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Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub

Providing communal creative exchange & eco-innovation; for peace, prosperity, social equity, and youth opportunity in the Salinas Valley.

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Design thinking & systems thinking, inspired by this challenge, clarifies our vision of art as connector, allowing us to consider all connected parties' needs & to avoid the pitfalls advocacy groups/innovators in Salinas have fallen into in the past, good ideas falling short, from lack of resources, public support, or consensus. "Being realistic about what is required and the power of the people, " means engaging valuable dialogue to find win-win solutions -empathizing with all stakeholders.

Why does the target community define this problem as urgent and/or a priority? How is the idea leveraging and empowering community assets to help create an environment for success? (1000 characters)

The community, with a poverty rate of almost 20%, a homicide rate higher than that of LA, and a large undocumented/farm-worker family population, faces severe housing/space shortages, denying access to creative space for creative solutions. The Arts & Innovation Hub will provide access to creative space: [1] for dialogue around racial equity, economic empowerment, and alternatives to existing social, ecological, and public/mental health disparities; and [2] for creative career pathways/cultural resources, serving businesses & providing platforms to open the Salinas Valley to the global community, allowing marginalized Salinas to participate in its own narrative, and implement real solutions to longstanding problems, by directly connecting artists with one another, with community, and with businesses and community employment opportunities. We have the resources and the vital artists & arts collectives in the community already. We just need the bridge to connect them, in the hub.

How does the idea fit within the larger ecosystem that surrounds it? Urgent needs are usually a symptom of a larger issue that rests within multiple interrelated symptoms - share what you know about the context surrounding the problem you are aiming to solve. (500 characters)

Helping cultivate a sustainable arts ecosystem in Salinas, we understand that, as Monterey County Arts Council Director, Paulette Lynch suggested in a recent presentation, "Art is the answer." The crises we face today in Salinas - as farm worker populations fight to survive, agricultural industry struggles to feed more people with fewer resources, and artist/innovators strive to find access to space and opportunity - can be solved with Art as connector of peace, prosperity, and planet.

How does the idea affect or change the fundamental nature of the larger ecosystem that surrounds it (as described above) in a new and/or far-reaching way? (500 characters)

The hub will reach out to the region's most marginalized communities, filling the void brought by the lack of creative space - symptomatic of deficient cultural/creative resources. The hub has already begun partnering with regional & national organizations, bringing seed funding & synergy among local artists and industry partners. It will serve both community and industry, building bridges to address racial inequities, strengthen relationships, and create new, creative opportunities for all.

What will be different within the target community as a result of implementing the idea? What is the scope and scale of that difference? How long will it take to see that difference and how will it be sustained beyond BridgeBuilder support? (500 characters)

The community will have access to creative space, with artists and arts collectives working in concert rather than in competition, to create accessible career pathways, cultural resources, and direct employment opportunities for marginalized community members. The scope/scale of this effort are much broader than any one entity in the community could achieve alone. With BridgeBuilder support, we project 2-3 years to be self-sustaining, through industry and community partnership to benefit all.

How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)

Each subsequent phase has allowed us the opportunity to bring new stake-holders together to discuss the project, helping us clarify and cement our vision, and reifying our commitment to win-win solutions, to community, and to the essential nature of art as connector/problem-solver. Meetings have reaffirmed the potentiality for art to address not only socioeconomic, but public health problems, while serving three distinct sectors which will work in concert: marginalized community members of all ages, artists and arts collectives, and businesses (especially in the vibrant agricultural industry central to Salinas's economy). We've also targeted a key problem in the need to connect these disparate groups. Sociopolitical divides ingrained in the very history of the region and its industry, from John Steinbeck to Cesar Chavez & the UFW strikes, into today, have left scars, preventing the vital bridge-building needed to bring all sectors together for peace, planet, and prosperity today.

What are the key steps for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (You can attach a timeline or GANTT chart in place of a written plan, if desired.) (1000 characters)

The Hub has gotten underway thanks to small grants from the state of California’s Center for Cultural Innovation: Investing in Tomorrow Grant Program, and from the Arts Council for Monterey County. This has helped us bring together disparate artists and organizations operating within Salinas, to provide leadership opportunities for positive social impact. The Bridge Builder Grant invited the next phase, allowing us to connect with regional businesses and with agricultural industry professionals, to refine our vision and plan. Going forward, we are committed to securing space for the Hub, to bring together arts workers and begin to provide and refine services to artists, community, and industry. The attached visual map shows key steps in this phase: Year One - visioning, prototyping, outreach, and securing space; Year Two - establishing workshops, services, internships, & apprenticeships; Year Three - establishing economic sustainability and creative academic/career pathways.

