Local Landscapes is a CPCP program that works in collaboration with Arts Councils and other regional hosts around the nation. 

Local Landscape works to:

  • Convene local stakeholders from inside and outside the arts and culture sector;
  • Map local assets and consider new ways of framing community partnerships;
  • Catalyze and mentor new local arts-based partnership projects that serve community-identified needs.

Although Local Landscape is customized for each partner/host site, here is an outline of the the program’s general sequence.

Phase 1
With a host, identify stakeholders from around the arts, culture and public good/civic sectors ecology (for example, health, education, planning, social service agencies, funders, higher ed, government, arts organizations…), develop an invitation strategy , hold a convening. At this convening, share a framework for a spectrum of arts-based community engaged practice, share examples, help the group see possibility through shared vocabulary and seeking shared intentions;

Phase 2
Establish two groups by inviting participants to self identify, and to help us expand the circle of participants- these two groups are A, artists/arts organizations with an interest in collaborative community engaged arts practice, and B, potential community partners who are willing to consider working with artists in some new and unexpected ways. Hold two half-day workshops, one for each group. 

Then bring both groups together.  Stakeholders from the phase 1 group who were not part of either of these two workshop groups are invited to now join again. Discuss partnerships, networks, resources. Look for potential partnerships, and start conversations about hypothetical projects;

Phase 3
Actually start a few projects, run a learning cohort with participating project teams, and offer coaching and mentorship throughout these projects;

Phase 4
Documentation, evaluation and local/field visibility- to support more work happening, and make to visible learnings about the local context for this work.

To learn more, contact us.