Arts and Community Development
Recorded On: 10/18/2019
About this Webinar
Arts and community development requires a variety of partnerships and collaborations, often with individuals and groups from non-arts sectors. Understanding how socioeconomic, political and cultural values intersect is crucial to moving development forward; additionally, ambitious artistic endeavors can be stymied by a lack of funding and knowledge of local ordinances or public policies, and the inability to connect with valuable community stakeholders. Resourcing (beyond “money”) is foundational to the work of community-engaged development.
Using real-world examples and Love Bank Park in St. Louis, MO as a case study, this webinar will explore how to identify assets, be proactive about potential challenges, and work with a variety of individuals to grow sustainable development through art-based projects and initiatives.
- Exploration of arts-based development projects that work with (and benefit) both artists and non-artists alike.
- Utilize inquiry processes to identify community needs and challenges.
- Understand how to cultivate multilevel partnerships that can grow community-engaged, cross-sector collaborations.
The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important. In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.
Pacia Elaine Anderson
Spoken Word Artist
Like her poetic work, Pacia Elaine Anderson's commitment to community care has its roots in the church. Guided by deeply spiritual elder women who ministered in jails, volunteered as
hospice caregivers, and fostered children, Pacia Elaine learned early that a purposeful life is one that is lived creatively, communally, and in the humble service of others. As an adult, this
self-described Word Artist 's work meets at the intersection of arts-learning and community development, with a focus on youth advocacy and the reclamation of the cultural traditions of
the African Diaspora. Pacia Elaine collaborates as a teaching artist, creative consultant, and community development and engagement strategist with numerous organizations and institutions, both locally and nationally. In 2020 she was named Community Impact Artist by the St. Louis Visionary awards, and serves on the boards of Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and St. Louis Art Place, an artist housing initiative.