January 29-February 1, 2015
The triple interrelated focus for the conference is:
Food, especially production of local food, what a delicious topic to center the 2015 Building Creative Communities Conference around, tapping into the knowledge of people who are experts on this tasty subject. Dr. Tim Beatley, University of Virginia, will be the featured local foods keynote speaker Friday, the 30th, and Mr. Will Harris, President of White Oak Pastures, will be the local foods keynote speaker on Saturday. Also there will be a sage and savory panel of everyday people doing extraordinary things with growing food in their backyards, community gardens, and down on the farm. Led by Dr. Tim Chapin, Florida State University, he is joined on the panel by Juby Phillips, master gardener and founder of Food for a 1000; Richard Jinks, gardener extraordinaire; and Bill Spooner, retired educator who is an excellent raised-bed gardener.
Story Telling That Builds Community
Story plays are food for the soul with Swamp Gravy co-founder and founding artistic director, Dr. Richard Geer, who orchestrates a true journey into the heart of storytelling as celebration and healing.
Participants learn to effectively tell their stories and to listen deeply to stories being told by others. Then participants learn how to take ordinary, extraordinary stories from story form to the stage and perform selected stories for the two cabaret evenings at the conference.
Social Artistry That Creates Social Change
The art of social change is the creative intersection of the environment, the arts, and the community. Creativity and passion are required to design new responses to the challenges and changes occurring in the world. The arts can play a major role in creating a new vision of developing shared awareness and sustaining actions.
Participants will learn of skills to:
• Develop the four levels of active imagination for dynamic vision and actions
• Develop natural capacities for creativity and leadership
• Develop the ability to flesh out dreams and take your vision to reality; make your dreams come true
• Understand the ‘Stages of Change’ in developing sustainable actions and how the arts can facilitate that journey.
This track is facilitated by Janet A. Sanders, international coordinator for Social Artistry training for the Jean Houston Foundation.
2015 is the 9th anniversary of Building Creative Communities Conferences. It was the dream of Karen Kimbrel and Joy Jinks to bring people to the source of creativity and witness firsthand how a town of 1600 people built a cultural tourism industry that brings 55,000 visitors annually and fosters creativity, leadership and inclusivity into building community.
For more information and to register go to http://www.bccconference-colquittga.com