DIALogues | For the Culture: Creating an Innovative Arts Program from Scratch

Includes a Live Event on 07/23/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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About This Webinar

July 23, 2021 at 3:00PM EST

How does one create a community-centered, collaborative, meaningful, and impactful arts program – from scratch? Adaobi Okolue, Executive Director + Publisher at the Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA) will dive deep into how her and her organization curated and cultivated one of their programs. Our Space Is Spoken For, is a project where community members and artists of color come together to reclaim space. When community storytellers and artists come together, Our Space hopes to rewrite the narratives of how historically marginalized communities live, breathe, and grow.

  Learn about how Adaobi and TCMA ideated this project, collaborated with community members, and ultimately was able to create impactful art pieces in the community.

Participants will learn:

  • The pathways organizers and arts administrators can take to cultivate impactful and thoughtful programs
  • Tangible skills and suggestions on how individuals can plan, coordinate, and manage a program from scratch 
  • TCMA and Adaobi Okolue’s experience in curating Out Spaces is Spoken For from ground up.

This session is a part of the DIALogues Professional Development Collection. You can register for the full collection here. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

Please note that while this session is open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


Adaobi Okolue

Executive Director and Publisher

Twin Cities Media Alliance

Adaobi Okolue is the executive director at Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA), a nonprofit media arts organization equipping people, organizations with the power of media arts to shape narratives that advance equity and justice. TCMA’s work invests in storytellers centering the lived experiences of people on the margins and shifting what is perceived possible. Adaobi is also the publisher of TCMA’s flagship project, the Twin Cities Daily Planet–an award-winning online news publication dedicated to amplifying and connecting marginalized voices.

Prior to TCMA, Adaobi was the principal strategist at Coloring Circles LLC – a boutique marketing studio in Minneapolis that works with mission-driven organizations, initiatives, artists, and cultural producers. She also taught marketing as an adjunct professor at Hamline University’s Masters of Nonprofit Management program. Adaobi is often seen as an instigator for thinking of fresh, smart ways for solving problems, and is known for exploring the intersections of multimedia, creativity and innovation, story and activism in her work. She is also a Roy Wilkins Policy Fellow alum at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications at the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism. 

Adaobi is also known as a writer, visual and performance artist, and producer. She was a contributing artist to renowned Sha Cage’s and Signe Harriday’s Mama Mosaic–where she was featured in critically-acclaimed Blacker the Berry ensemble and exhibit at Intermedia Arts and Playwright’s Center. She is a Givens Foundation Black Writers Collaborative Fellow and VONA Writing Workshop alum. Currently, Adaobi is an Americans for the Arts’ Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellow and serves on the board of directors (vice-chair) for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.             

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DIALogues | For the Culture: Creating an Innovative Arts Program from Scratch
Live event: 07/23/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.