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Young Innovators + Artists-in-Residence: PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE

We are excited to announce that DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM is partnering with us in prototyping a potential pilot program for Spring 2014! Refinement Goal:To pilot ONE residency with ONE school/class with ONE artist/innovator for Spring 2014.

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HEADLINE UPDATE! We are excited to announce that DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM is partnering with us in prototyping a potential pilot program for Spring 2014! This moves us much closer to our refinement goal:

To pilot ONE residency with ONE school/class with ONE artist/innovator by Spring 2014 = ONE Pilot Youth Artists + Innovators-in-Residence Program. 

RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP: After contacting several Bay Area residencies, we have already received very enthusiastic feedback from the DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM in Woodside, California. We are excited to announce that Djerassi is partnering with us in prototyping a potential pilot program for Spring 2014. We met with Director Margot Knight and we are brainstorming on a way forward and will post through this site to get OpenIDEO's feedback as we progress. Djerassi has already suggested great builds such as a Djerassi-(or other residency) hosted Open House and final collaborative exhibition at the resident-school itself. THANK YOU DJERASSI for your support in refining this concept!

ARTIST/INNOVATOR PARTNERSHIP: We have spoken with a number of artists who are interested in submitting proposals for our ideaAt our December 3rd REFINEMENT Palo Alto OpenIDEO meet-up with young participants (elementary and middle schoolers) we were able to gather some great feedback and refine our concept further (feedback notes posted above). During our meet-up, we discovered one of our own meet-up members is an artist with an innovative, collaborative (and unusually athletic) practice well suited to this idea. She is currently plugged in working with youth in a variety of artistic and social impact projects and so we agreed that she should submit a proposal and you can see it HERE. Thanks to Palo Alto OpenIDEO meet-up members for help refining this idea and we are working to further incorporate their feedback. 

Next steps: We think that the best initial format for a PILOT program structure is easily testable and determined as part of a more formal Call for Proposals through the residency network. For example, as part of our call, we would ask artists to choose to submit proposals for TWO basic options, something along the lines of— 

1) SHORT-TERM: Adult artist/innovators-in-residence propose to work collaboratively with a class for a shorter time frame. This would involve visits to the classroom for a more intense 1-2 week period. To follow, the younger artists/innovators-in-residence visit the residency for a 1 or 2 day field trip/retreat to further develop their collaborative ideas. After this initial exchange, any remaining work is honed remotely while the adult artist is in residence for the remaining 4-6 week period. The residency concludes with a final collaborative work presentation at an Open House hosted by the residency at the school. 

2) LONG-TERM: Adult artist/innovators-in-residence propose to work collaboratively with a class for a longer time frame. This would involve visits to the classroom (visit intervals determined between artist/students/teachers) over the span of a 2-3 month residency (approximately one school semester). Younger artist/innovators visit the residency for a more intense 3-4 day retreat-residency. The residency concludes with a final collaborative work presentation at an Open House at the residency and /or at the school. This option would involve a larger stipend and is a potentially good fit for a Creative Work Fund grant opportunity.

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: We met with K-12 Design Lab Network Director Susie Wise about ways we might further connect with schools in East Palo Alto for potential pilot program. Among other builds and suggestions, Susie directed us to the rich resources and tools available through Design Thinking in Schools. We then identified that nearby East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy already teaches design thinking and would be a potentially great fit for this pilot program. Other potential school partnerships for pilot: Castilleja School and Nueva School expressed their interest in this idea. We will pursue these options next.

We met with Principal Bill of Ohlone Elementary School and he expressed interest specifically in a residency partnership with an innovative, socially engaged project—a residency partnership with an innovator-emphasis. HELLO! We are currently soliciting draft proposals for our PILOT innovators-in-residence at the beautiful DJERASSI all you OpenIDEOers out there!

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CONCEPT SUMMARY

The Young Artists+Innovators-in-Residence Program partners schools with the vast and existing network of inter-disciplinary, international artist residencies currently dedicated to the creative process and fostering creatively confident innovating.

International Artists' Residencies invite visual artists, musicians, film-makers, writers, dancers, performers (and I would add specifically innovators to this mix) to live and work for a period of time together as a critical space to focus on their work and develop innovative ideas within a richly restorative (often beautiful), collegial and potentially collaborative environment. There is the great potential to collaborate with this network in building creative confidence in young people by establishing residency partnerships with middle and high schools, as well as undergraduate programs in the community.

We think young people could really be inspired working directly with artists and innovators-in-residence in the art-making and innovation process—and eventually showing their shared work in Open Houses and other exhibition opportunities.

