Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!) is a neighborhood level cultural organizing project that manifests the creative power of arts as catalyst for action and transformation among Northwood neighbors who want to partner across lines of difference. By developing a civic arts team, the project will foster community dialogue, empower youth, honor the talents of seniors, celebrate artists and situate art forms of all kinds in neighborhood and non-traditional spaces. SNAP will investigate how civic arts practice, with its attending challenges to collaborate with a sense of equity, respect and sharing power, can be a model for addressing social and civic concerns.
Our Values and Goals
SISTER: trust, relationships, crossing borders, inter-generational
… WE manifest collaboration across lines of difference — people, ages, and places.
NEIGHBORHOOD: citizen artists, passions, skills, residents, the environment, history
… WE cultivate a naturally occurring cultural district among residential, public, commercial and non-traditional spaces. By sparking the creativity of citizen artists and surfacing the artistry that already exists, we also look at our shared history and future in Northwood.
ARTS: civic theatre, media arts, music, public art installations, indigenous arts, circus arts, culinary arts, healing arts, festivals
… WE produce art that captures the imaginations, tells the stories and encourages the participation of residents in Northwood.
PROGRAM: sustainability, partners, MCM’s five priority areas, stakeholders, governance, funding
… WE develop a cultural plan that uses the creative power of arts and culture as a catalyst for action and transformation.
SNAP! is a project supported by a grant from the OSI-Baltimore Community Fellowship Program of the Open Society Institute — Baltimore. To read a profile of SNAP! and OSI Fellow Brian Francoise go to http://audaciousideas.org