Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods Initiative
Fellows Training Program
A Reason to Survive (ARTS) & The Pomegranate Center Collaboration
ARTS is partnering with National City, the Pomegranate Center and a host of public and private agencies to implement Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods. This Initiative will result in the creation of 30 signature projects over 3 years, training 60 artists in the Pomegranate Center methodology, employing 100+ high school youth apprentices, and engaging over 2,000 middle and elementary school students.
In an 8-session, hands-on training intensive, you will learn the techniques that will empower you to fully engage your community in a productive, creative process, while creating broad ownership of the projects you lead. ARTS invites you, like-minded individuals who value collaboration and have a passion for community building through place-making. By completing the Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods Initiative (CVNI) Fellows Training, you will be qualified to be a paid lead artist for an ARTS CVNI project .
WHO IS A GOOD FIT?
- You believe connected, strong communities are essential to our future
- You think our communities (and our nation) could do a lot better job collaborating
- You’re tired of group efforts failing because they are slow, unwieldy, and bogged-down by process
- You are a professional artist, have experience working with youth, and are a community organizer
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT?
Milenko Matanovic, founder and director of Pomegranate Center, along with A Reason to Survive, Landscape Architect Ilisa Goldman and special guests, will take your Project Management skills to the next level with:
- Leadership methods that encourage maximum participation
- Techniques to develop a powerful sense of community ownership
- Practical advice for handling difficult personalities that threaten the collaborative process
The training schedule takes place from 9am-4pm at the ARTS Center, 200 E. 12th Street, National City, CA on the following Fridays from 9-4pm & Saturdays from 9-4pm:
This series culminates with a hands-on community project in National City June 2-5th.
** Please check back for more information regarding enrollment to our Fall program. Dates and details will be announced in May.