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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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SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 2020 FACILITATOR WORKSHOP

Save the Date

New Year, New You!

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 17-19, 2020! Start 2020 with new skills to incite change by registering for this incredible weekend experience. Registration is open, and here is the link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-january-2020-tickets-81836654637

At this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as 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!

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound and accessible ways, and also learn the antidote: liberation!

We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with amazing new people around us!

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:

“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.”

 
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-january-2020-tickets-81836654637
 
 
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 January 17th!

Get Involved: September 2019 Facilitator Training

Close out 2019 with strong skills to incite change:

The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place September 20th-22nd! Register here to claim your space:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103

Creative Strategies for Change flyer for September 2019 Facilitator WorkshopAt this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.

This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of yourself, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters!

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound and accessible ways, and also learn the antidote: how to achieve liberation!

We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with the amazing new people around us!

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:

“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 explain 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.”
 
There is a clear commitment to continued growth, and this was probably the best training of this nature that I’ve been a part of.”
“LOVED IT! The facilitators were engaging, as was the material. It was reflective and introspective, as well as collaborative and eye-opening.”
The next step is to see for yourself– register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Claim your spot here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103
We meet first on Friday from 6-9pm, then from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Food is provided, and there are plenty of breaks.

If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to e-mail us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com.  We hope to see you on September 20th!

Make an Impact: Movement Music Campaign

Be part of launching an innovative, accessible mobile studio for folks of all ages and identities to come together and make music for the social justice movement: Donate to the Movement Music Campaign

Our fundraising goal of $6500 will match a grant from Denver Arts and Venues to purchase equipment and pay producers, facilitators and musicians equitable rates for their time!

Project Components:
*Professional Producer and Equipment

*School Based Studio Time at CSC Partner Schools

*Monthly Intergenerational Open Studio in Denver’s Historic Five Points Neighborhood

*Accessible, Equitable Opportunity for Emerging Artists of All Genres, All Ages, All Identities

*Culturally Responsive & Wellness Centered

*Collaboration and Civic Engagement

Check out the video to hear from the Music Movement host and producer Bianca Mikhan about the companion project: Community Cypher Open Mic.

Gratitude & Generosity

IMG_1954“Gratitude is like breathing in – letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others, and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out – sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally.”  Tara Brach

Team CSC is grateful for another meaningful year of building with passionate, creative, intelligent individuals, organizations, and communities, and the many ways you show up!

Our diverse donors raised over $6000 on Colorado Gives Day. Thank you to everyone who pitched in! In the last days of 2018 we ask for your support in matching that amount and keeping our programs accessible in 2019.

Follow the links below and find out what your dollars can do!

Give Before 1/1/2019 & Receive Gifts of Gratitude:

*All sustaining donors & donations of $100 or more: original print from artist Moe Gram.

*Donations of $250 or more: original Moe Gram print & limited edition CSC T shirt!

*Photo: Jared Cheek repping the new CSC Tee*

Facilitator Training January 2019

Newest Facilitator Workshop

Here’s some excellent news to start your 2019– The Creative Strategies for Change Facilitator Workshop is taking place January 11th-13th!   Register here to claim your space:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103

At this event, you’ll learn skills and tools to navigate your own life experience, as well as to successfully communicate with others around challenging topics.  This immersive, interactive, and impactful weekend experience will grow your knowledge of yourself, identity, power, oppression, liberation, and the many factors that make up the context in which we live… and why that all matters!

We’ll examine power, privilege, and oppression in profound and accessible ways, and also learn the antidote: how to achieve liberation!  We’ll be getting deeply in touch with ourselves while making connections with the amazing new people around us!   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:

“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 explain 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.”
 
There is a clear commitment to continued growth, and this was probably the best training of this nature that I’ve been a part of.”
“LOVED IT! The facilitators were engaging, as was the material. It was reflective and introspective, as well as collaborative and eye-opening.”
The next step is to see for yourself– register for this incredible event to see what knowledge, growth, and inspiration your experience will bring!  Claim your spot here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-strategies-for-change-facilitator-workshop-2019-winter-tickets-52549879103
We meet first on Friday from 6-9pm, then from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Food is provided, and there are plenty of breaks.
If you have any questions about the event or registration, feel free to e-mail us at csc@creativestrategiesforchange.com.  We hope to see you in January!