At the same time, many of these residencies are struggling to remain viable both financially and in terms of their impact on their respective communities. How might schools and universities partner with this existing international residency network to create a Young Artists + Innovators-in-Residence Program and sustain and further invigorate these residency programs while also nurturing creative confidence in young people? 

According to the Alliance of Artists Communities, 90% of residencies currently have programs that engage the local community and are very much interested in fostering and expanding the community-based aspects of their program. 

Artist+Innovator Call for Proposals: Residencies could put out a call for artists and innovators from all over the world to visit and partner with a specific middle or high school in their community. The call asks artists and innovators to propose ways they would partner with a local school and draw upon the ideas of students in a larger art + innovation project. It is critical that the eventual project and culmination of their work together be presented in the existing regular OpenHouses put together by the residencies. This public component of the Young-Innovators-in-Residence with the larger public, seen in the professional context is vital to nurturing the young artists + innovators creative confidence and focuses the accountability of the partnership.

(It is important to note that a separate call would be put out for this program as existing artists-in-residence program are generally designed as a retreat to focus on their work—this specific position would attract applicants whose work critically engages collaborators as part of a larger social practice.)

The artist+innovator can visit the schools and also invite an exchange back to the residency with interested participants. The residency environments are beautiful, restorative places for the students to wander and nurture their own ideas in the context of internationally reknowned organizations and with the mentorship of creative professionals. In the San Francisco Bay Area alone we have Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center etc. — many others exist all over the world.

FEEDBACK / UPDATES:

Meena suggested the great idea of having innovators working in-house at schools (ie. artists & innovators apply to a national / international program of in-school residencies) and prototyping at a single school for one semester. How could we further build upon this idea and draw upon the artist's residency network/resources?

Both Jeff and Anne-Laure mentioned the great potential of artists and innovators working with both play and games as these are often collaborative and creative confidence builders (see link with related example and inspiration—thanks!). 

Anne-Laure brought to our attention specifically the collaborative potential of interactive, participatory performances with the students (citing Pina Bausch and this made me think of Stanford Visiting Drama & Performance Artist, Ann Carlson). All great examples of potential projects that would be a good fit for the Young Innovators & Artists-in-Residence—in-school residence and/or in-residence—or both. Now wondering what would be a good example of an innovator-in-residence or in-school project? And how would we work the in-school idea with the in-residence idea best?

*This idea was germinated during a recent Palo Alto OpenIDEO meet-up.


*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

We think many aspects of the HENRY FORD LEARNING INSTITUTE VISION FOR THE FUTURE also speak well to the future vision and goals we have for our idea. The Young Artist + Innovator-in-Residence Program cultivates a creatively confident future for young people by— Modeling a different kind of teaching and learning, one that removes boundaries between learning and the real world Engaging community members as partners in learning Sharing hands-on learning programs and services that support design thinking [we would modify this to read and/or 'visual' thinking] as a process that leads to innovation and creativity Leveraging underutilized local resources Amplifying the urgency for innovation in education Creating and sustaining public schools http://www.hfli.org While developing this concept we have learned about a number of great programs that support artist residencies in schools—all wonderful and inspiring programs yet from what we can gather, most are based on the premise that the artist is the teacher-mentor. In our concept, we flip this more traditional model on its head and we ask youth to double deliver on two things: 1) that they be active participants and co-collaborators in the art- and innovative-making process and 2) that they also act as reverse mentors to their adult counterparts. In our call for proposals, we would look for artists and innovators that ask or are open to the question: What can we learn from young people in this process? In this way, our concept envisions and cultivates a culture of mutual mentorship between adults and young people. It also provides enlivening real-world inside and early access to the art and innovating process and supports schools with local resources and engaged partnerships—which in turn enables schools to operate with more creative effectiveness.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

The criteria for the call for partnership proposals would be based around ways that the proposal draws upon, nurtures and creates work based upon the ideas and efforts of the Young Artists + Innovators-in-Residence.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

This ideas builds upon the existing international residency network that already exists all over the world.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

We welcome all input and ways to hone and flesh out this idea further. We specifically could use help thinking about ways to make this financially viable for both schools and residencies. Our hunch is that this partnership with schools would strengthen and expand access to other grants and sources of income, making this a win-win for both school and artists residencies.

Evaluation results

8 evaluations so far

1. How well do you feel this idea could inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?

Really well – feels like this idea would kickstart creative confidence in young people everywhere - 50%

It's getting there – but it seems to need further work to really inspire creative confidence - 50%

I don't think this idea would significantly inspire young people's creative confidence - 0%

2. Does this idea have enough momentum behind it to successfully spread and scale to diverse groups of young people globally?