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (Feel free to share an organizational chart or visual description of your team). (500 characters)

A partnership of Salinas artists, collectives, educators, industry, and community, the Hub was initiated by local teaching artists: MJ Glazier, H Rocha-Tabera, L Juarez, JC Gonzalez, JC Glazier, and M Ryuno & includes community/student leaders: G Woods, R Navaille, A Diaz, JR Avila, and collectives like Baktun 12, Urban Arts Collaborative, Ariel Theatrical and others. It is sponsored by the Hartnell College Foundation, Ashton Clarke, Assoc. Dir. Philanthropy. Draft org. chart attached.

What aspects of the idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (500 characters)

BridgeBuilder funds would help actualize project goals in the first three years of development, not only through the platform's providing expert feedback, organizational design support, and bridge-building on a global level, but through direct financial support that would help us to acquire a physical space, supplies, and personnel to put our ideas into action in a cohesive manner, with room for full community participation from the outset. Model organization: eastbaycenter.org

In preparation for our Expert Feedback Phase: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in your project? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea and needs.

Some of our most pressing questions to date are: 1) How will we engage the agricultural industry without compromising our integrity as artists - and particularly as eco-artists/healing artists? 2) What is the best way to appeal to the agricultural industry in a focused, targeted manner? 3) As more and more primacy is given, locally and globally, within the public and private sectors, to technology and technological innovation - within the framework of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) - how can we convince constituent groups to value creativity as an asset for problem-solving within organizations? In particular, how can we help others to recognize the value of art in itself as an essential component in addressing 21st century needs?

Final Updates (*Please do not complete until we reach the Improve Phase*): How has the idea evolved or responded to your user research during the Beneficiary Feedback Phase and any further insights provided if you participated in the Expert Feedback Phase? (1000 characters)

We received constructive feedback from our assigned expert, Carolyn Roby, and this, along with additional outreach within our community, prompted significant insights. Revisiting the need for cross-sectoral partnership within the Salinas Valley and reflecting on the history of adversarial relations brought on by economic disparities among fieldworkers and employers, we are working on two prototype proposals, with the support of Agricultural industry experts. The first project will be an art and wine event to bring together constituent groups for a shared appreciation for the vibrancy of our community both agriculturally and artistically. The second will be a prototype training, offered for free initially to area industry, filling their need for applicable, vital human resource trainings, and showcasing the relevance of the arts to business. We'll also continue making short films for area industry as industry experts have touted the growing need for film in business marketing today.

During this Improve Phase, please use the space below to add any additional information to your proposal.

Finding common ground among artists and agricultural industry leaders is key, and failure to do so has been a large part of what has stymied creative efforts and social development within the Salinas Valley to date. The tendency toward working against rather than with one another is an important and still raw aspect of the region's heritage. Dating back to the Bracero Program that brought Mexican farm workers to the region to address labor shortages during the second World War --and later to the wonderful work of Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) which merged with the Fillipino American Agricultural Workers' Organizing Committee (AWOC) to become the United Farm Workers (UFW) during the Delano grape strike and boycott of 1965-70 and the concurrent efforts of artists like Luis Valdez and el Taetro Campesino-- the region has experienced sociopolitical turmoil in its disparate populations' efforts to reconcile the granting of basic human rights, with the economic realities of a tiered capitalist system. While the work of artists like Valdez and El Teatro and those like Baktun 12 who've follow in their footsteps, attests to the tremendous influence of the arts, to inspire, empower, and uplift, scars still remain across the divergent groups that populate the Salinas Valley. Today, more than ever though, as we face growing ecological and socioeconomic challenges, the very factors which have divided Salinas Valley populations, stand perfectly poised to unite them in a common pursuit for peace, planet, and prosperity. In this effort we find a common cause - a common language. As we move into a new era of ag-tech innovation, and social practice arts, the timing is perfect for achieving together the vision of the ideal future that all groups hold. Using some of the resources suggested in this Bridge Builder Open IDEA challenge, we've brought in community input from multiple stakeholders, both among youth and marginalized community members, and among leaders within the agricultural industry. Answering the requests from industry professionals, we have begun to put together our first two prototype events: the wine and art event promoting Salinas arts and culture and ag tourism, and the industry trainings. We are continuing to develop both of these ideas and will hold the first event this fall, using Canva to collaborate with local industry leaders to create the invitations and flyers, and we are excited to begin to promote these events and put ideas into action.

