Collaborative Consulting & Projects
If I've learned 2 things in my years on the planet, it's that if you want something to happen, you have to show up, and those things are almost always better when we do them together. I've developed opportunities to pursue collaborative efforts that range from events to strategy planning to presentation & facilitation. Here are some topics that I'm happy to talk about or consult on:
“Weird Friends,’ a.k.a. Unlikely Partnerships
Innovative Organizational Design
What Business Can Learn from Art
Sobriety & the Creative Process
PR & Communications Strategies for Artists
Artist-led Community Development
I also enjoy moderating panels on these topics, and have moderated for Americans for the Arts, Giant Steps, Generation Now Leadership Visit, Springboard for the Arts, Tarnish & Gold and more. If you’re looking to hire a creative speaker or engaging moderator, be in touch.
Select Collaborative/Consulting Projects
Creative Exchange is a key part of my work at Springboard for the Arts. Launched in March 2014, Creative Exchange is a national storytelling and resource sharing platform for artists and communities. We highlight the work of artists, their creativity and their projects which bring communities together. We also host toolkits and resources which can be used by artists, community planners, local governments and others to find new ways to connect to artists and spark change. Creative Exchange is motivated by the philosophy that local communities already hold the resources to address their own issues, that artists are vital contributors to their community, and that if we work together and share ideas, we can all do better. We recently launched Creative People Power, a new framework for artists and communities supporting each other.
Meeting Facilitation & Presentation
Theater is a terrific training for creative meeting facilitation. Combining exercises and games to get groups up and moving, thinking visually about representing relationships and issues, and working together to brainstorm solutions is all part of the rehearsal room process. I have facilitated meetings and retreats for Springboard for the Arts and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Twin Cities chapter, and I particularly enjoy facilitating and moderating public conversations. I have presented on topics related to arts, community, strategy, and development for Americans for the Arts, Giant Steps, Generation Now Leadership Visit, and more.
Dissonance is a network of creative people working to smash the stigma around mental health and addiction issues, and provide connection and support to the creative community. It started as a project of student counselors at McNally Smith College of Music, but in 2015 spun off to its own 501c3 encompassing all kinds of artists. As a founding member of the board from 2015-2019, I helped produce events, web content, and resources at the intersection of creativity and community, doing public facing work around breaking stigmas and having honest conversations so that people feel better about private, really intimate work.
Crown & Sparrow
Crown & Sparrow was a project about artists helping artists, telling great stories and making cool stuff happen. Fort Wilson Riot was Crown & Sparrow's first client in 2010 and Crown & Sparrow ran press campaigns and worked on media strategy with artists like Chastity Brown, The Ericksons, Joey Ryan & the Inks and more. Focusing on working well and working collaboratively, the storytelling and work has led to plenty of local coverage, Daytrotter sessions, NPR features and packed shows, which was exhilarating to see and be a part of.
The Cake Shop
The Cake Shop was an ongoing house show project, traveling to wherever my wife and I happen to be living. It is designed to be an economic benefit for the artists, and give them an intimate setting to perform material with a supportive audience. For the attendees, it is a unique opportunity to see their favorite performers up close and connect more deeply. You can read more about it on the Local Current Blog. Previous performers include Jeremy Messersmith, Caroline Smith, Communist Daughter, Haley Bonar, Chastity Brown, the Pines and more.
Before every block had a party and Rock the Garden really took off, there was the Clapperclaw Festival. Running from 2007-2009, three iterations of this nomadic festival brought a kaleidoscope of arts to partygoers at Bedlam Theatre, the Sound Gallery and Intermedia Arts. Created in collaboration with lead organizer Matt Perkins, musician Domino Davis and theatermaker Jeremey Catterton, I curated the art and fashion elements of the festival, showcasing work from Calpurnia Peach, Jenny Carle, Hilary Falk, Lizardman, Ema Cook, Dillon Bakke, Garrett Perry, Nick Howard and more.