- Abuela’s Table takes on an inter-generational approach to community-based initiatives to celebrate cultural traditions, food and healthy lifestyles.
- Extreme Food Desert Makeover will examine the role of a locally-owned and operated grocery store and how it can feed the life of the neighborhood.
- Re-Imagine the Block will work with local residents to “co-”power a new neighborhood vision, using food and the arts as the engine of change.
Community Innovation Labs: Dallas, TX
Announcing Community Innovation Lab Round Two: Dallas, TX
In this time of increased uncertainty and deepening inequities, traditional linear planning is not a sufficient response; a coalition of community stakeholders coming together to bring creative experimental approaches to persistent complex challenges is powerful and radical.Richard Evans, EmcArts, President
Working in ensembles, Lab members from both cities will initiate new arts-based strategies for change over the course of 2017 with the support of $15,000 in grant funds. Funded in part by the Kresge Foundation, EmcArts’ Community Innovation Labs bring together learning from the fields of social innovation and creative placemaking. The process is undergirded by four key principles:
1. a focus on building dense, cross-sector networks
2. a willingness to slow down in order to see systems as a whole
3. an ability to harvest unique contributions from artists and cultural workers
4. a willingness to let go of linear planning in favor of experimental learning