Absolutely – it's inspiring, engaging and I'm sure young people everywhere would be excited to participate - 25%

Maybe, but we'd need to figure out more details to really help this idea get adopted more widely - 75%

Nope, I don't see this idea having global appeal for diverse audiences of young people - 0%

3. Does this idea show potential for lasting impact on generations of young people and their creative confidence?

This idea seems to have staying power and could impact young people for years to come - 50%

I think there's potential for lasting impact but it's not totally clear what that would look like - 25%

It feels like this idea is more of a short-term solution that may not last into the future - 25%

4. Would this idea appeal to young people who are already creatively confident as well as those who are not?

Absolutely – it would be appealling and accessible to young people of all creative levels and abilities - 25%

Probably – but young people who don't consider themselves very creative might need a little extra support or coaching - 50%

Not really – this idea is really best suited for young people who already see themselves as creatively confident - 25%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

It rocked my world - 25%

I liked it but preferred others - 50%

It didn't get me overly excited - 25%

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Mel + Frank congrats on being one of the winning concepts. Love the idea on connecting local artists/designers with young adults!

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Thanks Hao and thanks for being our champion!

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Hi Mel and Frank. Congratulations and all the best with your project. I hope the kids have loads of messy fun. Bettina

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Thanks Bettina! Appreciate the support along the way.

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Love the idea of the pilot program! Congrats it is a really good way to receive feedbacks, share ideas with others... Sharing is the best way to learn from the others.

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Hi Mel + Frank,

Congrats on another fantastic submission!

I just wanted to let you know that I created a document, which could be called Volume I, regarding grants. I've been having a difficult time posting it/uploading the google doc but I do have a link on my profile page for: "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches".

You should be able to access the link on my profile though I believe it brings you to my google drive. . .but it's there for you to peruse! Hopefully, it will help you secure some funding for your awesome program!

Best,
Mandy

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New link to the "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches" document! This one should work, fingers crossed:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_wsTrSxUjAYdEYwOGZwbDAwZ2s/edit

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Thanks Mandy! Wonderful resource. Much appreciated.

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This idea is really interesting. It also seems worth mentioning that bringing youth to residencies—esp Djerassi, Montalvo and the Headlands—is also exposing them to the outdoors, to natural oases within metropolitan areas that they might not realize are so nearby. Until I visited Montalvo, I'd never seen a wild coyote, or realized that the South Bay had a redwood habitat. I've also worked with urban youth who had only seen the wilderness in movies and TV, and this change of location—even if it's a short drive—can have profound effects, freeing students from the social pressures within school to take creative and personal risks, growing your voice and perspectives. A 3-4 day overnight trip can allow youth profound opportunities to re-imagine themselves and their capacities. I also love the exposure youth will get to these rarified arts colonies. As the daughter of working-class immigrants, I know firsthand that exposing teens to the possibilities of a creative life can have huge influence in building confidence towards lifelong creative pursuits.

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Thanks Christine! Yes, it's amazing how we as artists can take these amazing spaces for granted but they are really rarified experiences and rich opportunities to re-imagine oneself and take creative risks. An opportunity to provide a collaborative respite in nature away from daily pressures... Thanks also for sharing how early exposure to the creative life impacted you personally! Wondering how to support adult artists-in-residence who would like to work collaboratively but may have less experience working with youth might also be supported and mentored in this process...

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Love the idea of the pilot program! I really like how you're truly taking into account the feedback given, and the partnerships with the schools seems like a natural fit. Wonderful job!

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Thanks Priya—appreciate the support!

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I would think a grant from a private university would be the most feasible option. I'm sure they would love a student who would take that experience

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Great news to see that steps are being taken to make this a reality and that a pilot program has been created!

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Thanks Ryan!

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Loving the latest update and really impressed by how much you have achieved. Looking forward to seeing the results of the spring 2014 residency!

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Thanks Anne-Laure—really appreciate all your help and feedback along the way.

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We can always learn from the bright minds around us. A pilot program is always a good launching point. Good luck!

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Thanks Arpan! Spread the word to any collaboratively-minded innovators and artists out there who might be interested in submitting a proposal to work with young students at Djerassi....

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Fab news about the potential pilot, guys! We're excited to hear more as your plans take shape.

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Agreed! Really glad to see that this idea is doing a pilot.

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It's really inspiring to see how you've put all of this together and taken it from idea to pilot in a few weeks! So exciting :)

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Thanks Imran and Vishal—it's coming together. Just heard back from performance artist Ann Carlson (amazing work, often collaborative) and she is interested in exploring the possibilities further with us (she's wrapping up another residency right now)... Wondering though if either of you know of anyone who might be a good fit as an innovator-in-residence for a potential pilot?

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Mel + Frank, check it out, your concept is highlighted in this week's Field Note.

