Michael Rohd workshop and lecture on community-centered arts

Civic Engagement Workshop

Wednesday, April 5
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Strauss Hall, Hancher Auditorium

Michael Rohd led a workshop for 30 UI faculty, students, staff, and community partners. Blending participatory theater, a community development framework, facilitated group process, pair activities, and story sharing, Rohd's workshop invited artists and community/government agencies to explore collaboration and change-aimed partnership practice. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

What does it take to build an effective, ethical and productive partnership across fields and areas of experience? Michael Rohd, Artistic Director of Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the Sojourn Theatre, will speak about his work with arts councils, service organizations, artists, community agencies and local governments around the country to make space and context for meaningful arts based partnership practice.

The Sojourn Theatre’s current projects include How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, a participatory performance model for community engagement staged in Chicago, Louisiana, Washington, DC, and other locations. Rohd is also a professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and Art, where he and other faculty collaborators are launching a think tank/action space called The Ensemble Lab. He is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue, used around the world in theater-for-community settings and teaching institutions.

Rohd is visiting the UI as part of the Creative Matters lecture series, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.