Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Sparking Creative Community Potential

Track Leaders: Carrie Brunk and Bob Martin

We all have creative potential. Creativity is essential for visioning, planning, implementing and achieving the goals we have for our lives, the groups and organizations we’re part of, and our whole community — and using creative approaches makes our work more fun!

In this track we will:

  • explore more than a dozen techniques and tools for being creative in our everyday work and bringing out the creativity in those around us;
  • learn from examples of how other people in the region have been creative in engaging their groups and communities (this will include taking a look at some of the great community story play projects currently happening across Kentucky);
  • practice listening creatively to our community and working collaboratively among multiple perspectives;
  • learn to recognize abundance and innate solutions, honoring what we have to work with and what we can manifest rather than looking at things from a deficit perspective;
  • map the creative resources available to you and your community and draft a plan of action for putting them to use to achieve personal, organizational or community-wide goals;
  • probably smile, laugh and have some fun while we work!

Everyone is welcome in this track — especially those of you who might not think of yourself as creative. You’ll find at least a little spark of creativity and practice engaging with others to help increase your own, your group’s or your community’s creative potential.

Track Capacity: 20

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who would like to initiate or deepen creativity and community building within a group, organization or community. Applicable for specific projects such as community story plays or for individuals, groups or organizations who would like to learn creative approaches to help achieve their goals.

Physical tools and takeaways from this session:

  • Participants who complete this track will develop a map of creative resources available to them, draft a plan of action for using those creative resources to achieve a desired goal, and learn or practice more than a dozen creative facilitation activities they can use as individuals and within groups. There will be a short take-home overview of the tools and techniques practiced.
Carrie Bunk works with people and organizations committed to envisioning and enacting a better world. She has experience as a non-profit executive, program director, coalition organizer, event producer, trainer, fundraiser, writer and coach. Carrie collaborates on projects ranging in scale from local communities to national networks and works with leaders across diverse sectors including arts, government, grassroots, labor and philanthropy.

Robert Martin works as a theater/film artist, community arts producer, cultural organizer, trainer/facilitator and teaching artist. He is passionate about using story, theatre, and media to create and collaborate in performance that is rooted in the needs, memories, and possibilities of the community from which it is born. He actively uses cultural organizing and story work to examine the intersections of urban and rural communities, to build dynamic partnerships and to bring people into creative collaboration.

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