Colorado Creative Industries (CCI)
today announced the most recent class of participants in the Change Leader Institute
, which took place April 3-5 in Colorado Springs. The Institute creates a statewide network for creative professionals and community leaders, and supports CCI's goal of enabling cultural and community leaders to work through environmental and organizational change.
Change Leaders who complete the Institute are more prepared for future challenges and will be better equipped to offer creative solutions in response to social and community needs.
A highly successful model initiated in Utah in 2002, the Change Leader Institute has been adapted to fit Colorado's unique cultural landscape. This biannual program, consisting of a three-day curriculum, offers an opportunity for professional development and teaches communication skills that can help leaders leverage and facilitate change in our communities.
Highlights of what Change Leaders learn at the Institute include navigating group dynamics, developing effective negotiation tactics, and building a strong community. Ongoing peer support through social media is an important component of the program.
"The Change Leader training is a great opportunity for individuals to gain leadership skills that can help organizations and communities grow," said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries. "They also become part of a larger network of people committed to positive change in communities through the arts and creative development."
Selections for the upcoming Institute were based on candidates' passion and commitment to leadership and community-building through the arts. The class is comprised of leaders and artists from the non-profit, government and private industries representing geographic locales from around Colorado.
The 2017 Change Leaders are:
- Ruth Bruno (Denver), Colorado Creative Industries
- Andre Carbonell (Denver), Slam Nuba/ Poetry for Personal Power/ Creative Strategies for Change
- Cris Ciani (Denver), Access Gallery
- Maria Cocchiarelli (Walsenberg), Museum of Friends
- Kasey Correia (Ignatio), Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center
- Krista DeHerrera (Gypsum), Town of Gypsum
- Hamidah Glasgow (Ft. Collins), The Center for Fine Art Photography
- Mary Hoffman (Alamosa), Adams State University
- Kathy Iwanowski (Denver), Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
- Jing Yeng Lim (Denver), Artist/Community Volunteer
- Jack Rogers (Ft. Collins), The Lincoln Center
Interested community leaders may apply online at the Creative Industries website for future Change Leader Institutes. Limited to a group of 12 people at each Institute, candidates not selected for next program will be on a waiting list for future institutes. Learn more about the Change Leader Institute here.
ABOUT COLORADO CREATIVE INDUSTRIES DIVISION
Colorado's Creative Industries Division, Colorado's state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.