RECAP: Creative Community House New England 2019

Julia DaSilva
August 14, 2019
Programs & Research

This August 2019, twenty five arts and culture leaders convened at Galusha Hill Farm Lodge in Vermont for a week of learning, community building, and personal and professional development. 

The Fellows took time to reflect in nature and home in on some of the most pressing questions surrounding their creative work and purpose. Each day began with a small group conversation to set aside time for check-ins and goal setting, before fellows dove right into workshops on strategy, leadership, and design thinking. On the first few days of the program, Fellows had the opportunity to create community by sharing their stories, purpose, and vision for their creative work. 

Fellows worked on developing the “Most Important Sentence” of their work: a balanced summary of mission, scope of impact, and audience.

Mallory Nezam – Founder of Justice + Joy LLC – led a workshop on equity-based leadership. Nezam’s workshop encouraged Fellows to share their own examples they’ve observed, both in the world and within themselves, of structural inequality. 

In Hannah Fox’s design thinking sessions, Fellows had the opportunity to work in pairs on a design challenge. 

Throughout the week, Fellows were able to meet with the program mentors for 1-on1s. Mentors represented arts leagues, foundations, and cultural work.

In addition to all the sessions, workshops, and hands-on activities, Fellows were also encouraged to appreciate the amenities of Galusha Hill Farm Lodge during their free time, including canoeing and paddle boarding on the lake and hiking on one of the many trails. Fellows also had daily opportunities for reflection on the program and their own wellbeing. 

Think you might be interested in applying? Keep an eye on the program page. Tuition is included free of charge for all Fellows.