Dialogues | For the Culture: Creating an Innovative Arts Program from Scratch

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Dialogues | For the Culture: Creating an Innovative Arts Program from Scratch


How does one create a community-centered, collaborative, meaningful, and impactful arts program – from scratch? Adaobi Okolue, Executive Director + Publisher at the Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA) will dive deep into how her and her organization curated and cultivated one of their programs. Our Space Is Spoken For, is a project where community members and artists of color come together to reclaim space. When community storytellers and artists come together, Our Space hopes to rewrite the narratives of how historically marginalized communities live, breathe, and grow.

Learn about how Adaobi and TCMA ideated this project, collaborated with community members, and ultimately was able to create impactful art pieces in the community.

Participants will learn:

  • The pathways organizers and arts administrators can take to cultivate impactful and thoughtful programs
  • Tangible skills and suggestions on how individuals can plan, coordinate, and manage a program from scratch
  • TCMA and Adaobi Okolue’s experience in curating Out Spaces is Spoken For from ground up.

This session is a part of the DIALogues Professional Development Collection. You can register for the full collection here. Can’t make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording.

Please note that while this session is open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


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