TWI Investigating Creative Capital

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Published on January 6, 2009

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Big Thought Presents: Creative Capital in Dallas : Big Thought Presents: Creative Capital in Dallas October 16, 2008 Slide 2: Thriving Minds Public/Private Partnership Mission Thriving Minds is an innovative public-private partnership committed to preparing all Dallas children to be successful in school and life by building an equitable and sustainable system that provides high-quality creative learning and experiences. Vision One day Dallas will have sustainable creative education for all children. Slide 3: Our Panel Local and National Expertise Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf Senior Scholar, Annenberg Institute for School Reform; Principal, WolfBrown Teresa Hall Dallas resident for 28 years; mother of 3 school-age children Aulexus Willams (Teresa’s daughter) 13 years old student at Lang Middle School Ana Herrera Exec. Director, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico; Spanish is first language; Mother of Isabella (4yrs old); Dr. Katy Denson Former Dallas ISD evaluator for Title I; independent consultant Alan Brown Principal, WolfBrown Slide 4: Creative capital is the capacity of a person, family or community to imagine and express new possibilities through creative activity. Creativity is a widely shared human ability that includes polished work and every day inventions and innovations. Creative Capital What is it ? Slide 5: Creative capital is a personal and civic asset that can increase: the effectiveness of individuals, the strength of families, and the health of communities. Creative Capital What is it ? Slide 6: Creative Capital How do we know? Programs and Research in ArtsPartners (1998-2005) Caregiver Focus Groups (Summer 2007) Student Activity Survey (Fall 2007) Family Interviews (Spring 2008) Creative Capital Survey (Fall 2008) Slide 7: Meet with Neighborhood Leaders Share Research and Learnings Reach Community Consensus on Values & Goals Identify Neighborhood Resources & Gaps in Services Develop Neighborhood Plan & Identify Target Programs Host Community Orientation and Summer Planning Meeting with NLT Members & Community Providers Allocate Funds & Implement Summer Programs for Kids & Families Information Session with Community Providers Document & Report Impact Of Partnerships Review Program Delivery to Kids & Look at Overall Summer Process Creative CapitalWhat do we believe? High-quality and continuous opportunities to be creative are key drivers in the well-being of children, families and communities. No one organization or portion of a city government can generate all the opportunities it takes to educate and encourage the next generation of musicians, authors, inventors or social innovators. Slide 8: Creative Capital What can it do for a community? Mary L. Bennett Blocks and Strips, 2003; By Linda Pettway National museum tour of local quilts brought recognition, pride and economic opportunities. Gee’s Bend Alabama Slide 9: Creative Capital What can it do for a community? “Tigers and Jaguars” Los Angeles, CA Local artists explore the evolution of cross-cultural, grass-roots experiences that occur between Latino and Asian communities. “In an increasingly globalized world, these artists share a desire to bridge cultural borders and to create new multicultural modes of artistic expression.” – Katy Mas-Gallegos (Curator ,Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA) Slide 10: Creative Capital What can it do for family? Family Interview Demonstration Caregiver – Teresa Hall Student – Aulexus Williams, Teresa’s daughter Researchers Expert Researcher (interviewer) – Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf Community Researcher (documenter) – Ana Herrera Slide 11: Your Creative Capital Turn to your neighbor and discuss: What fueled your creative capital growing up? What do you do to share creative experiences with children now? What challenges your ability to do more creative learning personally and/or with children? Slide 12: Family Interviews Capturing the “Lived Experience” Pieces of the Family Interview Screener 1 – Demographic Data and Household Risk Screener 2 – Neighborhood Risk and Home Resources Interview – 1-2 Caregivers, 1 student, and 2 researchers Family’s Creative History Child’s Creative History Weekend Journal Slide 13: Family Interviews Screener 1 - What we learned Findings from Screener 1 Data Ethnicity: 48% African-American, 33% Hispanic, 13% White, 1% Asian, 1% other, 4% missing Home Language: 55% English, 33% Spanish, 7% English and Spanish, 4% missing Student School Level: 7% pre-school, 64% elementary, 16% middle, 13% high school Marital Status: 44% Single, 54% Married, 2% missing Income: 28% <$15K, 27% $15-29.9K, 17% $30-44.9K, 13% >$45K, 15% missing Slide 14: Family Interviews Screener 2 - What we learned Resource 57% of families have a computer at home, of those, 55% are connected to the Internet 61% think people in their neighborhood come together as a community 75% have TV rules Stresses/Difficulties 69% do not feel comfortable letting their children walk to activities 50% think do not feel their neighborhood has safe, educational activities 62% of families said the TV is almost always on Slide 15: Family Interviews Interviews - What we learned Findings from the Interviews All families can have high creative capital – it is NOT tied to address, ethnicity or income It’s a 3-generational enterprise – today’s investment pays out for our children, their children and their grandchildren Neighborhood safety, lack of information and services present difficult challenges Slide 16: Research Team What did we learn? 14 experienced researchers Big Thought Research staff Dallas ISD’s Evaluation staff WolfBrown staff 30 community researchers 15 staff from cultural institutions 7 private citizens interested in Dallas’ Creative Capital 5 neighbor leaders (i.e., Park & Rec staff, church directors, Dallas ISD Comm. Liaison,) 3 graduate students Slide 17: Creative Capital Survey What you can do today Survey to establish baseline levels of creative capital 1,870 paper surveys completed by Dallas ISD families Your help is need with supplemental online data collection Survey link at www.bigthought.org Slide 18: Creative Capital Discussion What connections do you see between your work and creative capital? Working together, how can we fuel families’ creative capital?

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