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Community Creativity Conversations

Community Creativity Conversations features cultural leaders from across the Midwest who are making art central to problem solving on more issues in more communities across our region. Listen to learn from authentic, committed people about how they’re making intersectional change, addressing racism and inequity, and bringing people together using art and culture.

Pangea World Theater Reimagines Forward

Hear from Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarjan, cofounders of Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Writer and radio producer Leah Lemm spoke with these innovative creators about a project they’re working on to fight gentrification and displacement in South Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd. Read the full piece >>

All About the Rural Communities Equity Action Guide

Hear from Dawn Espe and Jane Leonard, two Minnesotans who are passionate about equitable community development. Writer and radio producer Leah Lemm spoke with them about a new resource they’re working on to help solidify and advance equity efforts in rural Minnesota and beyond. Read the full piece >>

Thunder Valley CDC Grounds in Lakota Lifeways

Hear from Lynn Cuny and Kyle White, two members of the leadership team at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, a Lakota-led grassroots organization working to build economic prosperity and community vitality in the Pine Ridge Reservation. Lynn and Kyle share about how Thunder Valley CDC is creating space for Oglala Lakota people and lifeways to thrive, and how their new rebrand connects to the ongoing work of liberation. Read the full piece >>

Conversations were recorded as part of a Community Creativity Cohort convening in March 2021. The Cohort is a group of 40 organizations who are making art central to their community building efforts, funded by the Bush Foundation and operated by Arts Midwest.