[quick link] Millennial Leaders Training in Art & Social Change

As the last few weeks of 2015 wind down, you might start thinking about the new year and planning how to evolve in your artistic/activist practice. So I’m sharing this quick link for an arts activism program in Oakland next summer aimed at building millennial leadership.

Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders

interplayA training program for artists and activists age 18-35, aimed at exploring “ways to help people play with difficult issues, listen to and share the wisdom of their bodies and tell stories in ways that are direct, personal, and transformational.”

The program teaches participants how to “lead with creative, embodied InterPlay tools and techniques used around the world in peacemaking, prisons, classrooms, theaters, homes, places of worship, and health care.”

They’re accepting applications for July 2016, so visit their site and check out their brochure for details.

While I’m not personally familiar with or affiliated with the org (so I can’t necessarily endorse the specific methods, trainers, etc.) but I found the idea of such an innovative program compelling and intriguing enough to share!

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[quick link] Impact! Designing for Social Change

Today’s quick link > “Impact! Designing for Social Change” offers graduate-level intensive workshops for professionals and students interested in design for social advocacy.

Hosted at the School for Visual Arts,  the workshops feature sessions with faculty of designers, innovators, and social entrepreneurs. The program addresses the intersection of commercial and non-profit interests in this emerging “social design” sector:

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impact in the area of social change as it relates to their businesses. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. This six-week summer intensive will introduce participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy.

Their impressive curriculum subject areas sound absolutely fascinating and so right up this blog’s alley.  (That’s #AwesomeDesignForSocialChange Alley, btw). I honestly wish I was still living near NYC  so I could participate!  (Also, I realize I’ve posted this a bit late and past the current Summer session enrollment date, but just sign up for alerts on the site to get news on their upcoming Fall 2013 session.)

The Impact! site is chock-full of resources and useful info, including archived webinar sessions on topics like:

Also don’t miss browsing their gallery of past Impact Projects which feature learning-in-action projects in social entrepreneurship, community education, environment, health, and politics to name a few.

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Allied Media Conference 2013: “communications, art, technology, education and social justice”

If you’ve been following this blog, I’m sure you’re already in-the-know about the Allied Media Conference 2013 that’s happening right now.

Matter of fact, if it wasn’t for a recent bout with bronchitis + laryngitis, I’d love to be in Detroit along with all the amazing activists, artists, and cultural organizers working at the intersections of comms, art, tech, education & SJ.  Thankfully, there’s PLENTY of great content to follow online to e-share in the uniquely grassroots and participatory vibe that AMC does so well.

Make sure to check out http://amc.alliedmedia.org to follow their blog, along with the happenings on social media:

I can’t wait to see all the videos, blog posts, and recaps after this weekend.  Chime in the comments below if you were there, and/or feel free to suggest any other sites with additional info, photos/videos, or notes from the conference participants!

Who’s AMP & what’s AMC all about?

A few excerpts from their sites:

Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just and creative world.

From the intersection of communications, art, technology, education and social justice, we share and develop models for transforming ourselves and our communities. Read our mission and network principles.  AMP organizes the annual Allied Media Conference. Our local programs innovate media-based practices in education, economic development and community organizing.

The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing.

AMC Vision

PARTICIPATORY MEDIA TO TRANSFORM OUR SELVES & OUR WORLD

The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.

CREATE

The AMC supports learning of all different kinds and at all different levels. The workshops are hands-on and participatory. Knowledge is passed horizontally rather than from the top down. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own.  We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.

CONNECT

The AMC is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, alternative economists, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Others have adopted the AMC as an annual point of convergence and a space to forge new relationships. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.

TRANSFORM

The deeper our networks grow, the greater our capacity grows to take collective actions to transform our world. We recognize that transformation happens through our everyday movements. At the AMC, we develop new leaders and new forms of leadership, design new methods of problem-solving, cultivate the visions of our communities and build our power to make those visions real. Our strategies for transformation don’t begin or end with the three days of the conference. They evolve in our lives and our work throughout the year.

May 18, International Museum Day: (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change

I’m a huge museum nerd, so it was a nice surprise to discover this great annual celebration recently! (Thank goodness for the magical arts interwebs.)

According to the International Museum Day website, it all began with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to “raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.”  Over 30,000 institutions representing 129 countries participated last year, making it a truly global event.

On this day, participating museums interpret an issue that concerns all cultural organisations. International Museum Day is also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public. At the heart of society, museums are institutions dedicated to its development.

Traditionally, International Museum Day is organised around 18 May. It can last a day, a weekend or a whole week, the objective being to meet at the museum with the motto: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

2013’s theme is “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change”.  ICOM describes this as:

The richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today. Reconciling their traditional mission of conservation with the creativity necessary for their revival and the development of their audiences – this is the evolution that museums are trying to undertake, with the strong belief that their presence and actions can transform society constructively.

This truly optimistic theme in the form of an equation dynamically gathers several concepts that are essential to defining what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of those institutions and their positive influence on society. It summarises the complexity of museum tasks and recalls that they are meant to contribute to community development and gathering together.

I truly admire their encouraging tone towards educational innovation and the ongoing development of the museum as a community hub that can respond creatively to evolving public needs.  As arts administrators and advocates, I feel that aligning with social change values is a natural way to connect to our audiences, the improvement of our immediate communities, and to the core of our educational missions.

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ICOM outlines 5 sub-themes using the lens of social change which form clear, strong advocacy points:

  1. Informal education structures: Museums educate in a recreational way; they are places of initiation without obligation that foster knowledge through continually renewed means.
  2. A social space rooted in its territory: Museums play a role in the identity and dynamism of their territory. Through their action, they contribute to promote the past of their territory and build its future.
  3. An intergenerational link: Museums keep the relationship between a community and its history alive. They are spaces for dialogue between generations.
  4. Displaying heritage in a modern way: Museums have quickly been able to seize the communication and mediation opportunities offered by new media and have broken away from the old-fashioned image they once had.
  5. Innovative practices for a better conservation: Conservation devices are improving and the museum is becoming a real laboratory where work techniques continue to evolve.

Learn more and get involved:

  • Find activities at museums near you: in North America
  • On Twitter, use the hashtag #IMD2013 
  • Follow their Facebook page
  • Download their full PDF press kit here

[infographic] Who’s Who in Public Interest Design

www.publicinterestdesign.org/people

Happy new year all!  I hope 2013 brings you a fresh perspective on the days ahead with renewed vigor and creativity.

On that note,  I’m sharing this rockin’ infographic titled “the Public Interest Design 100″ from a great site I follow at publicinterestdesign.

Designer Megan Jett highlighted 100 of the most talented, social progressives  working in various sectors at “the intersection of design and service.” The list includes nonprofits, educators, funders, organizers, policymakers, and artists.  I’ve personally used the list to curate a new list of folks to follow on Twitter to keep my “new ideas” streams topped-off  throughout the year.

Explore their process story and see the full, high-quality image versions at http://www.publicinterestdesign.org/people.

Update: May 2013 – Check out their freshly released “Global Public Interest Design 100” version.

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P.S. If you loved this infographic, then make sure to also check out their Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes page showcasing the exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. (The exhibition opened for display from October 4, 2012 and will be up/traveling for up to 5 more years).