"The Power of the Creative Spirit to Reclaim a Possible
Future" Saturday's Keynote Speaker - Lisa S. Nelson
"The Social Artistry of Community Resilience"
Featuring Two Exciting Tracks
Resiliency through The Art of Storytelling
The Art of Social Change
January 30 - February 2, 2014
In Partnership with Florida State University,
Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning
This year, 2014, marks the 8th anniversary of Building
Creative Communities Conferences.
Announcing - New This Year - Emerging Leaders as Social Artists.
Emerging Leaders is a collaborative leadership initiative devoted to training young leaders (18-30 years of age) to develop and share evolutionary tools of self-knowledge and community building as they learn to deliver the Social Artistry Introduction curriculum incorporating current language, stories. music, art, and dance. This initiative fosters appreciation for the young adult culture. Foundational Social Artistry training enables young adults to: a. Look at one’s past, present and future through four levels (physical, psychological/historical, mythic/the story, and the spiritual). b. Understand the crucial relationship between culture ( beliefs, values, story, norms, music, dance and art) and behavior. c. Develop an experiential approach that brings forth the expressions of curiosity, joy, gratitude, future mindedness, purpose, visioning, creativity, and generosity.
According to Jean Houston, Colquitt, GA is a
Renaissance town - where the “Creative Class” meets for
inspiration. You will meet people from all over the United
States, who are passionate about their communities:
community theatre and arts advocates, community
organizers, funders, artists, as well as students.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Geer you will participate
in the Art of Storytelling and an evening Cabaret. One
participant stated, “Richard Geer alone is worth the
trip to Colquitt.” You will also participate in the The
Art of Social Change lead by international trainer
in Social Artistry, Jan Sanders. A special highlight
will be a performance of Swamp Gravy: Brothers
and Sisters, during the Thursday evening opening
ceremonies on January 30, 2014.
Jonathan Nguyen, a Florida State University College of Social Work
student wrote: “Nothing I learned from a textbook could ever compete
with the knowledge and wisdom I received from the speakers and
inspirers of Colquitt, Georgia and Swamp Gravy.”
Colquitt is Georgia's First Mural City. See the video below to watch the Agriculture Icon Mural unfold.