The Seeding Change Institute
Research and Creation Cohort 2023
The Seeding Change Institute is a new initiative by Pangea World Theater to create a generative, supportive institute for artists to strengthen their skills and critical approach to making socially engaged projects and work. SCI is developed for artists by artists and those working in the arts. SCI seeks to connect artists to a larger community, to a deeper understanding of community development and to each other.
The Seeding Change Institute will be offered starting in the fall of 2024 for a 10-15 person cohort. A shorter summer intensive for youth will also be developed. SCI will offer workshops, conversations, hands-on learning with guest artists and readings with discussions. During the 9 month Institute each cohort member will develop their own project alone or in collaboration with other cohort members. There will be opportunities for the cohort to share their work with a larger audience and to have their work well documented.
Outside of MFA programs there are very few opportunities for emerging or established artists, writers, dancers, singers, visual artists, performers to spend time in a collective setting developing new skills and the rigor to ask big questions about their work and role as an artist. Isolation is a central tenet of this society and this is true for Artists as well. SCI seeks to create a space where artistic community is fostered and participants are supported and challenged to grow in their artistic practice.
For our initial cohort we have invited ten artists and arts organizers to take part in a year-long Seeding Change Research and Creation Cohort to help us envision the institute. In November 2023 the Seeding Change Research and Creation Cohort will offer a weekend gathering of free workshops, performances and conversations at Pangea World Theater to share with the community what we are creating.