Facilitation for personal, organizational and social change is a key aspect of our community and cultural engagement at Clear Creek Creative. Check out current project highlights as well as links to other partners and past projects below.
Ridgeway | Transformative Leadership Experience
Ridgeway is an immersive year-long cohort experience for Kentucky and Central Appalachian leaders focused on intensive personal development, interpersonal awareness and network-building. The ambition of Ridgeway is to deepen and extend the quality and number of authentic, powerful leaders working together across sectors for a just transition in the region and in solidarity with other transition efforts worldwide. The program began in 2015 and applications are currently being accepted for the fourth cohort which launches in spring 2019. RidgewayLeadership.net.
Community Story Projects
Clear Creek Creative has directed, devised, co-written, performed and otherwise supported dozens of community story projects. Some of our favorites include Higher Ground: Talkin’ Dirt and Higher Ground: Find A Way with SECTC (Harlan Co, KY); HomeSong I, II, III with OCAT (Owsley County, KY); The Homecoming with the Cowan Creek Community Center (Letcher Co, KY); Los Voces de las Apalaches with the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center; Red Hook High and Rise Above (Brooklyn, NY). Our work on community story projects has led to the co-creation of the Hurricane Gap Community Performance Institute to support the grassroots theater movement and cultural organizing in East Kentucky (see more below).
INTERCULTURAL LEAdership Institute
The Intercultural Leaderhip Instititue (ILI) is a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation. ILI is a national year-long leadership development experience for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals who are engaged in cultural equity and change-making within their communities. Clear Creek Creative has provided facilitation, program design and implementation and project management to support the ILI leadership in bringing their vision for this program to fruition. WeAreILI.org
Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute
Hurricane Gap was developed to support the grassroots theatre movement and multi-generational community story projects happening throughout East Kentucky and Central Appalachia. The Institute builds from a legacy of reframing community stories in order to support and advance theatre as a democratic, participatory art. The annual Institute began in 2016 and is co-organized by Clear Creek Creative, Handbarrow and Higher Ground. Read more about this work in an article Bob wrote for Howlround, "Grassroots Theatre Training in the East Kentucky Coalfields.".
All of the work that Clear Creek Creative does is grounded in a liberatory framework. Our liberatory practice has evolved over many years and has been partially informed in the last decade through our membership, leadership and facilitation work with Alternate ROOTS. ROOTS is a network of artist-activists throughout the U.S. South committed to social and economic justice and working to dismantle oppression in all its forms. Bob has served as Chair and as Treasurer for ROOTS and currently serves on an intercultural team of facilitators who provide training and support within ROOTS as part of the Uprooting Oppressions Work Group. Carrie has provided facilitation, coaching and organizational development support to ROOTS. Clear Creek Creative has also designed and facilitated numerous ROOTS Week offerings, learning exchanges and performances. AlternateROOTS.org
OTHER PROJECTS & PARTNERS
Clear Creek Creative has supported great people and organizations near to home and across the country, including:
Arts & Democracy
Bend the Arc Jewish Partnership for Justice
Berea Arts Council
Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College
Cowan Creek Community Center
Cucalorus Film Festival
Dance Theatre Etc.
First Peoples Fund
Intercultural Leadership Institute
Jewish Funders Network
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Kentucky Arts Council
LKLP Community Action Council
MACED (Mountain Association for Community Economic Development)
Mermaid Parade of Coney Island
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
Native Bagel Co.
Owsley County Action Team
Partners for Education at Berea College
Philanthropic Capital Fund for Southeast Kentucky
Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council
New World Foundation
Open Society Foundations
River City Players
SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
Southeast KY Community Technical College
University of the Cumberlands
University of Kentucky Appalachian Center
Working Families Party