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Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
Arts Build Communities Part 1
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Arts Build Communities Part 1

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Tom Tresser is a Chicago-based educator, producer and consultant who can help you leverage creativity for economic development and social change.

Tom Tresser is a Chicago-based educator, producer and consultant who can help you leverage creativity for economic development and social change.

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  • 1. “ How Do the Arts Build Communities?” Part 1 [email_address] www.tresser.com
  • 2. Tom’s background… ACTOR INTERNET MARKETER COMMUNITY DEVELOPER PRODUCER EDUCATOR “The Artist As Activist” – Loyola Theatre Department EXEC ED DESIGNER/ FACILITATOR
  • 3. Recent Consulting/Training Projects The Moose Jaw Expedition 2007
  • 4. Other Classes… DePaul Political Science Department “ The Politics of Creativity” DePaul Peace & Social Justice Program “ Nonprofits & Social Change” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago “ The Art of Crossing the Street – the Artist as Citizen” DePaul School for New Learning “ Who’s Lying To You Now?” (media literacy & critical thinking) Loyola Theater Department DePaul Art Department “ The Artist as Activist”
  • 5. What is Community Development?
    • Grassroots efforts to improve neighborhoods
    • Usually focused on building or rehabbing affordable housing
    • Conducted by 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations
    • called community development corporations (CDC’s)
    • Board includes significant rep from people who live in served community
    • These groups also lead wide variety community improvement efforts
  • 6. What is Community Development?
    • First CDC was Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. in Brooklyn, 1967
    • Since 1977 some 40 CDC’s in 60 Chicago neighborhoods have developed 15,000 units of
    • affordable housing
    • Nationally, over 500,000 units of affordable housing developed by CDCs
  • 7.
    • In April 1993 Tom went to work for Peoples Housing as Director of Cultural Development.
    • My task: to use the arts to advance the work of the organization – to help “develop” north east Rogers Park…
  • 8.
    • Community development corporation
    • Non-profit
    • Founded 1979
    • Mission: “To create in east Rogers Park a hospitable community, where every person’s full potential is realized and basic human needs are met.”
    • Program: “Peoples Housing carries out it mission through a three-pronged program of resident controlled, low-income housing , community organizing and cultural development .”
  • 9.  
  • 10. Primary service area CHICAGO BORDER “ NORTH OF HOWARD” COMMUNITY
  • 11. Primary service area 1990 demographics of Census Tract 101 – North of Howard neighborhood Median household income was $18,617 (just 60% of Chicago median) 27.1% 23.5% 48.4% 6,309 Latino White African-American Total
  • 12.
    • Development, rehab & property management
    • Community organizing efforts
    • After I go there…
    • 3. Community Arts Program
    Primary services
  • 13.
    • Development, rehabbing & management of multi-unit apartment buildings
    Peoples Housing developed and managed 21 properties, with 600 families. Primary services
  • 14. Peoples Housing’s development projects totaled over $22,000,000! Primary services
  • 15. The Howard Theater Located on Howard Street, in heart of our neighborhood
  • 16. The Howard Theater BUILT IN 1918 – CLOSED FOR 20 YEARS!
  • 17. The Howard Theater Mass transit elevated station and bus terminal Storefront businesses Theater unsafe and closed off Facing Howard Street Lobby was sound, heated, 4,000 sq. ft.
  • 18. The Howard Theater We took a grassroots, creative and fun approach to building awareness, attracting talent and getting stuff…
  • 19. The Howard Theater How to get chairs to fill up the newly opened Howard Theater Lobby Space? OVER 100 CHAIRS DONATED IN ONE DAY!
  • 20. We followed the “Community Capacity” model of community development articulated by Dr. John Kretzmann & Dr. John McKnight of Northwestern University. http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/abcd
  • 21.
    • The Community Capacity Model is an asset-based approach:
    • each community is rich with wide range of “assets” -- things, people, talents, places and associations - these things are already in place
    • they need to be recognized, cataloged and thought of as being capable of being used for empowerment and enrichment.
  • 22. SAMPLE COMMUNITY ASSET MAP From: “A Community Building Workbook,” 2005, Northwestern ABCD
  • 23.
    • We did a grassroots survey to see what neighborhood folks wanted in a community cultural center and what they thought they could do there…
    • Drafted and refined 2-page community survey
    • Trained and deployed teams of interviewers
    • Conducted over 1,050 interviews throughout neighborhood
  • 24.
    • RESULTS
    • Marketing & programming feedback + got the word out
    • Unearthed community talent
    • Surfaced potential volunteers & leaders
    • Surfaced potential teachers, vendors, producers
  • 25. [email_address] www.tresser.com Creativity is America's most precious natural resource. It's renewable, unlimited and universally available. Creativity is our heritage, our promise and the source of our prosperity. And, like a natural resource, creativity needs to be respected, conserved, stewarded and celebrated. But, like a natural resource, creativity can be polluted, squandered and blocked. Tom Tresser is a consultant, producer, educator and trainer who can help individuals, companies and communities leverage and amplify their creative assets in order to solve problems, create economic value and trigger civic engagement.

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