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We have refined our proposal to clarify and speak to the intersectional nature of the arts: in bringing social and environmental equity and cohesion, and addressing the challenges confronting us in the public and the private sectors in the 21st century. A recent article by Northeastern University’s Lauren Landry attests to the importance of creativity in business, suggesting: “Organizations today operate in a highly competitive, global environment, making creativity crucial.” (https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/creativity-importance-in-business/) Combine this with what Forbes Community Voice’s Michael Litt refers to as “an increasingly visual world” where the “preferred medium for communication is anything instant,” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescommunicationscouncil/2018/03/14/how-millennial-ceos-are-adapting-to-generation-z/) and finally with the growing demand for social businesses and the embracing of conscious capitalism, and what results is the crisis point contemporary business finds itself mired in today. Seeking to attract and retain new generations of customers and employees raised in an era of memes, social media, and global instant messaging, companies struggle to adapt to the changing face of reality in a fast-evolving 21st century of growing socio-economic inequities - and responsibilities. And while no one solution presents itself as the key to addressing the myriad challenges businesses today are confronted with, two things are certain: 1) the ability to empathize across vast social differences will be an absolute must, & 2) creative solutions and creative problem-solving will prove more and more crucial. Thus teaching empathy and creativity to the old as well as to the young will prove a vital step in ushering in the next phase of global socioeconomic development we stand on the brink of today. And embracing and re-valuing the arts as essential to human innovation will prove necessary steps in this ongoing advance. Yet, just when empathy and creativity are needed most, Art continues to be under-valued. In Salinas and elsewhere. Ultimately, we must re-evaluate the very meaning of arts and of arts education. Arts education, after all, isn’t limited to training people how to be professional artists in the world. It is fundamentally concerned with teaching people how to be in the world, how to connect -- how to imagine, inquire, and inspire - and for that there is no other discipline that answers quite so completely. While over the past few decades technologists have come increasingly to be viewed as our primary innovators, prompting institutions to prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) over all other subject areas, technologists themselves increasingly turn to art to help inspire inquiry. Design thinking, systems thinking, whole brain teaching, empathy mapping, and more point to the intrinsic value of creativity and empathy as primary assets in 21st century problem-solving and organizational planning. While fields from medicine to forestry are finding new arts applications in a variety of forms. In point of fact, the easiest way to devitalize a community is to take away its ability to make art. As art serves simultaneously as means of empathy, inquiry, and cultural repository, it is fundamental to a community’s perpetuation, vital to its continuance. The ability to make art is what most distinctly exemplifies a people’s advance. And yet, art remains to many ways of thinking, a kind of secondary, irrelevant offshoot of the more honorable, respected disciplines. What we propose is therefore a renaissance, a rebirth of creativity in the local and global economy. We propose a meeting of social equity, scientific and technological discovery, private enterprise, and creative capacity-building. We propose art as indispensable. To humanity and to an emerging humanitarian global economy. It is our hope that we can not only help revitalize Salinas, but also act as a model for other groups and communities seeking creative, ecologically and economically viable 21st century solutions.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Salinas, California is a region familiar to many for its massive agricultural output, accounting for 85% of US fruit and vegetable exports. Unfortunately, the economic and ecological toll this has taken on the region is exacting, from the impacts of widespread pesticide use, to the extremes in wealth disparity. With a “57% increase” in homelessness over the last year, according to a recent article in the Californian, (Wu), a staggering homicide rate, and lingering difficulties with gang violence, the Salinas Valley, deemed the "salad bowl of the world", struggles with extreme social and economic inequities. To build bridges among industry, artists, and community, to address the issues we are individually struggling to solve, and to bring community engagement and social cohesion, a team of Salinas educators, artists, and collectives are creating the Salinas Arts and Innovation Hub. Our vision is the direct connection of artist/innovators to independent and collaborative opportunities, services and space through partnership - with one another, area industry, and community. Our mission is to employ - and empower. The hub will provide an outlet for communal creative exchange, and innovation, addressing Salinas’s growing youth violence, poverty, and income disparity, by bridging the income/opportunities gaps: and serving the vital arts organizations and collectives trying urgently to stay afloat in the region. Currently, these disparate efforts are decentralized, and strained by the lack of affordable, accessible arts space, sustainable arts employment, and collaboration. Finally, innovation itself is stymied by this decentralization, forcing artists, and other innovators in the region to remain locked in their own silos, competing against, rather than working with one another to bring peace, prosperity, and planet to the fore for the benefit of all. We believe Art is the vital link, connecting us to the natural environment, to one another, and to ourselves.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are both the sub-affluent, predominantly Latinx farm-worker family populations living in the Salinas Valley, and the growers and shippers at the region's economic core. Salinas, as a center of commercial agriculture, is home to both: a vital, innovative agricultural industry, and a large sub-affluent, predominantly Latinx farm worker community. And while the region's agricultural industry strives to compete with large, multi-national agribusiness and to leverage dwindling resources, sub-affluent community members struggle as well to avoid displacement wrought by rising housing costs, originating partly from industrial land use and partly from both, the region's position within Monterey County --the well-known tourist destination-- and the region's proximity to the increasingly affluent Silicon Valley. The hub will bring Salinas's disparate groups together for the common cause of uplifting, regenerating, and improving the region for an equitable future for all.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

