Littleglobe held its first gathering of southwest cultural workers (working in a variety of ways in their communities) on January 21, 2012. Based on two years of research, dialogue, writing and collaborative exploration, this was the first step towards offering professional development workshops in the arena of creative community engagement.
There is a need for creative, effective, and successful models for site-based, community engagement work that involves the entire spectrum of the population --children, youth, families, adults and elders as well as artists, planners, organizers, health care workers, educators, and others. This inter- and cross-disciplinary approach is complex, rigorous, and demanding, requiring a range of skills in creative collaboration, civic dialogue, conflict engagement, facilitation, and more.
The “Littleglobe Center for Creative Engagement (CCCE)” is looking at skillful and effective models of arts-based civic engagement programs regionally, nationally, and internationally. At the same time, Littleglobe is aware that significant work of this kind is being done in the southwest and that southwest-based approaches are particularly potent. The breadth, depth and diversity of southwest communities--reflecting centuries of conquest, intolerance, cooperation AND collaboration between Native, Hispanic, White, mixed-race and other peoples--have generated complex models for effective community engagement. The CCCE will draw on the best of these regional, national and international models as well as Littleglobe's experience with its many community projects.
The CCCE is part of a larger vision supported by the New Mexico-based McCune Charitable Trust. Institutional partners include the University of New Mexico (UNM), the Institute for American Indian Arts (IAIAI) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC).
COAL is a musical unlike any other. It is an experience, an event that invites us into a shared, imaginative response to our current paradox- coal powers our world and yet it has devastating consequences for all life on earth.
A mythical story told through a global musical score, COAL brings people together and fosters community think tanks that cross many divides through musical performances, community dinners, dialogues, and creative workshops. COAL is a catalyst for collective reflection, value clarification and social action that moves us beyond notions of good and bad in the spirit of connection.
Littleglobe is a New Mexico-based 501(c)(3) organization consisting of seasoned artists, facilitators, activists, and cultural workers devoted to building individual and community capacity through creative community engagement. Through collaborative art-making, Littleglobe fosters life-affirming connections across the boundaries that divide us.
Projects included in this video:
TOC Festival (2008)
Turn the Lens Teen Film Project (2010-ongoing)
The Santa Fe Bus Opera spans an active Santa Fe bus route, taking the audience through various parts of the city, “weaving” together its neighborhoods, geographies, and people while telling a new Santa Fe story that collapses time, gives voice to the lesser heard, and celebrates the richness of community life. Based on interviews with bus drivers and riders and utilizing a team of live vocalists and musicians and street performers, The Bus Opera invokes the past and present of Santa Fe. The premiere performance of this hour long piece is planned for October of 2012. As a Miami journalist remarked at the preview, “This is the Santa Fe story that no one is telling.”
Littleglobe Artist team: Valerie Martinez, Molly Sturges, Acushla Bastible, Chris Jonas and Ligia Bouton
Documentary by Erin Hudson, Rotations Films (Albuquerque, NM)