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-11/

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Hi Mel and Frank. I posted a reply to Alexandra (and you ) on my page in regards to your thoughts on collaboration. She posted directly to you. Check out the reply there and let me know if we are on the same track. I do not know the artists at Studio in a School. I did know one but I am not sure she is still doing that work. Let's hash out what we mean by mapping first. (see reply on the other page)
Thanks for this collaboration. Tina

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Mel + Frank, I plan to provide another Field Note update on all the Refinement ideas by Sunday (Dec 1). Let me know by Saturday 6 pm EST USA if there is anything you want me to highlight to help progress your concept. Any prototypes completed, any assistance needed, any breakthroughs or anything you want to highlight. You can provide me video or text. I will consolidate. Thanks in advance.

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Hao—here is a summary of our progress to date. Thanks for putting this together!

Young Artists + Innovators-in-Residence Program by Mel + Frank
We are excited to announce that DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM in Woodside, California is partnering with us in prototyping a potential pilot program for Spring 2014! (http://www.djerassi.org) [Hao: if you are making a video, please insert photo of Djerassi used as main image above for our concept—one announcing partnership, if possible. Please remove this bracketed part if just typing out-thanks!] Our refinement goal is to pilot ONE residency + ONE school/class + ONE artist/innovator by Spring 2014. With one major piece in place, we are now searching for the best fit for a pilot local school partner. We are currently in touch with local Palo Alto schools and have received back enthusiastic response already. Finally, we are developing a Call for Artists and Innovators in order to solicit potential proposals and artist /innovator partner for our potential pilot program. We invite all OpenIDEOers to help us shape this call for proposals—and of course to submit your own proposal to be part of the first potential pilot Young Artists + Innovators-in-Residence Program!

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Love it, thanks Mel + Frank

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Something that came to my mind as I reflected on this exciting idea, was the notion we often use during ideation called 'flipping.' It can unlock fresh thinking by flipping an idea on it's head. I was reminded of a recent quote from IDEO's Kelley brothers: "Stay relevant by having a reverse-mentor: someone younger than you who can teach you how they think." I wonder if there might be a way of class groups visiting residencies – not to learn from the artists / innovators – but to teach them something? Imagine the empowerment in that. Just a wild card idea to keep folks thinking broad... ;^)

I'm also especially drawn to the notion of social innovation as part of this program (am thinking the likes of Candy Chang projects: http://candychang.com, etc) Is there a way that these kinds of projects might be prioritised, given they speak to creativity + community engagement? I wonder if it's possible to reach out to artists / innovators to get a sense of what kinds of projects they might propose for your idea with community engagement in mind. Some community-focused sample project ideas could even end up being the hook for potentially participating schools?

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I like the idea of having kids involved in a social innovation project "through" art. It reminded me of a visit by an artist Eve Mosher - http://earth.350.org/ih/ - to work with 2nd graders in a public school in Brooklyn:
http://littlegrassroots.blogspot.com/2008/04/eve-mosher-earth-day-artist-at-ps58.html

The kids were delighted...

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Awesome project, A-L! I especially enjoyed the first link. I guess I see this kind of stuff as more social innovation than art (the creative part being implied by 'innovation') – but that's just semantics :^) I wonder how these kinds of projects could best be framed /described to engage potentially participating schools? What kinds of buzzwords resonate with them? What register do they currently use around these topics? How might we get them the most excited about this kind of stuff? What cultural nuances would come into play in locations beyond the US? All could be interesting stuff to explore along the road to refinement…

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Great stuff! Love Eve Mosher and Candy Change. We had some exciting meetings and progress today and so am catching up here and will post more soon. Initial thoughts— artists typically frame this kind of work as "social practice" or a "socially-engaged practice." These kind of projects definitely would resonate well in the schools we have in mind currently for refinement... More soon!

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Following up on your comments Meena and A-L, we are putting together a draft call for proposals for potential pilot program—this will help to focus our language and the specs more and also (time willing!) allows us to get a sampling of project proposals from artists/ innovators... We will post back here when we have a rough draft before sending out for project proposal ideas (sometime soon after our meet-up early next week) as would love to get your input on the framing / buzzwords / cultural nuances that might come into play. If any initial thoughts come to mind that might be key to consider in the framing for a call for proposals, please let us know!

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PS Meena the reverse mentor idea really resonates with us—keen to frame a call for proposals that speaks in some way to artists / innovators to be open to asking what they can learn from young folks... KEY!