There are many efforts to support the arts in our region, most in the affluent coastal communities, yet there is a lack of cross-pollination & no central arts hub in the Salinas Valley. Additionally, no effort has been made to create a sustainable, long-range arts and innovation ecosystem in Salinas. By leveraging college, community, and industry partnerships, and combining the efforts of new and existing arts collectives, The Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub can create new financial/sustainability models, and new, innovative industry and community solutions, by providing a physical space for artists and innovators to work - affordably - and directly connecting artists and innovators with employment as well as with other interdisciplinary professionals. Our approach is intersectional, human-centered, collaborative, and community-rooted, and we have had a tremendous outpouring of support from all sectors as we have moved forward through the initial design, prototype, and pilot stages.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The Salinas Arts and Innovation Hub will provide leadership opportunities to diverse arts workers in the Salinas Valley, with sector-wide potential for positive social, ecological, and economic impact, serving area industry and community alike.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we are a formal initiative through a university.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

As a teaching artist, I've worked in many parts of the US, and remain shocked that despite California's -and the central coast's- reputation for artistic and technological innovation, little has changed to address the real inequities in the Salinas Valley, since John Steinbeck wrote "The Grapes of Wrath" depicting the plight of the itinerant fieldworker. As a college educator I want to help support and actualize the social practice art we teach about in the classroom.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace has been threatened by economic duress, as many in the region are forced to work long hours in the fields and this, combined with increases in gang-related activity, creates a precarious environment for youth and residents of all ages. These difficulties, exacerbated by high cost of living and lack of affordable housing, threaten the prosperity of individuals and community alike. And while efforts are underway by artists, educators, and innovators in the region, to shift the focus to more organic farming methods, and to collaborate across sectors; ongoing conventional farming and economic practices threaten community and planet. Our hope is to address all of these areas: helping artists work with industry partners & providing stability to community/artists offering art & organic produce workshops, art & healing workshops, art & nutrition workshops, free programming and mentorship for youth, & retired fieldworker populations, and equitably serving regional business needs.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub has gotten underway thanks to grants from California’s Center for Cultural Innovation: Investing in Tomorrow Grant Program, and from the Arts Council for Monterey County. Other partners include: the Hartnell College Foundation, Cal State Monterey Bay's Salinas Center for Arts and Culture, the Media Center for Arts, Education, and Technology, and local arts collectives including: Baktun 12, the Urban Arts Collaborative, ARIEL Theatrical, and others. These organizations are helping us to provide free workshops to the community, and our hope is to be able to have a space to allow community artists to work freely and to collaborate with one another, coming together to help change the power structure, allowing artists to work with industry partners, and bringing full-scale support to these vital collectives.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our community has a strong sense of belonging and has a wealth of vibrant arts organizations already hard at work, trying to serve the large youth and aging populations in the region. We also have a growing youth population -- our future change-makers who, at present are being forced out of the region to find employment in the arts. We are urgently focused on trying to support these organizations and individuals who are all very excited to build bridges for this and future generations.

Geographic Focus

This idea targets the tri-county region surrounding the Salinas Valley.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project will be ongoing, and if we receive help through the BridgeBuilder Challenge, we will be able to secure a space and within 12 months will be fully operational as a hub.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

N/A

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Hi Marnie Glazier
I really like your creativity, the cultural and creative industry that I have been studying in college, and now there are many advantages to community development and cultural creativity. It is reasonable to find out and use local agricultural characteristics to hold some attractive activities, which will raise people's awareness of cultural creativity. Using art to create more opportunities for the community, commercial development will also bring more opportunities to the local. Thanks.

Fangqi Wang

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Thanks so much, Fangqi! I really appreciate your encouragement.

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I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with @Marnie on previous creative projects. She thinks big, then step-by-step brings those ideas into being. The arts are the heartbeat of Salinas and it's wonderful to see this Innovation Hub bringing the arts into dialogue with business and beyond.

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Susie,
I have the deepest respect for your compassionate work in the world, and am so appreciative of your support!

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Marnie: This is a Wonderful Project.
Laura Lee LIenk
Director, Watershed Institute
CSU Monterey Bay

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Thanks so much, Laura Lee! We are looking forward to continuing to build pathways for students and community members in the region, and the show of support from such a wide array of community representatives is really inspiring!

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GREAT PROJECT! This type of community engagement is definitely needed and this project will fill that need. As one of the original members of El Teatro Campesino, I support this program, which reaches into the community to share experiences and bring positive outlook and HOPE into their lives.