 

Autumn Programs & Events

 

TO Tree10/2: THEATER FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

TUESDAYS | 10/2-11/27 | 6-8PM | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Take a deep dive into creative tools for structural change in this 9 week Theatre of the Oppressed workshop series. Our collective devised work will be shared at a culminating community presentation on November 29. Applicable for individuals engaged with all types of institutions: schools, universities, businesses, organizations, families, communities, collectives…. no experience necessary, all are welcome! 
 
Tuition: $240 Sliding Scale, Scholarship, Work Exchange Options
 
The first workshop on October 2 will be donation based and open to the public, all are welcome!

Register today or get in touch to find out more! 


10/11: Restorative Practice Sessions

Thursday | October 11 | 6-8pm | 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B
Navigating conflict takes practice! These sessions are meant for us to come together in community and practice transforming conflict through restorative practices and circle facilitation. We also aim to build our collective capacity for community accountability. This work has roots in aboriginal and indigenous cultures around the world. It aims to transform relationships, increase safety, heal harm, and build capacity amongst communities. Communities practice in the ways that are specific to them, though the practices have common principles.

Open to the public, all are welcome!

Donation-based. No one will be turned away; any donations really make a difference in continuing restorative practice events and circles.  

10/25 & 11/29: Place Matters Community Cypher Fall Series

ARTS. DIALOGUE. ACTION | GUEST HOST: QUEENZ OF HIP HOP!CSC PLACE MATTERS FALL SERIES-2

These monthly sessions cultivate creative spaces for cultivating community across social divides. The intergenerational events incorporate a wide range of arts (music, spoken word, dance, healing arts, visual arts, etc.) with dialogue and action related to place, history, culture, and identity. The fall series will be co-facilitated by guest host: The Queenz of Hip Hop. Light refreshments are included. Sessions are donation based and open to all, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 
*Made possible in part with generous support from Moew Wolf Denver!
October 25: 6-8pm
November 29: 6-9pm
Light refreshments / Donation Based

11/1 Cervezas for Causes 

Thursday | 11/1  | 6-9pm
Cerveceria Colorado: 1635 Platte St. Denver, CO 80202
Cypher_CPR_2017Each week Cervecería Colorado partners with a non-profit to have a celebratory happy hour with proceeds benefiting that non-profit!

All funds raised from your drink purchases on 11/1 will directly support CSC’s innovative arts and social justice programs in Denver Public Schools. Your support contributes to equitable access to the arts for young people, and equitable pay for local artists!

11/19: Place Matters Performance Event

Blair Caldwell Library 6pm

This event will take place in coordination with the Undesign the Redline exhibit. The 2018 Social Imagination production Place Matters is place-based, happening in non-traditional venues and amplifying their relationship to the shifting landscape of community, culture, and access, both in Denver, and in a more universal sense. Place Matters is an interactive performance, locating the audience in the midst of the story, as an invitation to reckon with diverse perspectives and the roles we play. The cast will explore the complexity and nuance of redlining, gentrification, and displacement through one woman’s story of her family over 3 generations. 

September With CSC!

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CSC is thrilled to be hosting more community events in our space at the Whittier Neighborhood Association Community Center. Please mark your calendars and join us on September 13th, and every second Thursday, for our Restorative Practice Sessions. These sessions are meant for us to come together in community and practice facilitation, transformative justice, community accountability, and restorative systems. Navigating conflict takes practice: this time is about doing so in community. These events are open to the public and donation-based. No one will be turned away; any donations collected go to funding future restorative practice events and circles.

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Join us on September 27th for Community Cypher: Place Matters. Community Cypher includes intergenerational, interactive performances and dialogue around our relationships to the shifting landscape of community, culture, and access, both in Denver, and in a more universal sense. This is an invitation to reckon with the diverse perspectives and roles we play. The heart of the work centralizes our shared humanity and liberation. Free event, sponsored by Meow Wolf!

Creative Strategies for Change. 2900 Downing St. Suite 1B. Denver, CO. 80205