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Creating Change 2024: Disrupt, Engage, Imagine

The Creating Change Summit is an annual in-person gathering of the New Jersey arts and culture community focused on learning, inspiration, and action.

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Creating Change 2024: Disrupt, Engage, Imagine
October 23, 2024 | 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 

The Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank, NJ

The 2024 Summit will focus on themes including rest, joy, community, connection, active listening, well-being, organizational transformation, implementing equitable policies and practices, equitable artistic processes, disrupting oppressive systems, authentic community collaborations, and political/civic engagement in the arts.

“Often, the things we are told are distractions from social change – rest, joy, personal connection, etc – are the very things we need to disrupt oppressive systems and sustain long-term change.”

– Daria M. Sullivan, Creating Change Network Committee Member

Creating Change 2024 will Feature Keynote Experiences Led by:

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Cassandra Lam

Somatic healing facilitator guiding tired and trauma-impacted organizations and communities to rest. Her mission is to uplift rest as a necessary modality for collective healing and social change.

“To create something different than what we’ve survived, we will need new ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the living world around us. We need to rely on more than just our minds. We need to enlist the wisdom of and creative potential within our bodies, hearts, and spirits. We need rest.”

 

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Sofiya Cheyenne

Multi-disciplinary performing artist, teaching artist, and disability advocate/consultant with a constant streak of optimism, two kids, and a big heart. She is the Inclusion Director of Little People of America and Co-Chair of The Dwarf Artist Coalition.

“Being a storyteller is a vital part of human existence. Without stories we don’t learn, we don’t grow, we don’t build empathy, we don’t change.”

 

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Interested in leading a workshop or breakout session?

We are now accepting session proposals. The committee is specifically looking for breakout sessions focused on: well-being, organizational transformation, implementing equitable policies and practices, equitable artistic processes, interrupting microaggressions, disrupting oppressive systems, authentic community collaborations, and political/civic engagement in the arts. Presenters receive complimentary summit registration and a $150 honorarium.

Submit your session proposal by July 31, 2024.

Creating Change Network Steering Committee:

Donna Walker-Kuhne, Chair (New Jersey Performing Arts Center); Rachel Aponte (Visual Arts Center of NJ); Donia Salem Harhoor (The Outlet Dance Project);  Vince Hall (ArtPride New Jersey Foundation); Deonté Griffin-Quick (Artist Communities Alliance); Chase Jackson (Ocean City Arts Center); Sharnita Johnson (Victoria Foundation); Marshall Jones, III (Rutgers University); Eyesha Marable (New Jersey Performing Arts Center); John McEwen (New Jersey Theatre Alliance); Elizabeth Murphy (Gathering Ground); Erica Nagel (New Jersey Theatre Alliance); Adam Perle (ArtPride New Jersey Foundation); Michael Roberson Reid (Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA); Alysia Souder (The Institute of Music for Children); Sheldon Steele (Newark Symphony Hall); Daria M. Sullivan (New Jersey Theatre Alliance); Talia Young (Newark Symphony Hall).

The Creating Change Network is a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance in partnership with ArtPride New Jersey, with a mission to build a more equitable, just, accessible, and anti-racist arts community in New Jersey.

Guided by a steering committee of arts professionals and social justice leaders, the Creating Change Network offers ongoing opportunities for learning and collaboration to move the arts sector forward. The Creating Change Network is committed to the long-term endeavor of shifting culture, empowering leaders, sharing strategies, ensuring accountability, and sustaining hope so that individuals and organizations can progress in this work.

The activities of the Creating Change Network are supported by the Grunin Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.