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Thanks so much for your ongoing support, Cesar! Looking forward to more collaborations as we go forward.

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Great idea. Finally we see educators willing to step outside their comfort zones and embrace innovation that starts at the creative core. The non-served and underserved in our area continue to be left out in any meaningful discussion of change. The system works to keep the cycles of poverty and ignorance triumphant in our area. Time to be courageous and truthful. Great project!

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Thanks so much for your important feedback, Hamish! You make some excellent points in both bringing up the ways in which the marginalized continue to be underserved and silenced in terms of access to outside-the-box, creative and innovative pathways - and also how cyclical the poverty and inequity remains. So many recent studies have shown that the greatest predictor of one's future success can be found in their zipcode. Unfortunately this problem only seems to grow, with wealthy schools offering immersive and expansive educational options, and poorer districts increasingly limiting offerings.

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Great project! Art as a way to express, include and innovate for a better world is always a good idea.
I like the focus that you give to marginalized communities as they are often the ones who are closest to the challenges. Marginalized and disadvantaged communities are also some of the most creative and innovative I have seen and has often been an important part of survival. Time to leverage, recognize and value that creativity and innovative mindset.
Good luck in your quest to build a safe place for people to be themselves, be creative and break the cycle of economic, social despair that they face.

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Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, Celine. We are making baby steps and I am confident that we can grow a real centre to help empower the community here. The great thing is that we are getting so many of the young people behind this idea! I have alot of faith in the youth and future generations but they need to be given space and mentorship!

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Aloha e Marnie,
I have read through your narrative and am still a little bit confused about farmers, farmworkers, and agroindistry. Were they involved in designing this idea? Were they involved in working on the user map (because it shows a part-time student)? It seems that farming/agrobusiness and all its stakeholders are a big part of your daily environment and work. However, their voices are not coming through right now. Could you please elaborate?

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Thanks so much, Kulaniakea! I've added some to the later portions of the platform on our conversations with stakeholders in the ag industry, but I think, in light of your questions, I need to go back in and make clear from the outset the interconnectedness between ag and the Salinas community. Again, I thank you for your input. I will weave more of this in and we'll also work to create a use experience map for these important stakeholders! Feel free to check back and give more feedback.

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Marnie, thank you! and looking forward to reading it!

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Excellent! Thanks again for the feedback.

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loved the idea, all the best

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Thanks so much, Waddah! Best to you as well.

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You ask some very important questions!   "How will we engage the Ag industry w/o compromising our integrity" - rather than thinking about the industry as a monolith, are there one or two people in the industry with whom you can talk and identify a shared vision for the vibrancy of the community.  How can this work be a win-win-win versus adversarial.   The work must be approached with genuine interest in breaking down barriers and finding common ground.  Again, that won't be everyone in the industry, but the development of a positive process and benefits for all can be very influential for the skeptics.    Question 2 "What is the best way to appeal to the Ag industry" - First, be clear that you genuinely want the industry as a partner in this work.  What can you achieve together than cannot be addressed or solved individually, which, of course is not everything, but you might identify some important shared goals.   Question #3:  "With the focus on STEM education, how can we convince constituent groups to value creativity as an asset for problem solving" - many communities are now using the acronym "STEAM" and adding an "A" for the Arts.  You will find that the arts are used differently in each STEAM community from actually using arts disciplines to teach STEM subjects, to including the teaching of the arts as an important way to explore problem-solving.   An artistic problem-solving strategy I have used many times and have found to be very powerful is one that is describe by Betty Edwards in her book "Drawing on the Artist Within".   She describes a process by which you draw the problem you are trying to solve.   You do not use an representational images in her strategy, only abstract line and shapes.  Best wishes with your very important work!

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Carolyn,
Thanks so much for you excellent insights. I agree that finding common ground is key, and a large part of what has stymied creative efforts and social development within the Salinas Valley is the working against rather than working with one another - in terms of art versus ag. This tends to go back to the wonderful work of Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Union and the concurrent efforts of artists like Luis Valdez and el Taetro Campesino - work that made tremendous headway in many respects, in granting of basic human rights, showing the power of solidarity, and the tremendous influence of the arts, but which simultaneously left alot of scars in terms of interpersonal relationships, trust, and understanding across the divergent groups. For some time, there has been a general avoidance of cross-pollination and the embracing of STEAM, but as we move into a new era of ag-tech innovation, and social practice arts, I think the timing is perfect for achieving together the vision of the ideal future that both groups seem to hold. I will look into the Betty Edwards text. Initially we'd actually called the project the Salinas STEAM Arts & Innovation Hub, but were somewhat concerned over the arts getting lost within that paradigm. Though Hartnell College, where I teach, is potentially embracing a STEAAM pathway (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Arts, & Mathematics).

