”. The Challenge was to create a way to unite youth and law enforcement, a thing greatly needed due to the rapid increase of Police Brutality and militarization of police forces across the nation.

All these partners helped us move forward in our Community Cypher program and got us on our feet to our launch of the program. On November 9th we opened up our application to the masses and look forward to all the student leaders that apply.

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Creative Strategies for Change losses its biggest fan and supporter

On Saturday October 8 Creative Strategies for Change lost its biggest fan and supporter, Terrence Lee Sharp

Terrence Lee Sharp July 26, 1942 – October 8, 2016Terry loved and supported his daughter Rachael and her vision for CSC. He was one of CSC’s first supporters and was willing to gamble on the organization early on with a generous start up donation.
He loved learning from CSC and spreading the ideas in his circles.

 It was Terry’s wish that those who would like to contribute make memorial donations to CSC.

 His was truly a life well lived.

May he rest in peace and power.

To read more about Terry and his wonder life here is a link to his obituary.

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Creative Strategies for Change: Weekend Workshop August 20-21, 2016

Social Justice Frameworks | Arts Engagement | Restorative Practices

Join CSC for a two day interactive introduction to the CSC 3 Facilitation Model, with relevant applications in any context where people live and work together.

This workshop will focus on arts-based approaches to building healthy, responsive relationships, organizations, and institutions – rooted in equitable access to power, opportunities, treatment, and outcomes for all.

Facilitated by CSC Co-Founders Rachael K. Sharp and K. Salim Ajanku, participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitation skills incorporating cultural responsiveness practices, communication, collaboration, and conflict transformation. We will shape understanding across differences utilizing universal terminology for concepts related to identity, power, oppression, and equity.

Certificates of completion are available for professional development or continuing education credits.

Date: August 20 & 21 2016

Location: Redline Denver 2350 Arapahoe Street Denver, 80205

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

*Lunch Included*

Cost: $250 base rate – *Sliding Scale and Internship Options available*

We invite individuals and organizations to self identify and select which option on the scale best applies.

  • Large, established Organizations: Up to 5 People – $1,500.00
  • Mid Sized Organizations: up to 5 People – $1,000.00
  • Small Organizations: up to 5 People – $600.00
  • Individual Registration – $250.00
  • Students, Artists, Educators, Organizers, Working Class – $200.00
  • Teens & Extenuating Circumstances – $125.00
  • Community Sponsor – any size donation
  • CSC Team Members – free

Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact CSC at creativestrategiesprograms@gmail.com

Registration is open and space is limited, so register here today!

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Upcoming Events!

Community Nights with Creative Strategies for Change at CrossRoads Theater

In collaboration with CrossRoads theater, CSC is hosting, and supporting weekly events to bring the community together. There will be community building, movement, dialogue and healing in the space. The events are open to the community and there is a suggested donation for each class, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

July 13, 2016

DEFINE: Racism                                                                                                     DEFINE7:00pm – 10:00pm                                                               Co-hosted by Assetou Xango & Creative Strategies for Change
This is DEFINE, an ongoing storytelling event that uses each of our individual experience to challenge the status quo and cultural binaries our society often takes for granted.

Crossroads Theater | 2590 Washington Street, Denver CO, 80205              

The event includes:
*A movement component led by CSC to get us in our bodies.
*The sharing of our stories through each of our own mediums
*A forum to further discuss and dig into the topic

Suggested Donation: $5

*No one is turned away for lack of funds

DEFINE: Racism is going to be a Person of Color only space in order to allow the very necessary space for People of Color to be in community with one another and share common experiences without feeling obligated to educate, explain or censor. This request is specific to the DEFINE:Racism event. There will be future DEFINE events when we all come back together.

