Arts Alive has been selected to be the local host for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) bi-annual conference on the creative economy, the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX), on June 2 and 3, 2015 in downtown Keene, New Hampshire.
The Hannah Grimes Center released the report, Local Innovators: Leaders in Local & Regional Collaboration, a product of nine interviews with a diverse sampling of local and regional leaders in the Monadnock Region of Southwest New Hampshire. Included within the report are nine case studies that highlight challenges and innovative solutions for collaborating locally and regionally. Also included are tips and resources for groups and individuals seeking to improve their own collaborative efforts. This report was produced by Libby Weiland, a recent Antioch University New England graduate who worked on this project as a Hannah Grimes Center intern this past spring. Out of her interviews emerged themes and commonalities that provided insight into the questions:
- What makes for successful collaboration?
- What challenges do groups face to successful collaboration?
- What common needs do groups have?
- What innovative solutions are being proposed?
Local Innovators interviewed include:
- Kristen Vance from The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center
- Julie Davenson the former coordinator of Community Connections for Afterschool Networking
- John Kondos from the Monadnock Sustainability Network
- Susy Thielen from Heading for Home
- J.B. Mack from the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association
- Amanda Costello from the Cheshire County Conservation District
- Gary Fox from the Great Falls Food Hub
- Sue Farrell the former Executive Director of Arts Alive!
- Valerie Britton from the Samuel E. Paul War Memorial Commission