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Finding creative ways to communicate is needed now more than ever. For nearly 10 years the Dominican Sisters of Peace have been engaged in a project to build resiliency against violence with several trailer park neighborhoods mainly comprised of Latino families. As part of this project we have worked with parishes to bridge the divide between long time Anglo parishioners and new Latino parishioners. Social practice art perhaps would be a good vehicle for us to employ to build bridges between cultures.

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Yes, I've been very impressed in seeing the immediate impact of even basic role-playing, but when this is combined with communication and writing intensives, the impact is even more profound. Looking forward to talking further!

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As are we. Well-thought-out performance art can break down emotional walls and allow for significant self-realization.

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Very true! Looking forward to talking more as we go forward.

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Dear Ms Marnie Glazier ,

Thank you so much for your feedback and I really do hope that people will realize one day how crucial it is to empower the farmers worldwide who feeds many but struggles for their own living.

After having read your excellent concept carefully to foster and cultivate a sustainable arts ecosystem , I got connected with your Innovative artistic visions and narrative-based understandings with a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work, which can center people with an understanding for humans to live more responsibly on this planet and thereby reaching people in ways that scientists and academicians will not be able to do .

My best wishes for your ongoing project . thanks Joy

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Thanks so much, Joy. Best to you as well and I look forward to hearing more about your work.

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Marnie Glazier Looks great! I love the pictures. I didn't realize the Salinas homicide rate was higher than Los Angeles. I should have said something on the phone but I volunteer for a non-profit that does outreach to gang members.....perhaps eventually I can set you guys up for a conversation because they work on prevention.

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Christina,
Thanks so much! This would be great. Again, I include my email here: mglazier@hartnell.edu
Let's try to connect by email. I would still like to send to you the links to the videos I mentioned when we spoke. Looking forward to talking soon!

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The Salinas hub being a communal creative exchange is great! In Africa, I have seen youth engagement centers work well in Morocco as a way to strengthen community fabric where i stayed for some time. Best of luck!

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Thanks so much, Richard! Looking forward to reading more about your work as well.

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Hi Marine!

This sounds like an inspiring project. I was wondering, are you just focusing on visual arts, or will you engage in any sort of performing arts innovation at the hub? Also, how do you plan to reach artists in Salinas and surrounding areas to get them invested in getting involved in the hub?

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Thanks so much for these great comments! Yes, we will include performing arts as well as visual and digital arts. So far, we've been networking with artists through local arts events and meetings, and through word of mouth, but we will begin a social media campaign as well to reach out to local artists and apprentices, and will then offer open studios. Still working on prototyping this, but on our team we have some of the longest-established community arts organizations in Salinas, including Baktun 12 & ARIEL Theatrical (theatre) and Urban Arts Collaborative (visual art).

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Dear Marnie
This is a wonderful project, I admire people who put effort into correcting the inequity that brings so much hardship and strife in this world. Congratulations and best wishes on the way forward. I will look forward to our interaction on possible collaboration with US community colleges for our youth engagement program.

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Hi Marnie Glazier , Congratulations on getting short listed! I have been supporting the teams and individuals in this challenge as a Community Coach with Tuba Naziruddin  and we are very excited about your idea. Cheers to the wonderful story board! Furthermore, I would like to know about the involvement of the real users in designing this idea.

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Thanks so much, Gayanjith! We are very fortunate to have a team that includes community artists, youth, students, faculty, and regional industry experts. The user experience map was the product of our group discussion, wherein we recognized that one of the most important reasons for creating the hub is to provide outlets for the youth. The young people on our team were able to share their first-hand experiences and also to envision a future where the hub can help create opportunities and pathways that are lacking at present in our community. I can't stress enough how much we've benefited just by being a part of this challenge, and learning some of the tools that I believe can help us overcome the obstacles innovators in Salinas have consistently faced when trying to address these very problems.

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Marnie Glazier 

It was great talking to you last night. I am glad we found time to connect. I am working on getting the information for CALCASA. I think one of the most beautiful things about this platform is how we can connect our talents and experience at the intersection of shared passion. I was thinking more about the agriculture part of your proposal after we got off the phone and I think it warrants a deeper discussion. While the rural communities we serve are unique Rural Synergy Foundation has a lot of life experience within agriculture communities. I look forward to our conversation next month.

Christina

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Christina,
Thanks so much for reaching out and I really enjoyed speaking with you as well. Looking forward to further collaboration. It's important to continually re-explore opportunities and synergies among project ideas and geographic divides. This rich collaboration - if we can start locally and then expand our impact - will work to build resilient communities globally.

