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Catch the fire : an art-full guide to unleashing the creative power of youth, adults and communities

Author: Peggy Taylor; Charlie Murphy
Publisher: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2014] ©2014
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The key to facilitating vibrant, deep, and motivating programs for youth and adults.
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Additional Physical Format: Taylor, Peggy, 1946-
Catch the fire.:
Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, [2013] ♭2014
(CaOONL)20139061584
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peggy Taylor; Charlie Murphy
ISBN: 9781550925500 1550925504
OCLC Number: 1006712812
Awards: Winner of Nautilus Award (Creative Process) 2014
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Catch the FireAwakening the Creative Power of Youth, Adults, and CommunitiesBy Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy, Co-Founders of Partners for Youth EmpowermentAnnotated Table of ContentsIntroductionWhy we devote ourselves to this work and what readers will gain from the book. PART 1: CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUEChapter 1: Creativity and the Waters of Life Lays out the need for and value of arts empowerment-based facilitation. Chapter 2: Putting it into Action: A Model for ChangeIntroduces the Creative Community Model and shows how it guides group leaders in bringing out the creativity of individuals and groups. Provides the inner architecture of powerful learning events and talks about how to fully activate everyone's participation from staff to volunteers to participants. Chapter 3: Bringing the Spark to Surprising Places Provides examples of ways to apply the Creative Community Model principles and practices in a wide range of venues from classrooms to conferences to parties. PART 2: THE 6 ELEMENTS OF POWERFUL PROGRAMSChapter 4: Strong Beginnings: Building the CommunityPresents a fail-safe 12-step process for setting your program up for success. Combines rationale, facilitation strategies, and activities for building a strong, connected, learning community. Chapter 5: Whole Group Sessions: Bringing Learning Alive Shows how to use metaphor, creative expression, group dynamics, and performance to address a range of themes including relationship to self, to others, to nature and to the community. Includes over 15 outlines of powerful one-hour teaching sessions. Chapter 6: Reflection: Learning from the Inside OutExplores ways to transform reflection from a prescribed activity to a meaningful, exciting learning process. Includes strategies for leading high-impact group discussions; small-group processes that encourage reflection; and activities based on creative writing, visual arts, poetry, theater improvisation and more. Chapter 7: Community Arts Happenings: Becoming Creators of CultureShows how to design and facilitate high-spirited community-building events centered around visual arts, theatre games, music and dance, or the multi-arts. These "make your own entertainment" events build strong bonds across generations and cultures and empower everyone to take their creativity out of the box. They can be used as stand-alone community gatherings or as evening events in longer programs. Chapter 8: Conscious Closings: Optimizing the LearningProvides ways to insure that programs and trainings hold their impact over time. How to prepare a group for reentry to the home environment; ways to share their experience; how to put what they've learned into practice; and how to hold memorable closing celebrations that provide emotional closure. Chapter 9: Powerful Performances: Bringing it to the World Shows how to structure improvisational performances and social media content that give youth and adults opportunities to be heard on issues they care about by the community at large. The effects are empowering for the actors and media producers and riveting for the community. PART 3: CREATIVE FACILITATOR'S TOOLBOXEach of the chapters in this section explores a specific arts modality, providing a rationale for its value, strategies for facilitation, and numerous easy-to-lead activities.Chapter 10: Creating with Color Demonstrates ways to use visual arts and crafts to support personal and group empowerment, team building, and future visioning. How to set up an art barn. Chapter 11: Everyone a Poet Shows how to help people find their voice through metaphor, creative writing and poetry with activities to use in groups. Chapter 12: Theater for Life Explores ways to use theater games and improvisation to expand the imagination, develop confidence for public speaking, and building teams. Chapter 13: Telling Our StoriesDemonstrates how we find meaning through telling our life stories. Provides a series of formats for deep storytelling that lead to personal and community renewal. These tried-and-true techniques have proven effective in countries on 5 continents. Chapter 14: Join the Chorus Demonstrates how to get any group singing in four part harmony. Chapter 15: Metaphor and Image How to use metaphor and image as tools for activating the right brain & enlivening learning.PART 4: AND DON'T FORGET THIS...In this final section we provide facilitation tips and tools to help leaders use what they learn in the book.Chapter 16: Tips for Creative FacilitationProvides tips on how to best work with a group to put this all in action. Includes themes such as using intention to keep on track, knowing your role as a facilitator, and risk management. Chapter 17: Cross-Cultural CompetenceExplores what's required to work with people from cultures different than your own. This chapter delves into ways to bring social justice and cross-cultural understanding into your work. Chapter 18: Working with Multiple GenerationsThings you need to keep in mind when working with youth and adults together. Ways to keep adults engaged and aware of the needs of youth. Chapter 19: Strength-Based FacilitationProvides communication, listening, and awareness techniques that empower participants and the group as a whole to rise to its highest potential.
Responsibility: Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy, cofounders of PYE: Partners for Youth Empowerment.

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