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Hi Mel and Frank. I see you are looking for ways to integrate artists/artist residency into a school setting. Here is a link to Studio in a School. It is a well established program which puts professional artists into NYC schools and integrates them within the school. The program has been integrated into grades K-12. It is a model that may be very helpful to you. They talk about how it is a mutually beneficial arrangement. The mentors are learning as well.
The image that currently fronts my concept, "Calling All Tripsters" is of a collaborative project done within Studio in a School. 450 students from 18 different Studio sites collaborated under the guidance of professional artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The title of the piece is Ship of Tolerance. The kids contributed the artwork and collaborated in their classrooms on ideas of tolerance and design. There is a NYTimes article link on the Studio in a School Website about the ship which was in NY Harbor during the Dumbo Arts Festival last month, Brooklyn, NY.
Have a look. I hope this helps! bettina
http://newyorkstatesofmind.com/2013/11/21/outsourcing-talent-to-bring-it-in-house/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=PR&utm_content=NI&utm_campaign=Outsourcing%20Talent%20to%20Bring%20it%20In-House&s_src=Outsourcing%20Talent%20to%20Bring%20it%20In-House&s_subsrc=PR
http://www.studioinaschool.org/

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Bettina—so much here, thank you! Already noticing some great potential builds—such as the idea to add parent workshops either at the school or the residency to the mix. We are partnering with Djerassi Resident Artists Program for this potential pilot program and they are very interested in finding more ways to rub elbows with the community and we think they would be very interested in this potential angle. (We discussed the idea of hosting an Open House for the final collaborative work created by the young artist/innovator students and the resident artist at the school itself—in this way bringing Djerassi or the resident program to the school itself). More to check out here for sure...

Also, we think your concept is great. Wondering if there is a potential build between the two in some way...

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Great idea! A few things that are bubbling up here in Chicago are working towards these efforts one is a project called the Art of Science Learning which is an NSF funded grant that is being conducted in 3 cities: Boston, San Diego and Chicago to pair innovators, educators, artists, scientists, and students on a year-long path to solve a major challenge together. The ideas is to "spark creativity in science education and development of an innovative 21st century STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce." (should be STEAM to include Art) All with the challenge to develop STEM-related solutions to urban nutrition challenges or create STEM learning programs.

So, the project rallies around one major challenge, which is what I putting forth to you here to invigorate people to keep up the passion.

I also see this idea as an incubator of sorts, and one thing you might want to consider is how this concept would flow into the start-up community. So that things (not all mind you) produced out of this space would actually lend themselves to start-up businesses. You might include the venture capital community and entrepreneurs as well. There are great examples of this happening in Chicago on a smaller scale...Good luck!

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Great build of thinking about how things might feed into the start-up domain, Erin. Could be a win-win for innovators, start-ups and communities!

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Yes, this is a new angle for us Erin! You're so right though—residency's are very much like incubators for artists. Critical places for ideas to gestate. Typically residencies are "input" time—a time to explore and nourish the creative / innovative process. Yet we also need to consider how the work flows back into the world at large. We would need to balance how to a) give space and time to nourish and explore ideas with a focus on the process in a way that is not typically possible in day-to-day life and b) ensure that ideas developed with and by youth are shared by youth. (Interesting to think about the idea of potentially incubating youth or mixed-age start-ups!) Would be curious to hear more details about how you've seen this incubator idea work on a smaller scale in Chicago.

Perhaps a longer term (6 months or so) Residency Youth "Fellowship" idea might really help support this kind of vision and the creative arc from input to ouput...

Thanks also for posting about the Art of Science Learning initiative—amazing. Love what they wrote here: "...clear theoretical framework's have been developed linking arts-based learning to effective innovation processes (5) and the development of innovative leadership (6)." Lots to learn and build on here—will definitely check this out further. http://www.artofsciencelearning.org/arts-based-learning/

Also agree on STEAM vs STEM!

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So how its working here in Chicago is that the Museum of Science and Industry is the host site and incubator space where the work will be done. The advisory committee has spent a lot of time recruiting who might be willing to give their time to this effort. Its pretty involved and requires at least 100 hours over the course of 8 months working to solve the big challenge. So a lesson learned may be to partner with a larger institution museum, etc. as an incubator of sorts where you could bridge their content and collective intelligence of the staff as a backbone to your support team. Plus it helps with idea recognition to people who may be familiar with an institution in in troducing a new idea. The value-adds for the institutions are many - they can claim a new partnership, new project to endorse, and adds credibility to funders/sponsors. Its works amazingly well in chicago and the beauty is that little money is spent in the initial run.

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Thanks Erin. We were just thinking about the importance of institutional legitimacy in furthering our other concept (an OpenIDEO for Young People)—and so we are in total agreement here. We have recently partnered with Djerassi Resident Artists Program in this concept. We have also reached out to other local organizations to help partner with us in refining this concept. An advisory committee is also another great idea. Thanks again for your insights.

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no problem!