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The added photos make a lot of impression to the idea you are building up here. Thanks and keep up Marnie Glazier 

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Thanks so much, Felix! I really appreciate the feedback. It is important to try and show the larger context as well as the art.

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If you are seeking artist I am interested in helping out there. If you need any other help let me know. I am good at generating ideas and using the design thinking process.

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Thanks so much, Jesse. I also find your ideas on the platform very compelling. Feel free to connect with me through the platform or through linkedin. It is my sincere hope to help spread arts AS innovation to as many communities as possible. I am a firm believer in art as a connector especially in challenging times like those we are poised to face as we advance into the twentieth century. Would love to talk more with you about design thinking and also connecting this to whole brain learning and to arts application.

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I love the idea! The Salinas area definitely gets overshadowed and marginalized, both in the arts and in society at large, by other parts of northern and central California. As someone in the Bay Area, it's nice to see you working to catalyze and centralize artistic activity in a less well-off part of the state, and it seems exciting that you have so many local partners whose work you can showcase.

Do you have a particular space in mind for the Hub? What kinds of characteristics are you looking for in that space—do you plan on using your partners' stages, art rooms, etc. or will those be in your new location?

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Thanks so much for your positive and encouraging comments! And thank you for asking about space. In truth, many of our partners are lacking the physical space in which to rehearse, meet, create, and collaborate. While we're certainly a very mobile enterprise, we feel very strongly about the need to have a physical space and this is one of the greatest challenges. Given the housing shortage in California, artists really struggle to find affordable space.
That said, we've been establishing relationships within the community, with the town of Salinas, the locals Arts Commission, the libraries, and the colleges, and we're hoping to be able to work in concert to find a space.
Right now we've identified a very large warehouse beside the train station in downtown Salinas, but we lack the funds to be able to rent the space. This is part of the reason we are working hard to apply for grants and continue to build partnerships. The physical space will be key in providing access to services for the underserved within our community.

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Thanks for your response! It definitely sounds challenging, but I'm glad to hear that the community has been supportive. Good luck with your grant money to rent the warehouse!

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Thanks so much, Ishaq. We appreciate the encouragement.

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What I like about this idea is that the proposal addresses the problem at its basis: "Peace has been greatly influenced by economic duress." The "Salinas Valley" scope of it makes it realistic and likely to have a long-term impact. You present a "tremendous outpouring of support"
and seeing so many local organizations who believe in your effort makes me think it may actually work. Aside from tapping into local resources well, your bringing people together shows leadership and potential for the sustainability or your project. The fact that you have already piloted this makes it more likely to succeed and be sustained. The only question I have is that California is known for having tons more resources than many other countries in the world. In reading your proposal, I am not sure what is causing the problem. Is the population served by this proposal not American? Is this related to the disturbing discourses we hear about immigrants in the US? If this is the case, then I can see the urgency driving you to action because otherwise, economic disparity and violence will explode in growth.

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Thanks so much for your comments, Celine, and for that very insightful question. I think you really touch on some of the tensions that are at the heart of the growing economic disparities not only in California and the Salinas Valley but in much of the world. Right now we are seeing wealth and resources concentrated more and more in the hands of fewer and fewer individuals and corporations. In turn we're seeing increasing numbers of people left outside of the equation. From recent immigrants, to longtime residents, our marginalized populations across the spectrum face new challenges in the gig economy. This is why I think the arts are so very vital in helping to connect and bridge some of the divides.

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Great idea. We can actually work with collaboration.

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Excellent! I will add you to our team and feel free to add me to yours.

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Awesome ! Good luck ! Looking forward working with you soo n !

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Maira,
Unfortunately as we're in the review stage now, we can not add additional team members, but please feel free to reach out directly through email mjglazier71@gmail.com.

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Hey Marina ,
yeah I know unfortunately we can’t add team but great to know our projects share the same concept .
Good luck and cheers !

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Good luck to you as well, Maira! I really hope to hear more about your work in future.

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Thank you ! Would love to share all you want .
cheers

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Hey Marnie,

This is so COOL! We are working in a similar way at Our Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, trying to address our history of racial and economic segregation as a country and trying to decentralise the Cape Town art and design scene which is primarily found in the Cape Town city center and very rarely extends out to the surrounding townships.

I got very excited reading your proposal! We currently provide a free workspace for artists and designers to come and work in collaboration and SHARING through MAKING and we have found that it does something truly incredible for those members who have been making art and upcycling in our space.

I am very excited about your proposal Our Workshop: Making Togetherness , definitely check ours out, we'd love to keep in touch, and perhaps do some cross-continental collaborations in the future!

Good luck!

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Gina,
I would love to hear more about this. Your project looks excellent and I definitely see the interconnectedness and potential for exchange.

