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Sun, Aug, 6, '17, was the CAC's Board of Directors Gathering at peacePlace.

The poem "HOPE" by peacePlace Poet Laureate Holly Parsons was read to set intentions for the session attended by passionate individuals... This was also a day of honoring our two new members Keith and Mitra who both artistically described who they are in this life as they engaged all of us in presentations of music and the visual arts. Mike and Meesh were guests who embrace the CAC's work at "Unexpected Art Gallery" by connecting street artists during Taco Tuesdays' celebrations of Visual Arts from Community; participants expressing themselves through their stories in the "Yard" at this gallery compound! Muslimah, Dianne and Melanie are spokespersons documenting the combined work of so many persons over the years, creating this multi disciplinary arts/symbolic messaging in classrooms and community sites - voicing the power of all the arts to bring human and leadership skill sets to participants as tools of advocacy concerning our human rights. We also acknowledged gratitude for Zarco and Carmen Guerrero both having mentored us in so many ways over the years: following their direction, meeting the needs of a diverse, cultural population. What a gift to all of us.

Cultural Arts Coalition Agenda: Board of Directors Meeting AUG. 6, '17, 2-4 PM

Hello and Welcome to All... each introduced self...In attendance Melanie Ohm, Judy Butzine, Dianne Anderson-Nickel, Muslimah Hameed, Mitra Kamali, Keith Johnson, guests Michael Butzine and Michelle Meyer

Poem Hope by Holly Parsons, peacePlace Poet Laureate

Introduction of New Board Members: Keith Johnson and Mitra Kamali

Melanie explains the six "C"s of CAC Planning, Programming and Assessment

Melanie reviewed for everyone how we utilize this methodology to plan; put into action and assess CAC programming...Sequential, Developmental steps over a period of time:

1. Participants sit in the "Circle of Power" and share a theme for discussion. This is a democratic process, no one individual holds more power than another.

2. The theme is critically discussed and researched to provide additional information on the topic or subject of current social, political, environmental or cultural interest.

Mitra Kamali explained her RESPECT of Iranian women poets who have inspired not only her, but many concerning equal rights and personal empowerment. "Mimi" is a petroleum engineer.

3. The discussion continues focusing on all participants' reflective perspectives concerning the topic or social, environmental challenge; sharing one's points of view through a process of respect, restraint and responsible civil dialogue.

4. Everyone in the space is now asked to be creative and express their understanding of the current subject in a meaningful and innovative manner. At this Gathering, Keith Johnson explained how he was going to have us all create the sounds of a rain forest. He provided the myriad of instruments and each of us played a Harmonic Symphony of Mother Nature's Sounds and Rhythms.

Keith provides the rainforest mood. Muslimah twists and turns the rain stick to hear the down pour, watering the earth. Mitra stirs the crickets to sing. Michael breathes the sounds of wind to feel the movement of the trees; and Meesh awakes the thunder to roar and tingle our spines...WHAT MAGIC throughout peacePlace!

5. All of these symbolic metaphors from multiple arts disciplines challenge us to engage in a WHOLE PERSON response: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually.. ENRICHING OUR LIVES!

Since ancient human history, people have had a need to represent their beliefs, values and emotions in physical, artistic forms taking the shape of symbols, symbolic objects and performance. These metaphors can be more powerful than language as a means of communication. (CAC) Core value http://artsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml

6. Throughout the day the Honoring and Respect provided one another in gratitude and compassion was not only stated, but felt. The CAC is a coalition; there is no membership and no dues is required. The participation is a shared, heartfelt process whereby the core values of the coalition have been created and embraced as a group.

In Practice: The Cultural Arts Coalition builds upon individual and community capacities and resources through core values and guiding principles of practice (http://artsCARE.org/cac3.text.shtml). Coalition work is collaborative, egalitarian, relationship-oriented and celebrative. Through educational programming the Cultural Arts Coalition provides safe spaces for reflective thinking, dialogue, and action (utilizing the arts as symbolism and metaphor) to explore universal human themes. Experiences are focused on personal growth as well as community action, toward an enhanced quality of life for all.

Artworks on wall: First Family by Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. & Purity of Motherhood by Mitra Kamali

Last Year's work & Comments: quick overview of received and outstanding grants by Judy & Melanie...(One such grant handout provided) Comments from anyone else...

Final comments and any questions????

We Thanked all for being present to continue this work of the CAC since 2005


The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.

Photo Narrative by judy butzine, MSW, Director of the CAC