Workshops and Lectures


The Center believes that quality community arts partnerships are best facilitated by creative leaders that see the creative process as a way to amplify community voice and community stories. Below are some of the broad subject areas and questions that frame the content and sequence of the workshops and training that the Center has provided over the years.  Each of these general areas can be expanded or contracted depending on focus and time.  Our training approach is mainly experiential, arts-based and student-centered.  It is also informed by our views of the field which are shared in an article available on the Community Arts Network called, Mapping the Field.   
Examples of CSA&C Workshops: (All workshop and training programs are deigned with and for clients)

Art in Other Places: Arts Programs in Community and Social Institutions: Artists working in community and human services settings have generated new technologies for problem solving, communicating, building self-esteem, and much more. This workshop will present information on institutional and community arts programs across the country that has pioneered the community arts field. We will discuss how the creative processes have been used to address some of society’s most pressing issues.

Common Sense Survival Skills for Artists and Arts Organizations Working with  Community, Social and Educational Institutions: This common sense, nuts and bolts workshop provides practical program design and implementation strategies for artists and arts organizations interested in developing residencies or collaborations with community, social and educational institutions.  The material presented in this workshop was developed from research conducted on over 50 successful and not so successful community and institutional arts programs. Participants learn effective artistic, funding and political strategies used by model programs. Topics include:
•    Assessing suitability for educational and community-based work.
•    Evaluating prospective community and school partners.
•    Fund raising for lasting arts partnerships.
•    How to make friends with unlikely allies.
•    Designing programs that can't be undone.
•    Survival skills for artists in community and educational sites.

Common Sense Survival Skills for Artists and Arts Organizations Working with School and Youth Service Programs: This workshop is similar to the one above but has a concentration on issues and case studies relevant to working in partnerships with schools and youth services agencies.  Topics include:
•    Assessing suitability for youth/community work.
•    Evaluating prospective community and school partners.
•    Fund raising for lasting arts partnerships.
•    How to make friends with unlikely allies.
•    Designing programs that can't be undone.
•    Survival skills for artists in institutional sites.

The Art of Strategic Planning: The creative process is as important to arts management as it is to the arts. This workshop introduces participants to a very basic approach to taking stock and setting a course for the future. Designed for the under-funded and overworked, this presentation will:
•    Teach a process to help organizations answer elemental questions about where they are, where they want to go, and how they can get there.
•    Outline seven practical, understandable steps to revitalize your mission, broaden your vision, build teamwork and achieve your goals.
•    Show how strategic planning can help build new partnerships with the business, government, human services and corporate funding communities.
•    Help answer questions: Is this the right time to plan? Should we hire a consultant? What are the costs?

Creating Successful Community Arts Partnerships:  This workshop is aimed at those interested in developing collaborations among artists, arts organizations and non-arts community organizations, institutions, or public agencies. The focus of this presentation is on the development of arts programs that have an ongoing positive impact on the lives of community members. Participants learn effective artistic, funding, and political strategies used by model programs.  Some questions to be addressed in this workshop include:
•    What skills do partners need to enter into successful collaborations?
•    How do partners find common ground and mutual self-interest?
•    How can partners work together to avoid and solve disagreements?
•    How do partners share power, define success and build trust?

Evaluating and Documenting Arts Programs in Community and Social Institutions:  This is a companion workshop to the workshop on arts partnerships. In it we will discuss the wide variety of tools and strategies available to assess and document arts based community development projects.  It will address the some of the most important and, often avoided questions facing community arts partnerships.  These questions include:
•    What are you trying to accomplish and how do you know if you have succeeded?
•    What documentary and evaluative data will be most useful and relevant to your community partners, funders, the media, government, etc.).  
•    How do you evaluate a prospective institutional or community site.  
•    How do you assess an artist or organizations suitability for community work.

Art and Upheaval: Artists on the Worlds Frontlines: When the forces of creativity and destruction meet in places like Phnom Penh, Belfast, and Johannesburg, surprising things happen.   Artists in these and other communities in crises around the world are working to battle tyranny, resolve conflict, promote healing, and re-build civil society.  Art and Upheaval will share stories of artists working to provoke social and political change on five continents. Based on research for a soon to be released book of the Mr. Cleveland’s talk will recount the cultural, social, and political interplay surrounding these unlikely endeavors.  

Lessons Learned from Artists on the Worlds Frontlines: As investment in arts-based community development has increased, so have the stakes for the communities and individuals involved.  Artists and their community collaborators are tackling daunting issues like community safety, social justice, education, and economic development. This workshop will explore cultural development strategies used in communities in crises around the world that can be applied by artists and arts organizations facing less extreme circumstances. Some specific questions to be addressed include:
•    What promotes and nurtures our individual and collective creativity.  
•    What skills do partners need to enter into successful collaborations?
•    Are there different aspects of the creative called up by different circumstances?  
•    How do arts and non-arts partners find common ground and mutual self-interest?
•    How do partners share power, define success and build trust?
•    Are there principals that can be applied that can strengthen the creative impulse as communities confront their most difficult problems?


The following is a list of recent addresses delivered by William Cleveland, Director of CSA&C.

2008    Alliance  of Artists Communities: Conference, Keynote, Creative Lessons from the Worlds Frontlines
2007    Virginia Commission for the Arts, ArtWorks Conference, Keynote, Art and Upheaval: Artists on the Worlds Frontlines
2007    Community Partners in Arts Access, Philadelphia, Building Successful Arts-based Youth Development Programs
2005    Statewide Conference of the Mississippi Arts Commission, Keynote, Who’s Story Now: Art, Community and the Power of Story.
2005    Mural Arts Program, City Philadelphia Guest Lecture Series
2004    Nevada State Arts Council Annual Conference, Keynote
2003   Center for Creative Communities, London: Common Threads Conference, Keynote
2002     Kentucky Arts Council Artists Retreat: Keynote, The Arts and Community Development
2002    Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution: Keynote, Shaman at the Gates: The Arts and the Prison Crisis.
2001-2005 Institute for Community Cultural Development, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Principal Faculty Member 
2001    Center for Social Development, Rutgers University, Keynote: Breaking Down the Walls
2001    The Melina Conference of Advisors, Greek Ministry of Education: Athens, Greece: Arts, Education and Community Development
2001    Youth Summit: Mississippi Department of Justice, Jackson, MS,  The Arts and Youth in Crisis 
2000    The Balkan City – Stage For The End Of The XX Century, The Yugoslav Performing Arts Association, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Art & Upheaval: Artists at Work in Communities in Crisis
1997- 2007 Principal faculty/consultant for community arts training institutes created with the
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, St. Louis Regional Arts Council, Webster University (St. Louis), the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, Oklahoma Arts Council,  Delaware Boys and Girls Club
1998-2005 Minnesota Artist/Educator Institute, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Bemidji State University, Bemidji Minnesota, Principal faculty and facilitator.