When we share creative experiences and express our creativity, we build powerful connections with the people we’re closest to, with our community and the world around us, and with ourselves. Join the Creating Connection movement, a national initiative to change social norms so creative expression, arts, and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.
Creating Connection is a national movement to make arts and culture a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.
It builds on previous efforts to promote the arts and culture, but is grounded in new research and a unique approach to building public will that creates change that stands the test of time.
They are now sharing what the initiative has learned with organizations and leaders across the country -- offering presentations, in-depth training programs, workshops, and technical assistance that can help you understand and apply these new strategies, messages, and tactics to your work.
Creating Connection is co-led by Arts Midwest and Metropolitan Group in collaboration with a committed group of state and local arts agencies, arts and culture institutions, arts service organizations, working artists, arts educators, and others.
Creating Connections has developed a message guide and set of tools to help you apply their strategies in your own work and programs. These materials are free for you to download and reuse. These include: a message guide, story and photo tips, an engagement guide, and much more. Find the entire suite of tools by clicking here.
Looking to review the public values research? Curious to hear from arts and culture leaders about how they’ve used the Creating Connection recommendations to shift their messaging and programming? Check out the growing library of recorded webinars for stories and insights from the field. Access the Creating Connections webinar page by clicking here.
At its core, art is about connecting with other people — whether that’s in an art gallery, a concert hall, or an afterschool program. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, inspired by the tools offered from Creating Connection, created a five-part series of intimate, first-person stories about how creative expression brings us closer to other people, the community around us, and to ourselves. Check out these five unique and inspiring stories below.
Artists create for all sorts of reasons: to express emotion, convey an idea, or raise a political ruckus. For people who struggle with anxiety and depression, art can also be a kind of therapy.
"My guitar makes me feel safer almost. It makes me feel powerful. And angry sometimes, but strong, that I could do that. And it has given me more confidence," Penny said. "I find it cool that sometimes I can be really loud."
After Bennett-Dailey lost both her husband and her brother she became very depressed. Then, a few of her friends bought her a class in beginning jewelry making. That gift, Bennett-Dailey says, changed her life.
"The Fired Up program? Whew! It gave me a purpose," Otis said. It taught me to
be a better person, showed me leadership, and that if I take the initiative and I apply myself, I can get those opportunities out there.
When you learn how to make art – whether it’s oil painting or playing in a rock band – you develop more than just a talent. It can also help you learn some pretty important life lessons about things like failure and vulnerability.