Module 1: Community + Culture + Equity

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Artists at the Community Development Table

Module 1: Community + Culture + Equity

In the first module, we begin with terms and concepts that will lead us to develop shared language and shared content. As we begin the process of community development, how do we experience and enable listening and language and get comfortable with authentic engagement and relationship building? We explore the ideas of cultural competency and equity as decisions are made in and about communities. We ask, "How do we respect and honor all the stories of these communities?" 

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of communication through models and discussion of communication theory.
  • Realize the importance of effective communication in developing cultural competency.      
  • Recognize the multiple roles of community members in inclusive community development.

This module includes:

  • A webinar
  • An interactive worksheet
  • A quiz

Continue to Module 2

Roseann Weiss

Creative Advisor

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 artistsand 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 RevueCrossing the Divide, and All the Art. Her first collection of poetry and writing is forthcoming.




ACDT Module 1: Community + Culture + Equity Webinar
ACDT Module 1: Community + Culture + Equity Quiz