It was a truly inspirational exchange with individuals who believe arts, culture, and creativity transform communities! I learned so much from the community of West Baltimore and at the National Learning Exchange that will forever be in my mind and heart!
Lesson #1: When you do work that speaks through your own personal life it is integral to personal healing and healing to the communities you work with.
Lesson #5: Need to change the paradigm of viewing young people as consumers of programs instead of leadership.
Lesson #9: The arts create the dialogue for difficult discussions to happen. The art voice is the means for beginning the conversation.
ROOTSFest2011 was a powerful, inspirational setting with amazing performances, awesome individuals, and positive energy! It had lessons I believe we can all learn from, and the support and evidence that arts, culture, and creativity does transform communities!