Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Regina Martinez

St. Louis, Missouri

Regina Martinez

Regina Martinez is interested in the infinite possibilities created by open doors and neutral space. She is connecting with the potential of neighborliness, storytelling and skill sharing – the building of collective efficacy stimulated by arts-based initiatives that are designed collaboratively. She is currently working with Rebuild Foundation as coordinator in residence at the The Salerno House. The House, currently named for its place on Salerno Drive in Pagedale, MO, is a space in conversation with its neighborhood. Rebuild was initially invited to connect with The House and its neighbors in the summer of 2011 by Beyond Housing, a locally based organization working cooperatively with residents to network services determined to strengthen communities. Onward from that invitation, Rebuild Foundation is listening, supporting bridges that connect local creativity and culture with visiting energy, and exploring the value of the House in dialogue with the community. The House is being anchored in partnership with local residents and other organizations and stakeholders as a platform for unique community-driven projects and gatherings.

Martinez received her MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She has background experience in photojournalism and is a 2011 Community Arts Training Institute graduate. Martinez is also a board member for the Yeyo Arts collective, a group of artists cultivating arts and cultural experiences in St. Louis, as well as sharing in the foundation of a non-profit community arts space called Gya.



Rebuild Foundation and Arts-Based Community Development

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 2:45 pm
Lower Level : Room B

This is an examination of the work of Rebuild Foundation as a regional, midwest-based arts organization that is invested in transforming under-resourced communities through arts and culture. A brief overview of projects in Chicago and Omaha will be presented before looking more closely at their projects and programs in Hyde Park and Pagedale, Saint Louis.  Two community stakeholders and collaborators, Tabatha Pate from the Pagedale neighborhood and Donna Lindsay from the Hyde Park area will also be part of this discussion.


Inquiry and Research in Arts-Based Community Development 1

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 10:30 am
Lower Level : Room D

This session is a series of inquiries briefly presented by fellows in an arts-based community development training. Each was asked to create a 10 minute presentation about their research.

MARGIE P. HOLLINS: How can theater cross barriers to raise breast cancer awareness among young African-American women who may not know that they are at risk?: African American women are among the smaller population for breast cancer, but have the highest fatality rate. How can cultural-specific messages in theater provide motivation for behavior change, and inspire Action?

BETH DROUANT: Advocacy, Self Reflection, and Disability: How can polarized communities use art to create a stronger interrelation with pride and visibility?  How do we bridge the gap between Deaf and deaf, speaking and signing, disabilities and abilities?

ED REGGI: Stories, Screens and Value: How do stories shape our self identity? How does storytelling form our subconscious and how do we relate incidents in our life to stories that we have read or watched? How do stories allow participants to experience different worlds altogether. Throughout time, real life and fictional stories have enlightened tribes, societies and entire cultures. How has the experience changed with the intersection of digital and storytelling?

RENEE FRANKLIN:Redefining Museum Community Engagement: Museums benefit from public privileges and have the public responsibility to be accessible to everyone. Many mainstream museums “claim” to be developing strategies to attract new visitors and deepen their community engagement. Are they making the institutional commitment to achieve and sustain this goal?

LISA HARPER CHANG: Social Work Practices in Art Museums: How do museums become good members of the community? Can social work ethics and practices enhance the art museum’s role in building stronger, more inclusive communities? What are the benefits and challenges of this approach?

REGINA MARTINEZ:The Salerno House Chapter 1: Keys Open Doors: Unlocking our understanding of how to sustain community built on art and relationships. Presenting with Tabatha Pate.

LOIS INGRUM: The Doll Project: Can The Doll Project create understanding and learning about the need for public mourning, healing, and closure as a reaction to violent deaths in our communities?

The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission created a one year pilot training program that further builds on the the CAT Institute’s cross-sector training in arts-based community development. The Institute’s Graduate Education and Research Program –  referred to by the fellows and faculty as TIGER – is an expansion of the Institute’s training with an inquiry-based curriculum for artists and for community/social service practitioners to examine and go deeper into their arts-based work.

TIGER Fellows are CAT Institute graduates and experienced practitioners who have indicated they are ready to expand their scope of practice and become more assertive in their approach to significant community challenges to create positive social change. TIGER aims to produce graduates who will apply arts-based tools and strategies to specific issues and have a more honed, intentional focus for effecting change. The TIGER Fellows are tasked to engage in meaningful research in an area of inquiry of their own choosing with the intention of deepening their individual effectiveness and influencing the field of arts-based community development.

TIGER is underwritten by RAC and the Kresge Foundation.  TIGER Faculty: Kathryn Bentley, William Cleveland, Elizabeth Goebl-Parker, Jane Ellen Ibur and Roseann Weiss (Director).