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Presentation given by Gigi Antoni, President/CEO and Erin Offord, Community Specialist, Big Thought at 2009 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference.

Presentation given by Gigi Antoni, President/CEO and Erin Offord, Community Specialist, Big Thought at 2009 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference.

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  • 1. Big Thought: Our Mission Mission To make imagination a part of everyday learning . Vision We envision communities where every learner is immersed every day in opportunities to imagine, create and succeed .
  • 2. Project Overview: System Building Our community believes that it’s the relationship between a variety of high quality creative learning experiences, designed to  build over time , Which result in lasting benefits for children and their community. Out of School Time Creative Learning Integrated Creative Learning In School Creative Learning Children
  • 3. Thriving Minds Cycle: Listen, Learn, Respond
    • Conversations within communities
    • Family, Student Interviews
    • Other Research
    • What does the community want?
    • What kinds of arts learning opportunities are there?
    • Design mechanisms that address what we’ve learned
    • Actualize in the communities
    • Begin Cycle all over again
  • 4. Listening: Community Conversations A picture of what there is , and what there needs to be 167 members representing the education, philanthropic and cultural communities attended six meetings to create a cohesive vision of arts offerings in Dallas.
  • 5. Learning: Community Conversations
    • Arts Learning requires:
    • Interdependent and Interconnected Systems
    • Variety of Supportive Roles
    • Active Engagement & Participation
    • Quality
    • Inclusion
    • Empowerment
    • Communication
    • Accessibility
    • Neighborhood-based
    Common Themes Key Issues
  • 6. Research Components
    • Need for Arts Learning:
    • Parent Survey
    • Parent Interviews
    • Teacher Survey
    • Student Interviews
    • Community Leadership Interviews
    • Arts Learning Assets
    • School Survey
    • Community and Cultural Institution Survey
    • Family Unit Interviews
    Learning: Research Preliminary Findings
  • 7. Learning: Parents as Key Out of School Time Creative Learning Integrated Creative Learning In School Creative Learning Children The three learning environments depend heavily on and react frequently with parents
  • 8. Learning: Parent Interviews Findings
    • The home is often the most important venue for early arts learning.
    • Parents perform a wide range of creative activities
    • In school, out of school, and after school learning is deeply linked
    © June, 2009 by Big Thought. Thriving Minds is managed by Big Thought.
  • 9. Parent Interviews: Results
    • Neighborhood problems
    • wasting time, unproductive activities
    • unsafe outdoor play
    • low achievement, over-emphasis on testing
    • vandalism
    • Creative learning solutions
    • multi-age programming to serve family units
    • programmatic pathways fostering progressive learning
    • mentorship & leadership opportunities for youth & adults
    • community building & networking
  • 10. Learning: Parent Engagement Pathways Personal Experience: Connect message to real experiences Education: Provide access & information Involvement: Neighborhood Leadership Teams Advocacy: Mobilize leaders to promote resources for creative learning Awareness: Spread the word about the value of arts learning
  • 11. Responding: Coordinating Neighborhoods leverage coordinate connect
  • 12. Responding: Neighborhood Leadership Teams Meet w/ Neighborhood Leaders Discuss Community Values Identify Neighborhood Supply and Demand Host Community Orientation Allocate Funds & Implement Programs Information Session with Community Providers Document & Report Partnership Impact
  • 13.  
  • 14. Elementary School Middle School High School Recreation Center Park Library Private School Cultural Institution
  • 15. Community Asset Collecting: Protocol What we’re asking Why we’re asking Genre (Dance, Visual Art, Spoken Word) Discipline and Cost Association Neighborhoods Served Relevance in the Community Connections to other Cultural Institutions Referrals and Leverage Points *Always Update Contact Information
  • 16. Connecting Assets and Needs Need Asset Thriving Minds
  • 17. Engaging Parents Alfreda Rollins “ What we found was that when we invest in the families, the families invest in themselves”
    • Recruited to join Neighborhood Leadership Team
    • Has a long history of advocating for education as a PTA President
    • Brought with her a wealth of relationships, connections, and ideas
    • Helped to pilot a summer camp, whose programming guided the expansion of our summer programming
    • Sons are now teaching kids as part of creative workforce instructional team
  • 18. Engaging the Community: Camp Metal Head “ When we mapped what services were provided where and in what disciplines, we could quickly see there was nothing for teens to do in the summer. That spurred conversations about what we could do with them.”
    • Six weeks of apprentice-like study, facilitated by a professional artist
    • The Dallas Public Library helped recruit teens
    • Food and gasoline were provided by local businesses
    • Students coached how to find professional opportunities through their new skill
    • Graduates of the program can mentor new students
  • 19. Engaging Institutions: Libraries
    • 10 local organizations were involved in putting together this event.
    • 134 families participated in the services offered
    • YA artist Junanne Peck created an interactive “jungle” for children to explore in
    • This year, the same project will be duplicated, infusing creative learning into programming
  • 20. Going Forward: A new vision for the hubs Cultural Institution Community Based Organization Recreation Center Parent Leaders Library Church
  • 21. Current presence Planned Future
    • Year-Round After School and Summer Programming
    • Technical Assistance
    • Technology Support
    • Communications Support
    • Gap Funding
    • Professional Development
    Elementary School Middle School High School Cultural Institution Community Based Organization Recreation Center Parent Leaders Library Church
  • 22. Going Forward: System of Creative Learning Instructors # of Creative parents and citizens # of Pre-professional creative students # of Professional creatives, non-teachers # of Professional creative learning instructors
  • 23. Going Forward: Ensuring Quality SUPPORTS FOR LEARNING RIGOROUS AND CREATIVE LEARNING Six Dimensions of Quality Research conducted by : Arts specialists, researchers, teachers, national experts and Big Thought staff Climate that Supports Art Learning Engagement and Investment in Learning Classroom Dialogue and Sharing Skills, Techniques and Knowledge of the Discipline Creative Choices Expectations, Assessment and Recognition
  • 24. Going Forward: A Road to Shared Civic Outcomes Increased Creative Capital An Excellent System An Equitable System Livable and Productive City
  • 25. Big Thought: Contact Information Gigi Antoni President/CEO [email_address] Erin Offord Community Specialist [email_address] www.bigthought.org