Theory to Practice 2020

Visioning Action Outcomes

Imagine the Future by David O’ Fallon

Networks of  Action and Hope

The base idea of Networks of Hope and Action is to link together people, programs events that are actively both resisting the current unjust and unsustainable polices and economy AND are courageously imagining and building the relationships, the understandings, the programs and policies needed for a more creative, just, sustainable even thriving world.

First step is to link with other networks and nexus, such as Springboard for the Arts locally, Forecast Public Art, which is local and with international connections, (there are too many to name), with ACW as a center for:

1) a directory, a hub, of interconnections.  2) as a prime convener with many others of these sites of Hope and Action.        Imagine an emerging network, organic in its relationships, of active hope and resistance !   3)then a select number of events to learn from and with each other , with, possibly, a blog post or podcast.  The learning from and with is a critical piece of this work.

David O’Fallon will take a leadership role on this project.

Launch Cost ???

ACW Ambassador Program (name may change).  The purpose of this initiative is to cultivate relationships locally and globally while providing support for our members.  Participants may receive financial and/or other support towards attending a conference, seminar, festival or meeting focused on their particular interest or passion.

*Ambassadors complete an application which screens for passion and commitment.
*Ambassadors complete an orientation/training session where potential networking ideas are brainstormed.
* Ambassadors should be able to talk about past successful ACW projects and current/upcoming activities.

Deliverables may include:
* Advocating for the idea that art could/should be incorporated into partner organization projects for maximum impact.
* Imagine ACW partnership project possibilities with them and put them in touch with ACW leaders for discussions.
* Dispersal of printed materials.
* Report of their outcomes?  We provide a form?
* Introduce new contacts to ACW leadership.

Craig Harris has agreed to take the leadership role on this idea and create a one-page description.

Launch Cost: $300 ($100 to Project Manager, $200 to Ambassador).

NOTE:  Send an Ambassador to the Community Connections event on February 1.  ACW could pay $100. Craig will attend this event.

Launch Cost $100


The 4 R’sRethinking, Reusing, Refurbishing, and Recycling (this could be the name- need to put everyone’s heads on this).

Boring conferences around tables have little effect.  We need an event which is edgy, fun and has potential press appeal.  What do you think of this crazy idea following?  How could we modify the idea to have maximum impact?

Host an event in partnership with Savers (and other eco-dedicated partners who might contribute funds and volunteers) which has the following components:

  • Kick -Off at Savers where 10 CAREFULLY selected applicants (from all artforms) get $100 of free supplies and 1 hour to select their project materials. Successful applicants must have the verbal skills and 4 R’s passion to lead a discussion.
  • A 4 R’s theme as inspiration for the name of the event and as a thematic goal for the completed artworks.
  • Participants take their supplies back to a work/gallery space with tools, adhesives, tables etc. and have until 5:00 PM to complete their works.
  • ACW hosts a “show” with food, beverages and discussions. Each artist gives a 3-minute presentation on their eco topic and leads a discussion.
  • Three carefully selected judges choose a 1st, 2ndand 3rd Prizes: $1,000, $500, $200.
  • The show stays up for 2 weeks and we look for other venues – not galleries- government buildings, churches etc where there is heavy traffic from people who might not attend “art” related events.

You have to “romance the street” as I call it in order to effect “change”.  Singing to our already established choir changes nothing.

Barbara will take a leadership role for this event.

Launch Cost: $2,300  $100 to Project Manager, $1,700 to artists, $500 event costs.


ACW will host very different kind of artist meet ups.  The meet ups will be art ACW member studios and there will be discussion themes.
Cultural Appropriation
Climate Crises
Social Justice Art
What is Fine Art?
Cultural Exploitation

There will be a very simple “Rules of Engagement” directive developed. We will have a paid facilitator and some content speakers/leaders at each event.  Facilitators will be given a one-page handout detailing how they should lead the discussion- knowing what the content/leader has to contribute and working it in for maximum impact. Host artist, facilitator, content speaker/leader will all earn $100. Barbara would recommend everyone read Adaptive Positive Deviance, recommended to her by David O’Fallon.  It targets education but the goal aligns perfectly with our discussed goals.

Barbara volunteered to make her July 11, 2020 365 day the first one and would be delighted to make the topic “Cultural Appropriation”.

Margo Ashmore has agreed to write up a directive for this project.

Launch Cost: $300  $100 each to artists host, facilitator and speaker/leader

Coaching Project Ashmore, McDill and Bridges have done the design work on this project. Barbara agreed to re-work the website and start using our developed project application when people approach her for partnerships.  Done:
Barbara agreed to re-work the website and start using our developed project application when people approach her for partnerships.   Done:

ACW  might want to go ahead and  find funding for one coaching pair and call it a expanded pilot Coaching Project Internship. Layl McDill has agreed to take a leadership role.


$600   – Coach 12 hours over 6 months meet with intern @ $50 an hour
$250     Intern  12 hours over 6 months meet with coach @20 an hour
$500    Intern   Project development -24 hours over 6 months @ $20 an hour
$1200   Development of coaching materials and for coach to customize materials for Intern   24 hours over 6 months @ $50 an hour
$800    Supplies, promo and other items for project implementation.
$300    ACW Admin fees
$3650.00  If grant funded

ACW  might want to go ahead and  find funding and call it a pilot Coaching Project Internship.
$600   – Coach 12 hours over 6 months meet with intern @ $50 an hour
$250     Intern  12 hours over 6 months meet with coach @20 an hour
$ 100    Prep stipend for Coach to customize materials for Intern
$150     Supplies, promo and other items for implementation.
$100     ACW Admin fees
Launch Cost $1,200   for pilot  ACW Funded

Policy and procedures need to be developed for:
Coaching meeting procedures and expectations
Monthly report form for both coach and Intern
Project steps and expectations- including all the programming, promo, volunteers, budget etc.
Final report with relevant data needed for director to execute a simple analysis.

I think the basic design has been developed for this project and the coach who takes the first intern should develop the relevant policies and procedures since they will be right there on the ground with primary source input!  I would like someone else to take point on the Coaching Project.