DIAL.studio | Utilizing Community to Achieve Creative Revitalization

Recorded On: 07/31/2020


About this Webinar

July 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

ThirdSpace Action Lab is a POC-led organization created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color, specifically in the Cleveland Metro Area. It is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. ThirdSpace has centered their work in racial equity and inclusion, and work to involve the community in the revitalization process. They are key contributors to the development of the Glenville Arts Campus, and aim to provide spaces for communities of color to unify and take action. This session will highlight the importance of community building and activation and allow participants to explore the various aspects of this work and where it can be utilized in their own regions.

Participants will learn about:

  • An example of how a POC-led institution can make tangible change within its community
  • Insight into how organizations and organizers can use creative thinking strategies to uplift and heal their communities
  • Understanding the challenges that arise when working to revitalize a community that is on its pathway to gentrification

This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

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

This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.


Evelyn Burnett

Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Evelyn Burnett is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café. Prior to this exciting venture, Evelyn served as Vice President, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress an intermediary whose mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Prior to joining CNP, Evelyn served as Associate Director for Program Strategies with Admiral Center at Living Cities, project director in the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and as a 2007-2008 Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and sits on the board of several organizations throughout Northeast Ohio and nationally including ioby (In Our Back Yards), Credit Builders Alliance, Teach for America, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Dance Cleveland, Walsh University School of Business and CTMDreams. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communications & Public Relations with a double minor in Sales & Marketing and Dance from The University of Akron during which time she studied abroad in Ghana, Africa; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Akron.

Website: https://3rdspaceactionlab.co/

Twitter: @evburnett

Mordecai Cargill

Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Mordecai Cargill is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café.  Prior to starting this exciting venture, Mordecai served as the Director of Strategy, Research & Impact at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), a community development funding intermediary committed to fostering inclusive neighborhoods of choice and opportunity throughout the city of Cleveland. Mordecai provides oversight and analysis for the implementation of the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, focused primarily on 3 key areas of activity: Program Design and Evaluation; Research and Thought Leadership; and Partnership and Resource Development. Since joining Team CNP in 2014 as Manager of Fund Development, Mordecai’s responsibilities have included project management for strategic initiatives such as an Organizational Assessment (2014), and the planning process for the 2017-2021 Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Strategic Plan (2016). He also contributes to CNP’s emerging Policy, Advocacy & Research body of work, and co-leads the organization’s efforts to elevate racial equity and inclusion as a citywide community development priority. Mordecai earned his BA in African American Studies from Yale University, with a concentration on Black Culture in the 20th Century. He was awarded the William Pickens Prize for his Senior Thesis entitled, “The Black Arts Iconography of John Coltrane


Twitter: @MCargill28

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