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This is amazing.
arts and innovation hubs is the best way to explore hidden talents and help expand them more.
keep up the good work

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Thanks so much, Abubakar! Happy to collaborate in any way that might be beneficial.

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Hello... we are an arts and making focussed NPO in a township called Langa in Cape Town. We may have things in common to chat about. I am still furiously learning about this platform, and filling out our bridge builder application but this seems similar in context to our work. I am Heath

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Heath,
thanks so much for reaching out. I would love to connect and am happy to help in terms of navigating the platform. I will add you to our team and feel free to add me to yours as well. Look forward to hearing more about your project!

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awesome. Thanks!
I'm wondering how adding other project teams is for?
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/ideas/our-workshop-making-together
I'm slowly getting it filled in...

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a question Marnie...
there's a points allocation for RESEARCH - how does that work? do you know?

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I wish I knew, but maybe more information will come on the research aspect as the challenge moves forward?

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I think that the idea here is to link up with other project teams and find synergy. This will hopefully lead to potential collaboration, with or without the grant support.

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ahhhhh ja maybe

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Marnie Glazier I watched the video you posted on my wall and it was amazing. I feel like there maybe some ways we could use what you do to bring violence prevention to middle and high schools in rural communities. Would you be up for further discussion on the possibility of collaborating on a grant?

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Christina,
Thanks so much! Yes, I would love to talk further. I'm currently in California but will be travelling to the east coast in a couple of weeks. We can set up a phone meeting if that works for you. My cell # is 319-331-4782. Let me know what time zone you are in and when might be a good time to talk. Or if it's easier we can try to Skype.

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Marnie,

I will text you from a 310 number. If you have time next week would be great!

Thank you!
Christina

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Excellent. Next week should be fine. Looking forward to talking soon.

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Christina,
Yes, next week would be great. Looking forward to talking then!

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Great idea. I personally love the arts and feel art can be a source of healing for communities and individuals. I have been a recreation therapist professionally and used art as a way to help others heal. I think communities can create change and help others to solve problems by using the design thinking process as well as learning to see as an artist. I would love to join your team if you have any other questions let me know.

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Jesse,
Thanks so much! Have added you to our team and am happy to join yours. I posted a comment on the empathy lab - excellent ideas!

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Hi Marnie, I like your idea of engaging community as beneficiaries, this is the most vital point in your project, as it is also a life long asset for the beneficiaries. And art is a new idea in our country, our people are now taking it up for the start, we shall learn more useful ideas from you as we team up during this challenge.

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Thanks so much, Rwyc! With deepest respect, I have to clarify, in your country and most countries throughout the world, art is not new, but perhaps newly understood as one of the most significant, age-old keys to human understanding.

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Hi Marnie, great idea! The families in this area support so many across America, they should definitely have every opportunity to thrive. It's especially viable given the resources and capital in the area. I'd be interested to learn more about the program and see if there might be application in other rural communities.

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Erin,
Thanks so much for your comments. Would love to add you to our team and hear more about your project and ideas!

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Thanks Marnie! If you get a chance I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on my project as well!

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Thanks Marnie! If you get a chance I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on my project as well!

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Erin,
I am really impressed with the holistic nature of your project - and especially your efforts in providing sustainable economic infrastructure to help realize the sustainable energy infrastructure you're helping to put into place. These links to business and industry partners are so essential, as is the fundamental need to have a firm foundation in financial literacy.

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Great work Marnie for editing our team!

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Marnie Glazier Salinas Arts & Innovation Hub You might also want to look at this link that is a fellowship for art http://www.sif.org.sg/our-work/ce/afg/fellowship

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Felix, This is a great resource! Thanks so much for sharing. Wish we'd known about it earlier, but will add it to the list of potential supporters.

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Wow this is great, artist's contribution to humanity, i like this!

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Thanks so much, I'd love to add you as a partner and I think we have some important ways in which we could collaborate.

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Well that'd be great.

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Excellent! Will add you to our team and am happy to join your team as well.

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Hi Marnie Glazier 

Your project is really grounded in addressing exclusion and inequity in your community. It's great to see an arts-based approach to addressing some of these societal barriers. Have you thought about the ways in which your project can also engage with institutional power in the arts? There is an organization doing really great work in Boston called Arts Connect International I think you may like connecting with! (https://www.artsconnectinternational.org/about/).

Best,
Nicole

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Thanks so much, Nicole! This is a wonderful resource! Please let me know if you'd like to join our team and discuss ways in which we might be able to help support one another's efforts!

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I like your determination in bridging a gap and creating a society where everyone is equal and all people enjoying each other's company through art. I I wish we can partner with you to develop and make our ideas workable. Cheers and all the best.

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Felix, this would be wonderful! I will add you as a team member, and please feel free to add me to your team.