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Mel + Frank, your concept is highlighted in this week's Field Note

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-10/

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Thanks for putting this together Hao! Great to be able to view all the ideas in precied form.

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Good idea ! Works for SMEs too

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Hi Anne—thanks! Curious if you have any thoughts about the best ways to integrate and partner the residency idea with schools and classes. Elementary students typically stay in the same class and so could easily be partnered with a residency for this idea. There is one middle school program we know of locally in which they all stay in one homeroom class so this may also work for a potential pilot here. Wondering though how we could best involve older students in this residency experience—students that typically roam from class to class. We could partner with a particular subject /class, such as art or industrial tech or science class or even consider an after-school club format.. Thanks for any insights you may have!

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Here at Djerassi Resident Artists Program we are wildly enthusiastic and a wishing-on-a-star hopeful partner. On our mountain where art meets sky, we trust artists. Creativity reigns supreme. We also hope to trust the innovators and leaders of tomorrow with the gift of time and collaboration by linking them with painters, poets, dancers, and composers (and, yes scientists too!) who come to us from every state, and at last count, 50 countries. Let's support artists to explore ideas with the leaders of the future--our youth.

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Thanks Margot—we really appreciate and value the support of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for this concept! It was great to meet with you the other day and we are thrilled to partner with you refining this concept. We will update the idea above with the details we discussed and look forward to developing further together. Have a great trip and in the meantime, we will be talking to the schools/classes that might be the best fit for a pilot run at Djerassi in 2014!

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it is good to have designers working in school like we have at middlesex university but why not then create a space/workshop for the different designers to retreat to when not specifically doing a creative activity then bring the students into the workshop to see the individual work of their mentor designers to inspire them to be more creative?

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Do Middlesex Uni students go and do outreach work with schools, John? Could be helpful to tell folks about that – I'm sure there's keen interest here. What kinds of projects do they do? How is their time structured for this? How are projects reported on and to whom? How do the school students respond? What are the 3 most successful elements of this kind of outreach? What aspects could be improved? (maybe think about what needs are not being met before thinking about the solutions?) Looking forward to hearing your valuable insights!

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Thanks John and thanks Meena for these great questions! We would love to hear more about this Middlesex Uni program and any feedback you may have. Building on your idea of students being inspired by visiting mentor designers, we are also working to find a ways to inspire a reverse kind of mentorship between young people and artists / innovators. (Thanks Meena for bringing up this great point earlier). Is there a way young people can also inspire the artists / innovators—by teaching them something and participating as collaborators in an art / innovation project? Mutual mentorship both ways? Curious to hear what you think.

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hey there great idea! do you think we could colab a bit?

heres my idea if youd like to take a look?

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/the-5-senses-project/

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Perhaps you might make some suggestions of how your idea could intersect with this one, Daniel. That could be a great way to kickstart some collaboration.

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Hi Daniel—yes, be great to hear ideas you have on potential collaboration to get the ball rolling. Hope to connect soon—thanks!

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Hey guys. I have to say, it's a particular pleasure to watch your video and see the faces behind your online conversations! Not to mention, the videos which Hao has collected have really helped folks engage in folks' ideas.

#ProTip Update your OpenIDEO profile so folks can dig who they're collaborating with. Think skills, experience, passions & wit!

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Mel + Frank, my name is Hao Dinh, the Challenge Community Champion. Congrats on being shortlisted. So many good ideas thus I want to make it easy for folks to quickly educate themselves on the ideas so they can focus on helping refine the concepts.

Can you provide me an elevator speech of your idea, maximum 10 seconds audio/video. Or you can reply to my post with text. I plan to consolidate the elevator speeches into one Field Note. (Field Notes are weekly challenge updates)

My thought is to provide you an opportunity to hype up your concept, ask for whatever assistance you need or provide suggestions on how to prototype your idea.

Much appreciated if I can get your elevator speech by Friday (November 22) 11 pm EST USA.

Thank you in advance,
Hao

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Mel + Frank, sorry I meant 30 seconds not 10 seconds.

Also hints on developing a elevator speech: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-create-your-memorable-elevator-pitch-four-simple-steps/

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Thanks Hao! We will put together something for you later today.

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Hi Hao—here is a link to our video: https://vimeo.com/80126707 (pwd: CC). Thanks!

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As someone who teaches Innovation, I would love to be an innovator-in-residence (if someone would have me!). In fact, I've had the idea to visit cities and hold pop-up classes where participants work together to solve a local challenge. Sometimes you can create creative confidence in just one challenge, such as an OpenIDEO challenge! Add some international destinations and this could be even more fun. Now for a stipend...that's a tricky one. In my pop-up idea, where I imagined visiting a few cities, I thought to ask the city itself to donate to my class, as well as local businesses. I hadn't thought of working with kids, but that's such a good idea - even better. I like the idea of kids working on a challenge that maybe the adults haven't figured out. Great idea!

