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.


  Members of the second Ridgeway cohort in power poses at Cumberland Falls State Park. (photo by Aaron Phelps)

Members of the second Ridgeway cohort in power poses at Cumberland Falls State Park. (photo by Aaron Phelps)

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 recruitment for the 2019 cohort launches this spring.  RidgewayLeadership.net.

 


  A cast of 75 performed in “Talking Dirt,” part of a series of plays about life in the heart of Kentucky coal country. (photo by Luke Sharrett for The New York Times)

A cast of 75 performed in “Talking Dirt,” part of a series of plays about life in the heart of Kentucky coal country. (photo by Luke Sharrett for The New York Times)

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).


  Inaugural ILI cohort, team & leadership at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center of African-American history in Jackson, Mississippi.  (photo by Bryan Parker)

Inaugural ILI cohort, team & leadership at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center of African-American history in Jackson, Mississippi.  (photo by Bryan Parker)

INTERCULTURAL LEAdership Institute

The Intercultural Leaderhip Instititue (ILI) is a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTSFirst Peoples FundNational 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 


  Participants at play during the 2017 Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute held at Pine Mountain Settlement School.  (photo by Nicole Garneau)

Participants at play during the 2017 Hurricane Gap Community Theater Institute held at Pine Mountain Settlement School.  (photo by Nicole Garneau)

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 Institute is co-organized by Clear Creek Creative, Handbarrow and Higher Ground. It began in 2016 and the third Institute is being planned for fall 2018. Read more about this work in an article Bob wrote for Howlround, "Grassroots Theatre Training in the East Kentucky Coalfields.".


  Participants in the Beyond Coal & Toward New Power Learning Exchange at Alternate ROOTS created short theatrical works inspired by their story circles. (photo by Nicole Garneau)

Participants in the Beyond Coal & Toward New Power Learning Exchange at Alternate ROOTS created short theatrical works inspired by their story circles. (photo by Nicole Garneau)

Alternate ROots

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:

  • ALIGN
  • Alternate ROOTS
  • Arts & Democracy
  • Bend the Arc Jewish Partnership for Justice
  • Berea Arts Council
  • Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College
  • Carpetbag Theatre
  • Cowan Creek Community Center
  • Cucalorus Film Festival
  • Dance Theatre Etc.
  • Fahe
  • First Peoples Fund
  • Higher Ground
  • 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
  • PA’I Foundation
  • Partners for Education at Berea College
  • People’s Action
  • Philanthropic Capital Fund for Southeast Kentucky
  • Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council
  • Promise Neighborhood
  • 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

Interested in facilitation, community engagement or other support from Clear Creek Creative? Connect with us through the contact form linked below and we'll get in touch.