Supporting Individual Artists: Allies in Communities - How to Support Artist-Led Community Development

Recorded On: 06/09/2020

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Join artist and entrepreneur Brittney Boyd Bullock and founder of ArtUp Linda Steele, for Allies in Communities: How To Support Artist-led Community Development

This informative and inspirational session on arts-based community development will provide insight on how arts managers and local arts agencies can support artists and communities in this critical work.

You will learn what arts-based community development looks like, the various stakeholders, practical strategies and tactics to start, and how to continue this work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these unprecedented times, it is critical that communities and those who serve them are able to tap into strategies that bolster sustainability, reliability, and creativity.

Learning Objectives - In this workshop you will:

  • Review local Memphis models  of artist-led community development.
  • Learn 3 ways arts service organizations/managers can support  artists in community development work.
  • Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Arts-based Community Development.
  • Learn practical collaboration tools to consider when working with artists.

This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Linda Steele

Founder + CEO, ArtUp

Linda Steele is the Founder and CEO of ArtUp, an idea incubator and business accelerator that breaks down barriers to the creative economy; nurtures ideas that drive social change; and launches artists into creative entrepreneurship.

ArtUp initially began as an idea during Steele’s leadership as Chief Engagement Officer at ArtsMemphis. Accomplishments during her tenure include creating an arts-based community development grant portfolio, the Engagement Transforms Communities (ETC ) grants, and launching a Community Engagement Fellowship to build the capacity of Memphis artists and neighborhood leaders in the field. She is the visionary and driving force behind the transformation of an abandoned storefront and former liquor store into an art gallery and community flex space called OMG in Orange Mound, Memphis, Tennessee.

This work has allowed her opportunities to present on creative placemaking and the power of arts, creativity, and innovation to revitalize disinvested communities at conferences and workshops across the country and around the world.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Linda has used her entrepreneurial expertise in the past to help open the first arts-based private pre-school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has served in leadership positions at Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cool Culture, Inc., and has an extensive background in youth development and education. She is a graduate of both Amherst College and Harvard University. Her work at ArtUp and ArtsMemphis has received numerous honors and
awards including: the inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts; a 2016 and 2017 Artworks grant from The National Endowment for the Arts; membership in the 2016-17 PlaceLab Salon Sessions in Chicago, Illinois; and selection as a 2017-18 member of NEW INC in New York City, the first museum-led incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. Steele is the host of The Artivism Podcast on The OAM Network where she interviews artists, musicians, activists, and creatives who work at the intersection of art and social activism.


Brittney Boyd Bullock

Brittney Boyd Bullock of Memphis, Tennessee, has worked as Project Manager for the Urban Art Commission managing Memphis’ largest public art archive and as the Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager for Crosstown Concourse & Crosstown Arts overseeing a variety of collaborative creative programs and exhibitions.

She now holds the position of Director of Youth Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative helping to build sustainable relationships with Memphis' youth while implementing youth-led and youth-driven programs. Her journey of cultivating trust and lasting relationships has helped to naturally create opportunities for collaboration with various communities, organizations, and artists that invite participation from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. 

As a mentor and former fellow of the Robert E. Gard award ArtUp Fellowship, her interests in community engagement and social change has led her to an artistic practice that embraces artists to redefine why they create, how they create, and for what purposes. As a freelance artist, she is most interested in art that questions notions of identity and culture, with power and ownership. Her work and process engage ideas of trust, beauty, and memory.

Instagram: @dontblink_bb

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