Summer Institutes

Our annual institutes are open to the public and bring together artists, educators, placemakers, culture keepers, staff and leaders in non-arts system agencies and organizations (municipal departments, non profits), and other practitioners from around the country.  Find information about the 2019 CPCP Institute : Civic Practice, Creative Placemaking, and Placekeeping below.

Or if you are an artist, educator, or administrator interested in devising theatre techniques, visit Sojourn Theatre to learn more about our 2019 Sojourn Theatre Summer Institute.



Building Effective Partnerships

A 3-Day CPCP Intensive for Cross Sector Project Teams

June 18th-20th, 2019 // 9AM-4:30PM // Chicago, IL

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If registering before 11:59PM on April 12th, 2019, use code “EARLYBIRD” for a discounted registration fee.

Are you working at the intersection of transportation and public art? Community planning and theatre as public engagement strategy? Are you a non-profit and a neighborhood visual artist tackling a civic health issue together? Are you a municipal department working with an artist in residence trying to build a community engaged process for a problem-solving collaboration?  If as a team you are interested in expanding your knowledge and/or capacity for arts-based community led transformation, join us for this three day session on ideas, approaches and partnership process related to civic practice, placemaking and placekeeping.

Center for Performance and Civic Practice is a national team of artists who believe that with the right approach, the same tools and capacities that artists use to make art can be utilized to transform systems and improve the impacts of government and community-driven efforts and programs. We advise, consult and collaborate across the US on projects often framed as Creative Placemaking/Arts and Community Development. We work with institutions and systems including city governments, community-based organizations, arts councils, universities, social service agencies and parks departments as well as with individual artists and arts organizations. Through our work with these entities and relationships with groups like ArtPlace and LISC, we frequently provide technical assistance to cross sector teams in communities who are developing their own capacity for integrating arts, culture and design into projects with public good goals. We are excited to now be offering this sort of capacity-building through this CPCP Summer Institute. Join CPCP Lead Artist for Civic Imagination Michael Rohd alongside CPCP Learning Lab & Catalyst Initiative Program Director Rebecca Martínez for this three day workshop looking at process and tools for: how to develop creative strategies focused on problem-solving; coalition building and inclusive visioning; how to build individual and/or organizational capacity for cross-sector partnerships; how to invite, listen and incorporate community voices by designing public engagement tactics and project decision-making with values of equity and justice at the core; how to build further local interest, awareness and capacity for this type of work.

Unable to join us for three days? Or not currently part of a project team? You can still join us for our Intro to Civic Practice and Creative Placemaking, June 18th. Or join for the three days in the important role of respondent- engage with one of the attending teams as they go through the process. You will be prompted to offer observations, help guide inquiry and collaborate on the team's work to articulate, clarify and develop purpose and strategy.

For information on our annual Sojourn Theatre summer institute, click here.

For additional questions, contact us.



Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design & Art,  author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue and holds the position of Lead Artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice, which he co-founded in 2012. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. Recent/Current projects include co-leading a multi-year CPCP partnership with Willa Taylor at Goodman Theater; a new Sojourn work called Don’t Go he is co-leading with Rebecca Martinez and Nik Zaleski set to Premiere in 2020 at ASU Gammage; a  two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; collaborations with Steppenwolf Theater, Singapore Drama Educators Association and Americans for the Arts; and, working with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn's model performance/engagement process/production How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes.


Rebecca Martínez is the Program Director for CPCP’s Catalyst Initiative and Learn Lab. As Program Manager, Rebecca Martinez has provided logistical and programmatic support in addition to mentoring for artist and partner teams for two of CPCP’s core initiatives: Catalyst Initiative and Learning Lab. A Brooklyn-based artist collaborating with CPCP since 2013, Rebecca is also an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre and has worked as a creator/performer, choreographer, facilitator, teaching artist, and director for multiple national projects including Don’t Go, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, Finding Penelope, Islands of Milwaukee, On The Table, and the two year Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities. With both CPCP and Sojourn Theatre, her work focuses on cross-disciplinary social and civic practice through co-designed arts-based engagement and invitation strategies. As a theatremaker, Rebecca has worked regionally with companies such as PlayMakers Repertory Company, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Working Theater, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Milagro Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, INTAR, the 52nd Street Project, the Lark, Young Audiences, and Creative Arts Team.  Rebecca is a member of: the Sol Project Collective, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, SDCF Observership Class, Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, New Georges Jam, 2018-2020 Women’s Project Lab, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow, Associate Member of SDC. Awards: four Portland Drammy Awards; Lilla Jewel Award.

Sojourn and CPCP work to support and increase the capacity of artists and community organizations to imagine and collaborate towards racially equitable and economically just communities.

This year we are able to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to offset tuition costs. If financial need is an obstacle to participation, please email for information on how to apply for a scholarship. People from historically underrepresented, underfunded, and excluded populations and communities are especially encouraged to apply. We have extended the scholarship application deadline to 11:59PM Central on March 29th, 2019.

The CPCP Civic Practice & Creative Placemaking/Placekeeping Institute is hosted by The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre as part of a multi year CPCP & Goodman Theatre partnership.

Center for Performance and Civic Practice offers workshops, trainings, and coaching around the country.   To bring a workshop or training to your community, we'd love to hear from you