TENT Folk and Tribal Arts training Curriculum Development Workshop
Consultations brought together diverse linguists, administrators, and creatives from folk dance, tribal art, music, and other oral genres to deliberate on curriculum design to train rural arts catalysts.
Veteran tribal scholar-practitioner demonstrates, with help from participants, the use of traditional folk dance as an effective way for community building and participation.
In total 2 consultations were held that provided impetus for identifying resource materials, trainers, and program design that oral arts trainers could use for community development.
Creative Communities On Mission
Covenant Creative Communities on Mission (C3Ms) is a weekly space that brings together diverse creatives, creating an environment for sharing, exchanging feedback, peer review, and learning from best practices in the industry.
Over the course of time, participants build trust and explore opportunities to work together, brainstorm opportunities for creative problem solving, putting their time and talent for the betterment of their localities.
Networking and building friendships
Brainstorming on the possibilities for engaging the community at large in partnership with a new local farmer's market store location.
Artists sharing works-in-progress
C3M members gathering at One Field, a local entrepreneurial initiative to reduce the time and effort (storage of farm produce) from farmer to buyer in order to help local farmers get a better return for their produce.
The act of meeting "on site" served as an effective first step to help One Field become a place for building community and "a place from where community action can be initiated." Apart from assisting One Field in their market goals, the initiative helped to bring together local talent and build community in an organic way. It also helped bolster creative problem-solving from being on location rather than remote, which helped with idea generation and deployment to a degree not experienced prior to this experience.
Here, a local musician shares about the "hum drum" he developed to teach music (basic rhythm) to children with autism. The exposure had a mutual reciprocal impact--people became interested in the music ministry with autistic children and some who heard about it purchased the hand made drums. On the other hand the local community benefitted from the role music can play in building community.
C3Ms turned out to be an excellent place for all sorts of talent including drama. Here a member of the group shares an impromptu skit.
The Unbeautiful Project
A ritual with implications for human-ecological focus
A project focusing on community building through the arts while leveraging the power of symbol and ritual in the context of a community of practice intent on addressing the needs of the world.
Interviews with community members on what their faith meant to them in a given season in their liturgical calendar opened the way to a community-wide active participatory reflection on the meaning of symbol and ritual in the context of this community of practice.
The semblance of the religious symbol with garbage strewn all over it, collected from members of the community, is representative of the mounds of garbage piled up and strewn all across crowded city roads and neighborhoods in the city. Isn't there a place for all the filth, refuse, and waste of the world? But what could this mean in spiritual terms for the unwanted and unnecessary things that people tend to carry around caused by hurt, fear, and offense by others?
The Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Manila, brought together at this table Deans of Global Business Schools to deliberate on issues concerning developing emerging leaders for the social sector.
Catalyzing brainstorming sessions with co-workers in the arts from different nations concerning the launching of arts catalysts in various global regions and a plan of action to onboard, equip, and sustain community projects on the ground.
Here with key leaders and entrepreneurs from South Asia.
Lausanne Global Leadership Forum last day celebration
Exploring potential for global impact with colleagues in the Lausanne Movement from the Technology and Media Issue Network. The exercise served to bring together diverse perspectives, Denmark, South Africa, US, and India, to explore opportunities for networking and partnership on projects of common interest.
Creativity Consultant | Coach | Arts Catalyst
Uday Balasundaram, PhD, is a creativity consultant, arts catalyst, speaker, and coach.
Uday is an innovative and creative design solutions leader, with a strong focus in strategic ideation, culture-critical thinking, research, and problem-solving.
With over 30 years of experience globally working with creative organizations, artists, and public media, Uday offers unique insights into the formation and sustenance of creative missional communities and how to nurture sustainable creative ecosystems for lasting influence and impact.
Typically we work with people and organizations looking for fresh ways to solve systemic issues, strengthen internal innovation efforts, and leverage the power of creativity and the arts for culture renewal.
We would be interested to explore efforts to collaborate and partner to build a more sustainable future, including: exploring new ways to grow and equip a team within your organization to be equipped in the areas of cultural intelligence and exegesis, aligning gifts and calling with mission, applying creative design solutions toward problem-solving, and research-based approaches for strategic design mission initiatives
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