If you have questions or concerns about this please contact Creative Strategies for Change.                                                                                                                              _________________________________________________________________

July 20 & August 17

Drum, Dance, Dialogue

MeccaKSADrum                                              Join CSC artists, Mecca Madyun and Salim Ajanku, for open community West African drum and dance classes. Learn the historical and cultural significance of traditional rhythms and dances through integration of the mind, body, and spirit. *The classes will be facilitated through the CSC 3 model, engaging with relevant social and cultural concepts from 8:15 – 8:30, weaving the two classes together*

7:00-8:30 Djembe Orchestra (Drum) *Bring drum or contact us for options*

8:15-9:45 Djembe Dance

Crossroads Theater | 2590 Washington Street, Denver CO, 80205              

All are welcome, no experience necessary.  

Suggested Donation: $15/class or $25 for both

*No one is turned away for lack of funds

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                                                                                                                                             August 10

Theatre of the Oppressed Game Night

TYA_Hypnosis_BW7:00pm-9:00pm                                                        An interactive introduction to the Theatre of the Oppressed arsenal of games and activities. In this open workshop for mature teens and adults of all ages, we will build community and creative skills for healing, dialogue, and social change. All are welcome, no experience necessary.  

“The theater is language, capable of being utilized by any person.” Theatre of the Oppressed Founder, Augusto Boal

Crossroads Theater | 2590 Washington Street, Denver CO, 80205              

All are welcome, no experience necessary.  

Suggested donation: $15                                                                                           *No one is turned away for lack of funds          ________________________________________________________________

Creative Strategies for Change Weekend Workshop

group csc– Arts Based Approaches for Building Relationships & Understanding

– Common Vocabulary for Examining Identity, Power, & Oppression

– Practices for Culturally Responsive Communication,  Collaboration, & Conflict Transformation

This will be an interactive introduction to the CSC 3 Facilitation Model, with relevant applications in any context where people live and work together.

August 20 & 21 2016: 10:00am-5:00pm    

Redline Denver |2350 Arapahoe Street Denver, 80205

Cost: $250 Sliding Scale and Internship Options available 

*Lunch Included*

See the event details here

Register here today!

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Kokayi Danladi

Dear  Community,

Thank you all for reaching out, sharing your love, memories, condolences, and support in response to the recent tragedy in our family.

Some CSC family and community have inquired about what happened. With heavy hearts we share that our beloved brother and colleague, Kokayi Danladi and fellow artist Anthony “Zin” Mills were killed in the tragic car crash on Colorado Blvd. on Sunday, January 3.

Kokayi was a solid, stand up teammate and friend, and a devoted family man. He was an exceptionally talented musician and gifted educator who was extremely influential in the work of CSC, his legacy will live on enduringly. There are not words to describe the loss to his family, CSC, and our community. 

UPDATES:

CSC created the Kokayi Danladi Award and the Kokayi Danladi Family Fund in memory of our brother and colleague who transitioned to the ancestral realm on January 3. The award honors community members and CSC team members who reflect Danladi’s dedication, integrity, love, and levity. He embodied the integrated work of CSC, holding everyone’s needs with care while standing for truth, justice, and equity. Kokayi Danladi’s legacy will live on enduringly through his family, his music, and CSC. The first award was presented to Aleja Parsons, at Kokayi’s Memorial Celebration in January, and to Ronnie Harvey at the Grant Beacon Middle School student showcase in May.

Make a donation to the Kokayi Danladi Family Fund

Sincerely,
Creative Strategies for Change

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Peace and Love Brother Kokayi ❤

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Crossroads Community Night: CSC Theatre of the Oppressed Game Night Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM in MDT

Wednesday August 10 at 7:00 PM10:00 PM in MDT

An interactive introduction to the Theatre of the Oppressed arsenal of games and activities. In this open workshop for mature teens and adults of all ages, we will build community and creative skills for healing, dialogue, and social change.

Location: Crossroads Theater | 2590 Washington Street, Denver CO, 80205

Crossroads Theater
– All are welcome, no experience necessary.
– Suggested Donation: $15
*No one is turned away for lack of funds
All are welcome, no experience necessary.

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