Fostering creativity and innovation

photo: teen working in his studio as part of community arts project

Community Development Academy participants reported increased interactions among diverse groups and community partners, enhanced the quality of networks, and successful development efforts that have leveraged an estimated $1,928,431. More than 1,000 people have participated in CDA.Participants reported increased interactions among diverse groups and community partners, enhanced the quality of networks, and successful development efforts that have leveraged an estimated $1,928,431. More than 1,000 people have participated in CDA.


“To see someone who was idle doing some activities that is generating an income [is a valuable result]. The CDA participation has helped me to empower our community.”

“Through increased partnerships I have been able to leverage an invaluable amount of in-kind resources.”


Workshops and consultations led to formation of 31 new nonprofit organizations that will leverage public and private resources in their communities to create youth camps and development programs, promote literacy, support military families, provide support to communities during an emergency and generate support for single mothers who are going to college.

The MU Community Arts Program successfully engaged faculty from the arts departments with MU Extension to launch this new program. Camdenton hosted the first program — an interactive theatrical production of Dialogues about Breast Cancer produced by the MU Theatre Department and hosted by MU Extension and the Lake Regional Cancer Center. Six central Missouri communities have actively engaged in Creativity and Community Engagement Workshops with MU arts faculty and extension — exploring and planning for use of the arts to enhance community building, spark innovation and create new economic opportunity. Lexington has been chosen as the first pilot community for in-depth arts engagement.

3/29/2013