All posts filed under: Community Engagement

Thoughts on how to serve your community.

As I mentioned in my previous post, serving your community can be some of the most rewarding work we can do as artists. Here are some thoughts about ways you can roll up your sleeves and serve your community. What to do…….. If you want to serve but don’t have the time — This is the biggest reason people don’t serve a cause they care about. Here are three quick suggestions to help you carve out time to get involved: Incorporate work that you’re already doing into an initiative. For example, if you perform in a chamber music series, consider donating all proceeds for a specific performance to a local charity. Block off time in your calendar to serve — Instead of thinking about your service as an ongoing thing, commit to two weeks a year of intensive work for an organization, let them know your intent to serve, and show up. The trick is to schedule it ahead of time and keep the time sacred. Consider other types of service to an organization — The …

Downtown Los Angeles

Community Engagement: Part One—Organizational Foundation

It turns out that Los Angeles is a difficult nut to crack when it comes to designing a deep, meaningful community engagement program.  What an amazing and rewarding challenge the last year has been. The time has come to start a deep discussion—via this blog—about the strategies I’ve adopted in the construction of the program.  I’ll tell you up front that this is not a “how to manual” for Community Engagement, rather, it’s a behind the scenes look at how this program has come together.  The hope is that some of the strategies I discuss will serve as inspiration for programs at your institution.  The reality is that you know what’s best for your school and, when it comes to developing a highly impactful program, it’s understanding the dynamics on the ground, in your geographical area, that will help you develop the best strategies moving forward. I think the best way to deliver this portion of the blog is to think about the program chronologically.  So, today I’m going to focus on what organizational factors …