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Civic Practice & Creative Placemaking - A 3-Day CPCP Institute
The Goodman Theatre
Chicago, IL
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Civic Practice & Creative Placemaking - A 3-Day CPCP Institute
Building capacity for arts-based community led transformation

DETAILS: 9AM-4:30PM June 22-24, 2018
LOCATION: The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education & Engagement,
Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Limited openings - all availability is on a first come, first serve basis.


Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP) is a team of artists who advise, consult and collaborate across the US on projects often framed as Creative Placemaking/Arts and Community Development. We work with institutions and systems including city governments, community-based organizations, arts councils, universities, social service agencies and Parks departments as well as individual artists and arts organizations. Through our work with these entities and relationships with groups like ArtPlace and LISC,  we frequently provide technical assistance to cross sector teams in communities who are developing their own capacity for integrating arts, culture and design into projects with public good goals. We are excited to now be offering this sort of capacity-building through this CPCP Summer Institute. Whether you work on the community/civic/municipal or artist side of community partnerships, if you are interested in building your capacity, join CPCP Director Michael Rohd alongside CPCP Managing Director Soneela Nankani for this three day workshop looking at:how to develop creative strategies focused on problem-solving, coalition building and inclusive visioning; how to build individual and/or organizational capacity for cross-sector partnerships; how to invite,listen and incorporate community voices by designing public engagement tactics and project decision-making with values of equity and justice at the core; how to build further local interest, awareness and capacity for this type of work.

Sojourn and CPCP work to support and increase the capacity of artists and community organizations to imagine and collaborate towards racially equitable and economically just communities. People of color and people from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities are especially encouraged to apply.

The CPCP Civic Practice & Creative Placemaking Institute is hosted by The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre as part of a multi year CPCP & Goodman Theatre partnership.

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Join us for our other 3-Day Institute of the summer, DEVISING THEATRE. June 18-20th, 2018.



Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State Universitys Herberger Institute for Design & Art, is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. Recent/Current projects include leading a two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; collaborations with Steppenwolf Theater, Bush Foundation, Lincoln Center, Singapore Drama Educators Association and Americans for the Arts; and, working with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn's model performance/engagement process/production How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes.


Soneela Nankani is Managing Director for the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. In addition, she continues to serve as Managing Director of Sojourn Theatre as she did for two years prior to helping found CPCP. She brings many years of experience in the fields of economics, finance and urban health policy to her role at CPCP, most notably her experience designing, writing and administering grants for arts-based health programs at the Center for Urban Health Policy and Research. Soneela has worked nationally as a community dialogue facilitator, teaching artist and co-creator/performer in capacity-building and place-based projects beginning in 1992 with Michael Rohds Hope Is Vital in Washington DC. She is an actor and ensemble member with Sojourn Theatre. Sojourn projects include: Passing Glances, Seven Great Loves, Witness Our Schools, Islands of Milwaukee and Sojourns Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities. Additionally, Soneela is an accomplished actor, writer, singer and voiceover artist; having performed widely in New York and regional theater, television, film and commercials. Favorite projects include work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company and Tectonic Theater Project. She is a prolific audiobook narrator with over 50 titles to date.

Soneela was the recipient of Columbia Universitys Research Fellowship in Acting in 2006, which resulted in a year-long apprenticeship with Columbias Head of the Acting and voice pioneer, Kristin Linklater. She holds a Bachelors in Economics and Theatre from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University. Soneela lives in Brooklyn, NY.


The Goodman Theatre (View)
170 N. Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60601
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 18
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