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Thanks Tracy—great to hear that you would find this idea a potentially good fit for you and other innovators! Based on your experience with teaching innovation, we're wondering if you were to propose a project for this concept, what would be an example of a project or idea you think might work best...?

Great idea also to work with cities and local business for further support for this initiative... we'll give that some more thought as well!

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Mel + Frank: another great idea into our Top 22 shortlist! We were really inspired by your big picture thinking and how you've tapped into existing creative communities to instil these values and behaviours in young people. For Refinement, we'd actually encourage you to think smaller-scale and shorter-term as one route to starting to tease out this idea further. For example, what would you do – and what might you learn – if you set yourself the deadline of one residence-student partnership happening by Spring 2014? What's the bare-bones structure you'd need, the partners you'd source, the materials you'd create, etc in order to make this happen? For more tips for this Refinement phase, check out http://ideo.pn/cc-refinetips and catch our Lowdown on Refinement at http://bit.ly/oi_refine

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Thanks OpenIDEO! This is great feedback and we are looking forward to exploring and refining the possibilities as you suggested on an initial smaller-scale residence-student-partnership.

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I think this idea is wonderful, I would have loved to have an opportunity to do something like this when I was younger. I think this has huge potential. If you need any help, let me know, and please keep us updated!

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Thanks Jimmy! Love to have your input on this idea. Curious if you think you would have been most interested in the experience of visiting an artist's residency and showing as part of an Open House or do you think you mainly would have loved to connect with artist- and-innovator-in-residence in schools? Or is it the mixture of the two that you think would really be exciting?

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I actually did something sort of similar to this when I was younger. I went to an early college for students who wanted to or planned on doing engineering/medicine field. It was an early college that combined the last two years of your high school and the first two years of your college classes into 2 years, so you enter the school after your sophomore year in high school and go to college as a junior when you graduate.

We lived in a dorm on campus of the college and it was a very very vague but similar concept to yours and I loved it. I didn't end up doing either medicine or engineering, but I found that by placing all of us in a residence it was a great learning experience. We learned from each other, built off of each other's ideas, and it was truly amazing.

I am most interested in the "connect with artist- and-innovator-in-residence in schools"; however, I am also interested in visiting the artist's residency and showing as part of an Open House as well.

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I wish this had been around when I was in high school ;-).

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Me too! I think it really comes down to giving young people more of a creative head start than we might have had in the past...

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Hi -- I realized the the Young OpenIDEO concept is yours a well.

Maybe there's a link to tie the two together.

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Love it when great ideas converge! Perhaps there's a new concept in here that the two of you might work on? Just a thought :)

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Haha ;-). Thanks Ashley. Maybe its as simple as leveraging the Artist in Residence environment as physical spaces to to develop the Young Open IDEO concepts.

Or, maybe its something entirely different. I'll mull it over some more but I'm psyched to hear what Mel + Frank think of the merging of these two concepts.

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yes, i think that prototyping ideas and local meet-ups for young artist and innovators at local residencies is a great idea. i'll give some further thought to other possible merges as well.

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Awesome! I'll loop back in if I think of anything else.

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Thinking about possible merges further—wondered if artists and innovators-in-residence could be great cross-pollinators and/or local meet-up coordinators further augmenting young people's version of OpenIDEO...

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I think that building upon an existing network is a great plus, in particular in terms of the possibility to prototype.
Moreover, if as you write "According to the Artist Residency Alliance Network, 90% of residencies currently have programs that engage the local community and are very much interested in fostering and expanding the community-based aspects of their program", it is a great opportunity platform for developing this idea.

It also reminds me of some NSF grants in the academic world which invites academic to partner with schools to develop specific programs. I don't know very well this kind of grants but that might be something to look into.

It also reminded me the artist in residency program of the Guggenheim with some public schools in NY. Both my kids had the chance to go through it and they loved it.

Looking forward to seeing the idea evolve.

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Thanks Anne-Laure. I'll definitely check into that Guggenheim program with NY public schools. Sounds amazing.

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I think I found a link to that Guggenheim / public school program you mentioned. Looks great.

http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/support/foundation-and-government/education-and-public-programs

i'm now also wondering how we can best attract artists-innovators to propose projects—not just as educators but ideally as a part of their larger experimental and creative (social) practice?

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Yes it is this program (sorry I was planning to add the link).

I like the idea of creating opportunities for artists to engage with young public.
It reminds me Jessica's observations: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/inspiration/building-inclusion-through-games-and-fun/
In this case it was unintentional, but it would be great to make it intentional.

