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Building from the Arts Organizing Institute Pangea is currently developing the Seeding Change Institute

Working with a cohort of artists/organizers we will share our vision in the Spring of 2023 with an open application being released for the first institute in the Fall of 2023. 


The Arts Organizing Institute 2017/18

The Arts Organizing Institute 2017/18 includes 120 of participatory learning time. Eighty hours of in-session time is made up of 

  • Core Curriculum Sessions, 

  • Performance and Visual Arts tracks, 

About forty hours of time is spent leading artistic community engagement projects, in praxis.  There will be increased opportunity for praxis engagement July through September 2017 as we engage with the Comprehensive City Plan 2040 of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Program Goals and Content

This ten-month institute is dedicated to growing the number of artist organizers involved in community and city development work. Through a combination of artistic workshops, professional development trainings, peer-to-peer skill shares, and creative, community engagement projects, we will work on Lake Street’s art and culture corridor and explore what countering displacement could mean as we engage in Minneapolis’ comprehensive city planning process.


The Institute has three major curriculum pieces, with many opportunities for applying learning concepts through hands-on experience with other members of the cohort, community allies, and other aspects of Lake Street Art!’s work strategies.

Core Curriculum Sessions

Core Curriculum sessions are meant to provide the foundational basis for arts organizing. These are highly influenced by the Lake Street Arts! Principles and Agreements. They include subjects such as embodiment and healing justice, Indigenous protocol, systems change, evaluation, community organizing, community development, creative placemaking, effects of colonization and capitalism, and more.


Performance and Visual Arts Tracks

Through a series of twelve (12) workshops, cohort participants will have a chance to explore

  • theater craft and an overview of performance history and production elements,

  • print-making, weaving, mural-making, and community arts.


We are seeking artists with experience and confidence with one or more of the following:


  • visual arts

  • performing arts,

  • community organizing and community development

And who live in the Twin Cities or the surrounding areas.


Applicants must have some existing relationship to Lake Street, Minneapolis and be willing to maintain an active one with this arts and culture corridor and its surrounding communities through the end of the Institute 2018. In addition to full access to its capacity-building curriculum, Institute participants will receive a stipend to participate, and a small organizing budget.


Successful applicants will demonstrate strong leadership potential within the field of arts and culture as well as a deep commitment to community, social change and/or cultural equity.


The program will be rigorous and will require commitment to attend all sessions as well as participation in praxis projects, online sessions, additional outside reading, peer interaction and other engagement over the course of the Institute July 2017 through April 2018.  All program costs will be covered for program participants by Pangea World Theater and our funding partners.


Deadline to Apply:

Rolling deadline. We will be accepting applications until July 11th, 2017 at Midnight.

A complete application includes the items below and can all be submitted online through our system with Submittable:

1) List of experiences on four areas or resumé

2) Written narrative or Audio/Video 3 minutes or less responses to less than a hand-full of questions.

3) Optional Work Sample


For more information consult the links provided or reach out to Alejandra:, 612-822-0015, or (612) 486-2251c


Artist Compensation:

Institute participants will receive:  

  • $1500 to participate,

  • 80 hours of participatory learning and critical thinking activities

  • a $500 organizing budget for a Praxis Project, which can be carried forth in collaboration with other Cohort participants,

  • Paid and unpaid opportunities with Home Performance project, Praxis Mural, Lake Street Arts! at the Market, and more!

Click here for program dates and session themes!

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