Upcoming Sessions for Community Leaders

Based in our conversations with many community leaders last fall, the Be the Street OSU Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme project has crafted four unique session offerings in March and April. The sessions include Creative Connecting Over Zoom, Facilitating Inclusive Meetings, Creative Self Care for Community Leaders, and a Teach & Learn Skill Swap.  These workshop sessions are for anyone in Ohio who leads meetings or holds groups of any kind. Please pass this information along to those in your networks or organizations who you think might be interested in this opportunity.  We encourage folks who work with communities of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and identities to join us.

Each session is scheduled for two hours over zoom and are completely covered by an OSU Global Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme grant with no cost you! The sessions can stand alone, or you can attend several and build upon your skills.

Creative Connecting over Zoom (including check ins and play) Register Here!  

Thursday, March 11 4-6 PM EST or Friday, March 19 9-11 AM EST

 Now that everything is on zoom, many people feel burnt out.  Zoom fatigue is a real thing: meeting after meeting… listening to someone talk or going around introducing ourselves.  It can be so much more interesting and even create the types of conversations we feel like we only have between activities — like mingling and authentically connecting.  In this session, we will learn ways to get to know each other and play almost like we would in person.  

 Using interactive tools for online platforms, we will share various team-building exercises, games, and activities that you can use with any group to build trust and engagement and feel more connected in a time of isolation

 This session is for anybody who leads meetings on zoom and wants to foster more connection and sharing, bringing creativity and play into the work. 

 This workshop is free and will take place in one two-hour session. If you attend and find it beneficial, we can discuss bringing the workshop to your organization or team. 

 If you have a good idea you want to try out, we want to help you get to implementation. After participating, you will also be eligible for participating in our small grants program to support and sustain your own creative leadership.

 

Facilitating Inclusive Meetings Register Here!

Friday, March 12 9-11 AM EST or Thursday, March 18 4-6 PM EST 

Have you worked on starting dialogues with groups where the same two or three voices stage the same battles, while everyone else sits in silence? How do we hear from everyone in the room in ways that encourage people to build on each other’s contributions? This scenario may be familiar to folks who want to engage groups in dialogue or facilitate collaborative action. How can we set up space for more voices to be heard and for nuanced conversations that complicate issues? 

In this free, two-hour workshop, we will share communication tactics and conflict resolution strategies which invite folks to listen and share across difference, creating brave spaces for open communication. We will practice activities of varying risk levels—from silent writing as dialogue to sharing points of view by placing one’s self on a continuum. If you attend and find it beneficial, we can discuss bringing the workshop to your organization or team.

 Please note: This is not a course in conflict mediation. Our focus is on laying the groundwork for getting everyone in a group to speak, be heard, listen to and build on others’ contributions. 

 After participating, you will be eligible for participating in our small grants program to support and sustain your own creative leadership.

Creative Self Care for Community Leaders Register Here!

Thursday, March 25 4-6 PM EST or or Friday, April 9 9-11AM EST 

As community leaders, workers, artists and organizers this pandemic has taken a specific toll on our work as well as our nervous systems.  The communities we work with all have unique challenges and needs that are often disproportionately affected by the circumstances of the crisis. 

 In this free, two-hour session, we will share creative tools that you can directly adapt to support yourself and the communities you serve. If you attend and find it beneficial, we can discuss bringing the workshop to your organization or team. 

 If you have a good idea you want to try out, we want to help you get to implementation. After participating, you will also be eligible for participating in our small grants program to support and sustain your own creative leadership.

Teach and Learn – Skill Swap Register Here!

Friday, March 26 9-11 AM EST or Thursday, April 8 4-6 PM EST 

 Join our session where you’ll meet other community leaders using creative methods to engage with folks and meet groups’ needs during these challenging times.  We’ll provide a framework for exchanging skills and resources, and offer a space to meet new people and expand your existing networks.  Share your best tool from your toolkit and pick up a couple new tricks for successful community-building and creative thinking. Teach and Learn.