CREATIVE INTERVENTIONIST CONVENING
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA // APRIL 13-15, 2018

CELEBRATING CULTURE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
The Creative Interventionist Convening brings together creators and doers from around the country to share what they are discovering in their communities, to learn from each other, to amplify their work, and to create impactful projects. The Convening will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, a rapidly expanding city that has one of the lowest socioeconomic mobility stats in the country. Charlotte is discovering new ways to honor and preserve the stories of its neighborhoods while embracing this new growth.

The Convening will set the stage nationally for where this work is currently, actively focus on neighborhood level projects and impact, and develop tools to insert art and culture at the center of neighborhood development. We will celebrate Charlotte’s neighborhoods and collaborate with local residents to discover ways to develop Charlotte authentically and compassionately. Participants at the Convening will include League Fellows from around the country, artists, creators, makers and partners of the League of Creative Interventionists.

Our inner neighborhoods are experiencing rapid growth and transition. Now, is the time to recognize and celebrate the history and culture of neighborhoods near center city. It is also time to engage residents in envisioning their neighborhoods future. The League of Creative Interventionists Fellows are well trained in developing innovative programs that inform and engage residents in celebrating history and imagining the future. This is what we will be setting the stage to do this year at the convening. Join us.
— Charles Thomas, Program Director, Knight Foundation (Charlotte)
Being a fellow is about building community as a way to highlight a common thread we all share: the need for a sense of belonging. During a time in which our city is experiencing tremendous growth and sprawl, neighborhood residents want to have their voices heard and desire to be included. The convening creates a space for change agents to explore ways to bring people together to advocate and support each other in addressing the issues that impact the well-being of us all.
— Quintel Gwinn, 2018 Creative Interventionist Fellow, Charlotte

// AGENDA

 “The convening helped to define which actions are critical and which are advisory and adaptable to our particular circumstances in Wichita. Hearing from speakers like Carol Coletta was very beneficial, especially to fellows from our team who haven't been exposed to urbanism thought leaders on that level.” - Jenny Wiley, 2017 Wichita Fellow

“The convening helped to define which actions are critical and which are advisory and adaptable to our particular circumstances in Wichita. Hearing from speakers like Carol Coletta was very beneficial, especially to fellows from our team who haven't been exposed to urbanism thought leaders on that level.”
- Jenny Wiley, 2017 Wichita Fellow

SPEAKER SERIES
DAY 1: "BE CURIOUS"
FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH
5:30-8:30PM
LOCATION: McColl Center 721 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Start the convening by connecting with others and tapping into what is possible when we are curious together. Hear from and engage with national change-makers and artists about groundbreaking projects they have done in their communities and meet fellow creators who will inspire you to be more effective leaders, facilitators and makers.

5:30-6:00PM - Hors d'oeuvres, Mix and Mingle
6:00PM - Hunter Franks, Founder, League of Creative Interventionists, Why We Are Here
6:10PM - Speaker Sessions featuring:

  • Charles Thomas, Charlotte Program Director, Knight Foundation "Growing Neighborhoods Equitably"

  • Julie Eiselt, Mayor Pro Tem, Charlotte City Council "How Neighborhood Leaders Can Impact Their Cities"

  • Dan Parham, CEO, Neighborland "Everything Big Starts Small"

  • Stephanie Leonardi, Head of Build Corps, Akron "Educating and Employing Youth"

  • Anne Koller, Executive Director, League of Creative Interventionists "Coming Home to 53205"
  • Muneer Bahauddeen, Peace Post, Milwaukee "Our Time is Now: Artists as Necessary Leaders"

 “The convening gave me a better perspective on how community can come together without excuses.” - Dray Evans, 2017 Akron Fellow  

“The convening gave me a better perspective on how community can come together without excuses.”
- Dray Evans, 2017 Akron Fellow 

CHARLOTTE DEEP DIVE
DAY 2: "CO-CREATE AND ADAPT"
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH
8:30AM - 10:00PM

Discover Charlotte through tours and small group learnings to learn how local artists and organizations are utilizing culture in their work. Join us in the evening for a showcase and collaborative art experience hosted by the Charlotte Fellows Chapter.

8:00 // Breakfast at Mosaic Village
8:30 - 9:30am // Historic West End Tour with Alysia Osborne, Director of Historic West End
9:00 - 9:30 am // Amy Herman/Amy Bagwell of Goodyear Arts
9:30 - 10:00 am // Sarah Hazel of City of Charlotte / No Barriers
10:00 - 12:00pm // Fellow Project Presentations + Feedback
12:00 - 1:30pm  // Lunch
2:00 - 5:00pm // Choose from three Charlotte Adventures
5:00 - 7:00 // Group Dinners
8:00 - 10:00pm // Art Showcase Event hosted by Charlotte League of Creative Interventionists with a Collaborative Art Experience by Ben Koller and Muneer Bahauddeen at BLKTECHCLT Charlotte, Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Suite 105, Charlotte, NC.   Buy your tickets now!

FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATIONS
DAY 3: "EXECUTE AND GENERATE"
SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH
FELLOWS AND MENTORS ONLY

 “The convening was my highlight. For a few days I really did feel less alone in this work: big things felt possible together.” - Rebecca Henderson, 2017 Charlotte Fellow

“The convening was my highlight. For a few days I really did feel less alone in this work: big things felt possible together.”
- Rebecca Henderson, 2017 Charlotte Fellow

Fellows will work directly with experienced practitioners in their fields, have one-on-one mentorship time and have a task force supporting them in executing their projects and preparing for the year ahead. 

8:00-9:00AM: TOOLS & RULES
Anne Koller will go through the toolkit and rules of engagement for the Fellowship + Tools everyone will need

9:00-11:30: PROJECT WORKSHOPS
Workshop rotation with entire group.  Each fellow will walk through a 30 minute workshop in the 5 categories and get help from workshop leaders on project integration. (Outlined below)

1. Budget & Payment = Jenny and David
2. Timeline & Milestones = Hunter + Alyssa
3. Partnership & Engagement = Alex and Krista
4. Design & Measuring Impact = Anna + Michelle
5. Communication = Claudia + Rachel

12:00-1:00PM: MENTORSHIP
Each Fellow will be paired with their mentor and onsite mentor to ask questions, get help on next steps

 

 Graphic Storytelling Design by Nikki Kurt from the 2017 Creative Interventionist Convening

Graphic Storytelling Design by Nikki Kurt from the 2017 Creative Interventionist Convening