It also made me think of Pina Bausch's attempt to have one of her choreographies performed by 2 amateur casts: young people (14 to 19) as well as older people (over 65 years): http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/kontakthof-tanztheater-wuppertal-pina-bausch-barbican-theatre

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Thank you so much Anne-Laure for the reminding me of this great related inspiration—I will add it. I also just got seriously distracted in a very good way by Pina Bausch. Amazing. It also made me think of the choreographer Ann Carlson, Visiting Artist at Stanford's Drama and Performance Department and the participatory nature of her work...
I recently saw a piece she made entirely from the gestures of trained musicians and 70 participants are Stanford faculty, staff and students – including the entire men's volleyball team! They performed gestural portraits based on the motions of their day. Often funny. Here is a link to another work (all I can find related right now) in case you're interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YocMrsImA0g

I agree that collaborative-participatory works and game- or play-based works would work really well for this residency experience ...

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Awesome idea, guys! We're loving how it leverages an existing network. I'm also digging how it connects someone motivated and innovative who's provided with time and space to get creative and engage young people and stakeholders. I'm sure there could be opportunities for shared learning and celebrations of success across an initiative like this too. Exciting avenues for exploration on many aspects of this idea. Bring it on!

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Also wonder whether a potential angle could be to have innovators working in-house at schools (ie. artists & innovators apply to a national / international program of in-school residencies) This could be prototyped at a single school for one semester?

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An in-school series of artist + innovator residencies is a great angle. I can see this being prototyped well at the high school and undergraduate level especially if its builds upon the existing network of artist residencies somehow so that it attracts an international community of artists-innovators... perhaps an exchange between the residency and school? Going to chew this over some more!

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Love it. I was suggesting a sub-program to the current residency network rather than competing with it... so thanks for emphasising that aspect. What you're suggesting could draw upon their network wonderfully and also potentially invigorate it. Looking forward to iterations :^)

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This is such a great idea and I love the additional spin that @Meena Kadri put on it as well in her comments. When I was in high school I knew I wanted to purse a career in design, but I struggled with creative confidence and feared failure. My big breakthrough came when my art teacher invited his wife (who was a fashion design at Calvin Klein) to come in to speak to our class, show her work, and discuss the different types of careers that are available in the arts. While being stuck in the bubble of high school it was so easy for me to fear the big scary real world and not know how to take the right steps towards pursuing my dreams. It was amazing powerful and inspirational to have someone from the outside break through and open my eyes to the possibilities available to pursue if we put aside our fears and just try. With this new mindset I was able to work past my insecurities. I ended up pursuing a degree in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and never looked back! I often think back on that lesson when I find myself in need of a creative confidence boost in my adult life. Having creative artistic innovators in house at schools working hands on daily with students would have a HUGE impact on students and is something that could easily be prototyped in a single school for one semester as Meena suggested. Great ideas and thanks for sharing!!

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hi jackie and meena, i couldn't agree more. in my experience i have found that inviting visiting artists and designers to class and arranging art & design studio visits whenever i can really lights up the students. they start to engage and take the material seriously in a deeper, more personally meaningful way. pairing this idea of both bringing the residency experience to schools and getting students off the campus to these amazing places / spaces seem like a great combination to me. This exchange could be an important part of the guidelines in the call for proposals...

Another variation on this in-school residency idea—invite proposals that structure a certain period of substantial time with students in-school-residence and then a certain period of substantial time at the residency for the artist innovator to work by themselves, building upon the materials and ideas they have gathered with the young artist-innovator students. Students would visit the residency to follow ideally to see and hopefully participate in the final fruition and installation of their shared work at the Open House.

The existing residency network would also be critical in the peer review and selection of proposals. Artists would effectively represent the residency in the schools.

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Lots of great thoughts here, guys. Mel – as your thinking evolves, feel free to edit your post using the Update Entry button up there on the right of your post – and add folks to your Virtual Team if they've contributed to strengthening your idea via their comments. Bring on the collaboration!

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I love the idea of innovators working in-house in middle/high schools! I think a huge problem with introducing alternative/creative programs in schools is that teachers and administrators are already so swamped in work already. They might not have the time or energy to implement a full creative program themselves.

But if the creative innovators can propose a curriculum, and implement it in the school, it would be much easier for the teachers to also use it as a backbone to springboard their own creative time. I also see a lot of potential for collaboration between the innovators/artists in residence, AND between the innovators and the school faculty.

It would be a great way to leverage the creative energy of the artists/innovators, the contextual knowledge of teachers, to create a creative program that's centered around the creative potential of students.

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Congrats on this post being today's onsite Featured Idea!

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Thank you OpenIDEO!