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February Issue 2003
National Guild Convenes Pioneering Creative Communities Partners for Charleston Training Institute in Charleston, SC.
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts' Creative Communities Training Institute, takes place Feb. 13-16, 2003, at the Seabrook Island Resort Center, in Seabrook, SC, just outside of Charleston. The upcoming Creative Communities Training Institute, Creative Communities: Navigating the Ebb and Flow will bring together more than 70 site partners for workshops and trainings in Charleston, SC, from Feb. 13-15, 2003. Creative Communities is an innovative arts education, youth development and community building strategy that partners community schools of the arts with public housing authorities to provide youth with empowering art-making experiences during non-school hours. The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, through a $4.65 million cooperative partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is responsible for the overall implementation of the three-year initiative, including training, technical assistance, capacity-building and sustainability strategies. Over 5,000 young people residing in public housing communities in 20 cities across the country are benefiting from Creative Communities partnerships, which represents the first-ever federal partnership between the NEA and HUD.
"The Winter Training Institute clearly taps into the wealth of knowledge of the Creative Communities partners. The National Guild is anticipating a weekend of information and inspiration sharing that will strengthen CC strategies across the country," said Shawn Dove, Creative Communities Director. He also added, "We're particularly excited about the addition of the Creative Communities Artist Teacher Support Network and the Adolescent Artists sessions during the Institute."
The Adolescent Artists Track is a new feature of the Institute, convening Creative Communities students from across the country for a weekend of leadership training and personal development workshops. Grammy-nominated jazz flutist Sherry Winston will conduct an all-day arts education and leadership seminar for the Adolescent Artists. The CC Artist Teacher Support Network has designed another exciting new feature for the Winter Training Institute. Organized by Emily Phillips (Storefront School for the Arts) and Matthew Perry (Vermont Arts Exchange), the Artist Teacher Support Network will facilitate a series of best practices and lessons learned workshops for Creative Communities artist teachers. In addition to workshops on partnership building, philanthropic partnerships, evaluation, and resident advisory councils, the weekend will feature a site visit to the Gadsden Green public housing community and a presentation by National Guild Board Member Jonathan Katz (Executive Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies).
The Creative Spark Center for the Arts, the Storefront School for the Arts, the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Charleston are the host organizations for the Training Institute. Carol Antman, Executive Director at Creative Spark stated, "Since the first Creative Communities Institute, the energy and passion of the grantees has been so energizing to me and the work we do here in Charleston. It is an honor to host the conference and showcase the accomplishments of the children we have in the Creative Communities program."
"We are elated about hosting the Creative Communities Winter Retreat in Charleston," added Ilene Harvey, Program Coordinator at the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston. "It's an incredible opportunity for youth participants from our local housing communities to be included in the activities, because Creative Communities is all about giving children and youth a possible path to their future."
The mission of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts is to foster and promote broad access to high quality arts education designed to meet community needs. The National Guild's membership currently has 317 member institutions in 44 states serving 400,000 students and tens of thousands more through exposure to a multitude of arts activities. For more information on the National Guild, visit its website at (www.nationalguild.org). To learn more about the Creative Communities Initiative, visit (www.creativecommunitiesonline.org).
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