COMMUNITY COLLABORATION & ENGAGEMENT

Theatre & Arts-based Community Movement 

 

“The process of community development can be seen as the ultimate act of public creativity.”

Lisa Jo Epstein, Ph.D. Executive & Artistic Director, Just Act

Community Engagement

Just Act activates a local community’s assets and hopes by working with diverse groups, creatively facilitating collaboration and communication among them to collectively generate transformative solutions. The result is the development of public spaces that promote people’s health, well-being, and supporting leadership capacity that aligns with their core values.

Community Planning

Just Act’s commitment to social justice honors the importance of identifying all forms of social oppression (personal, systemic and societal). We recognize that experiences of prejudice and discrimination are a social reality for many marginalized groups. Whether covert or overt, intentional or unintentional, these experiences create real barriers that may limit access and opportunities in local communities, as well as prevent the active participation of every community member.

Via invitations of community development corporations and civic/neighborhood leaders, this programming is characterized by a place-based, resident- driven process that facilitates building connections across diverse residents to grow resident power to affect community change.

This process is guided by our expertise in story circles, resident-driven story analysis, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Just Act’s unique performance “gift-back” technique highlighting residents’ ideas and voices.

Please join us in this exciting, place-based creative process to grow resident power and create change! Email us today if you’d like to collaborate with us! info@justact.org

Community Planning

Resident-Driven Place-Keeping

What we provide:

Our theatre, arts and asset-based community collaboration is situated in the national field of arts organizations committed to creative place-keeping as form of urban restoration, both physical and psychic. With decades of professional and community-based theatre experience, Just Act purposefully directs our multi-dimensional expertise  into being a catalyst for, and animator of cross-sector groups to activate their own creativity for making change.

Collaborations start with conversations with our partners, then we strategically-design supportive, motivational gatherings for brave and meaningful public conversations to overcome social and civic fragmentation, shifting ways of interacting and thinking about renewing personal and community vitality as well as activism. We bring people together

Just Act’s engagement process is an art product. It is a public, art-powered process for bridge-building between the way residents emotionally experience where they live, and how developers and city stakeholders reflect on a neighborhood’s status. 

Putting the human heart into an equity-centered toolkit for planning and place keeping.

Just Act’s Arts and Asset-based Community Engagement

Putting the human heart back into the toolkit of community planning and place-based EQUITABLE development

Just Act’s Methods for Community Collaboration & Engagement

  • Community Action Teams
  • Community Connector Network & Asset Mapping
  • J.E.D.I. Training Workshops (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Forum Theatre Events created & performed by community groups
  • Story Circles & Story Interviews
  • Story Engagement Teams
  • Theatrical story “Gift-backs”
  • Word Plants & Vision Trees
Cultural Asset Mapping
City planning that ensures cultural assets are honored. We are able to define and map community assets in such a way that their impact on the community is understood by community leaders and would be developers.

 

Community Development
We work collaboratively with and for your community for any planning process to create equity.
Corridor Planning
Corridor planning can invigorate neighborhoods and communities when community members share in strategy. Using Theatre Arts based techniques we get to the core of what a community really needs AND wants.

TAKE ACTION, ENGAGE with us! 

  • Become a Community Partner: Invite us to collaborate
  • Volunteer!
  • Become an individual donor: make tax deductible donation HERE
  • Sponsor scholarships for community members to take Applied Theatre workshops
  • Join our Board

Email: Info@justact.org

“The space we’ve created in the Art Powered Places process with Just Act has allowed people to reveal their earnest observations of the neighborhood and its people and has given us more deeply relevant knowledge of the challenges we face as we work to grow wellness in our communities. ”

Stasia Monteiro

NAC Coordinator, HACE

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & FORUM THEATRE EVENTS

Just Act's Annual Forum Theatre Intensive

June 26- 30, 2019

Click Here for Workshop Details

Click Here to Register

DATES: June 26- 30, 2019
TIME: 9am-5pm
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $485  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after May 10)
$485 Full amount

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  May 10, 2019 

Just Act's Forum Theatre Training is geared towards individuals seeking facilitation skills and training in Forum Theatre & core Theatre of The Oppressed techniques to improve their ability to effectively engage justice, equity, diversity & inclusion issues, and using interactive theatre as a tool for social change, interpersonal and community repair, from activist and organizers to educators, social workers and facilitators of all kinds. 

