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January/February 2017 Conference Overview

Marianne Grosspietsch and Audri Scott Williams

Building Creative Communities Conference 2017

Two Day Introduction to Social Artistry

January 24th-26th, 2017 | 9:00 am-6:00 pm

In the two day training offered as a pre-conference in conjunction with the Building Creative Communities conference, you will learn how to employ latent human capacities at the sensory and physical level, the psychological and relational level, mythic and symbolic, and spiritual levels. You will become more creative, more imaginative and more finely equipped to deal with the many challenges of life.

Those who have taken the two day introduction to Social Artistry are eligible to take the post-conference course which deepens the processes.

Building Creative Communities Conference Sessions

January 26th-29th, 2017 | 9:00 am-6:00 pm

As a Conference Attendee, you will experience both of these dynamic sessions:

Track 1: Story Bridge with Dr. Richard Geer: In this session you will be immersed in the power of story, as a teller, a listener and a creator of the retelling of story. You will gather stories and then chose selected stories, music, props, everything that will make these stories come to life. Then you and your group will perform these stories in an evening cabaret. One participant stated, “Richard Geer alone is worth the trip to Colquitt”

Jonathan Nguyen, a Florida State University College of Social Work student wrote: “Nothing I learned from a textbook could ever compete with the knowledge and wisdom I received from the speakers and inspirers of Colquitt, Georgia and Swamp Gravy.”

Track 2: The Art of Social Change: Creativity As Currency with international trainer in Social Artistry, Janet A. Sanders. As participants in the Building Creative Communities conference you will learn how to develop and explore what it means to be a social entrepreneur. How does one sustain the energy, motivation and creativity to do the hard work of community transformation? The Social Artist is taught skills and practices which are an antithesis to burn out. Social Artistry brings out your inner Artist and gives you the focus, dedication, skill and vision to conduct the work that we are called to do in community

A special highlight will be a performance of Swamp Gravy during the Thursday evening opening ceremonies on January 26, 2017.

Social Artistry Creative Leaders' Training @ BC3

January 30-February 3, 2017 | 9:00 am-9:00 pm

We are also extremely excited to announce the Creative Leaders' Training, which will be a bridge to the traditional Train the Trainers. We will be working with participants to focus on the self-improvement aspect of Social Artistry and how to use the exercises in daily practice. The training will provide practice not only of the presentation of the exercises, but also ways to weave the exercises into daily work and play. We want to create a tangible sensibility that encourages use of the work as a consistent and regular practice.

Key Features of Creative Leaders' Training:

-Guided rehearsal of individual exercises

-Presentation critique & praise

-Exercise patterns and alternative uses -Training to adapt exercises based on community & environment

-Facilitation training including some ICA techniques

-Training Manual & participant worksheets to duplicate

-PowerPoint, DVD & Music to use in presentations

-How to use the work in daily practice

-Certificate of Completion

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