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DIY Workbook and Toolkit

Download this workbook and toolkit to get everything you need for a 3-hour visioning and planning conversation that you can host yourself! The DIY Community Visioning Forum, part of the larger New Community Visions Initiative, is designed for you to gather your friends from both inside and outside the arts to think about how the arts can help make healthier, more vibrant, more equitable communities over time. Over the course of three hours, you, with those you’ve gathered, will explore what a “healthy, vibrant, equitable community” is; what role the arts can play in pursuing the vision of that idealized community; and how individuals, arts institutions, and support organizations (like service organizations, foundations, and local arts agencies) can help to achieve that vision. You’ll do some easy warm-up games, tell some stories, and then talk through some questions about the way that your community, you, and the arts intersect and empower each other.


Americans for the Arts would like to thank the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for their significant support of the New Community Visions Initiative.

We would also like to thank The McKnight Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Ken and Mary Ann Fergeson, The Saint Paul Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for their generous support of the New Community Visions Initiative.

(Support as of July 22, 2015)