Just Act T.O. Institute ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 1
ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 1:
Sequencing & Facilitating TO games-ercises within an anti-oppression framework
DATES: July 19-21, 9am-5pm             
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $285  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)
REGISTRATION OPTIONS for Advanced Joker Training 1: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after May 26)
$285 Full amount
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 26, 2019 

 

Just Act T.O. Institute ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 2

ADVANCED JOKER TRAINING 2:
In-depth Forum Theatre Joker Training, from guiding a devising process for participants' personal growth & development of Forum Theatre pieces, to facilitation practice & coaching

DATES: August 2-4, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Just Act Studio, 6139 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $285  (limited financial aid based on need available. Email us to learn more)

REGISTRATION OPTIONS for Advance Joker Training 2: 
$50 registration fee (non-refundable after June 26)
$285 Full amount for either Joker Training 1 or 2
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 26, 2019

$520 SPECIAL DISCOUNT if you want to take both Joker Trainings

To register, Click below!

Just Act Go Vote 2.0 Forum Theatre Tour

JUST ACT, GO VOTE 2.0, A Forum Theatre Voter Education Campaign

Want to transform cynicism, discouragement & despair into creative forward-thinking action? Then host a Just Act, Go Vote event or residency!

What is Just Act Go Vote 2.0?
It is a  non-partisan voter education campaign using interactive Forum Theatre to raise awareness about why many people don’t vote, create space to practice new strategies for engaging in difficult conflicts with people who don’t consider voting as vital to keeping democracy alive. AND, we will register new voters and help them make a plan for voting.

Voting is an urgent civic and personal issue. Choosing to vote or not vote is more than just a personal preference. For residents who aren’t deeply involved in community activism, how our government functions and why voting matters are abstract, complex concepts. Knowledge from high school civics classes, if one even had them, are but a vague notion from the past.

The result is that the impact of not voting and the decimation of citizen power doesn’t consciously register in our minds.

Traditional ‘Get out the Vote’ campaigns are all about facts, figures and reaching as many people as possible through door knocking, flyering (real and virtual), and phone/text banking. Such approaches do little to amplify residents’ experiences with disenfranchisement by the system of voting, and how the government—local or national—is impacting their lives.

Just Act, Go Vote makes voting relevant and compelling in the present moment.

What will Just Act, Go Vote do:

  • Bring generalized concepts of government to the intimate scale of everyday life.
  • Engage, educate and motivate residents to vote.
  • Increase citizen participation in voting.
  • Inspire collective demand for racial, economic & political equity.
  • Cultivate and revive interest in voting across generations.

Just Act, Go Vote 2.0 will be a second iteration of the original Forum Theatre tour that Just Act created in the fall of 2018 to grow voter awareness amongst young people and register new voters. 

We have witnessed how Just Act, Go Vote grows the number of people who feel compelled to vote because they now understand their relationship to voting.

While voting and candidate information might be publically shared, the data and analysis around voting is not effective in propelling people to the polls. 

By increasing knowledge and understanding of how government systems work,  we can increase citizen participation in voting and inspire collective demand for racial, economic, and political equity.

What is Forum Theatre?

Forum Theatre is a structured interactive theatrical improvisation based directly on a group’s own stories of conflict. Audience members are called “Spect-Actors” and are given the responsibility of acting on injustices that they see in the characters’ relationships. To do so, they are invited to jump into the improvisation, and try out different strategies to productively tackle the conflicts in play. Forum Theatre enables participants to theatrically reflect on their social position and debate concrete actions that each person can take outside of the performance itself when they find themselves in similar conflicts.. In doing so, the Forum offers a rehearsal for reality, renewing and deepening our capacity to stand up more effectively for justice on personal and inter-group levels.

“My commitment to supporting local businesses was deepened as I envisioned, with neighbors, the potential of the business district and what we would want to see on Germantown Avenue.”

Germantown Heart & Soul

Germantown Resident

“This is Germantown Heart & Soul put a human side to commercial and community development. It was engaging and made it personal and meaningful to me because part of it was about me, about us!”

Germantown Heart & Soul

Germantown Resident

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