Module 1: Community + Culture + Equity
About this Module
Artists at the Community Development Table
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?"
- 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
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
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.