NAMPC Ignite: The Pleasure and Pain of "Community" (NAMPC 2021)
Madison Cario, Minnesota Street Project & Minnesota Street Project Foundation
About this Session
We (societally) tend to think of community as a desired state pleasurable—a fixed thing that folks want to be a part of… something we seek. BUT in the arts, nonprofit, resource-seeking community we are often 'proving' our value and worth and the word 'community' is thorny... can be a pain point—internally, adjacently, externally, and (maybe most importantly) conceptually when we superimpose a mismatched, undefined, and loaded word/concept to our work. In this short talk we will explore some facets of ‘community’ from a first-person perspective and sketch a path to deeper understanding as we shift meaning from noun to verb.
Minnesota Street Project & Minnesota Street Project Foundation
Madison Cario has become a leader in the arts by pairing entrepreneurial approaches and non-profit practice. At their core they believe in the power of art to change lives – the lives of makers, funders, consumers, communities and administrators. They believe joy and inspiration should not be reserved for the few, but readily accessible to all. They have been taught that practicing Access is a way of being in the world, a way of being that contributes to liberation for all of humanity. They have been taught that it is their work to make the world more accessible by sharing what they have learned. They believe in the power of YES!
Equally comfortable sitting in boardrooms and standing centerstage, Cario is a sought after keynote speaker, panelist and leads transformative and entertaining workshops on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access across the country. They currently serve as CEO of the Minnesota Street Project and Minnesota Street Project Foundation.