Getting and Keeping Artists at the Community Recovery Table
Thursday, June 25, 2020
12:30 p.m. EDT
About this Session
What does it take for agencies to educate, support, and advocate for artists at tables where the future of communities are being discussed? In a moment where every community is developing a taskforce to address recovery and reconstruction, learn how you can ensure that creative voices are at the table.
- Gain deeper understanding of the importance of artists in the creative development of communities.
- Explore avenues of supporting partnerships and collaborations that include artists.
- Examine means for advancing artists training and preparation for working within communities.
- Delve into examples of artists working in community development.
Roseann Weiss, ART+
Pacia Elaine Anderson, Community Artist
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Roseann Weiss is a creative advisor and strategist about the intersections of art and community working independently as ART +. She has 30 years of experience in arts leadership in nonprofit arts institutions, community organizations, and gallery settings. Her expertise centers in arts-based community development, community and public arts, artists' professional development, and grant-making. For 14 years, she guided the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, which is an innovative, cross-sector program designed around art as a powerful agent for social change. Among her current projects are Lead Educator for Arts as Civic Engagement program at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University and working with Americans for the Arts to create guides, webinars, and workshops for “Artists at the Community Development Table.”
Pacia Elaine Anderson
Spoken Word Artist
Pacia Elaine (Anderson) is a St. Louis-based written, spoken, visual, and teaching Word Artist. She is a graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute, an Urban Bushwomen SLI Alumnus, a founding member of the art-based youth initiative Cherokee Street Reach, and serves as a Dean in the Zakatu Madrasa. Pacia is chair of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival and a Missouri Regional Coordinator for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Out Loud youth recitation competition. Liaison for the Great Rivers Greenway Artists of Color Council, Pacia is also a consulting artist and facilitator with Americans for the Arts’ Artists at the Community Development Table initiative. Pacia is a Steering Committee member for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan and does extensive community work in the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District. She has served as Curation Assistant to Inaugural St. Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro, is a past Springboard to Learning Professional Development Facilitator for teaching artists, and has collaborated as a teaching artist and consultant with numerous schools, non-profit, and community-based organizations, both locally and nationally. In 2016, Pacia released her first spoken word poetry album titled circa.ep. Her work has been published in collections, anthologies, and media such as Drumvoices Revue, Crossing the Divide, and All the Art. Her first collection of poetry and writing is forthcoming.