Launch of the bilingual creative economic development program | KWKT

WACO, Texas – Waco becomes the first community in Texas to initiate an arts, culture and economic development program.

Creative Waco and the AIR Institute select and train local animators to support Waco, medium and rural communities across Texas interested in developing their local creative economies.

Creative Waco is expected to receive a multi-year grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to become the Texas launch pad for the nationally recognized AIR Institute. For three years, Creative Waco will use the AIR methodology to help creatives develop their business skills and to help business people become more creative. The Waco program will also be the first in the country to pilot the program in a bilingual manner.

AIR’s approach believes that the diversity of people, opinions and experiences at decision-making tables strengthens communities and economies by fostering self-determination, trust, cultural equity and creativity. The program combines design, thinking and the creative process. Its success has been remarkable in other communities, with participants enjoying improved networks, productivity and morale – and 87% of program participants reported an increase in income.

Creative Waco is looking for selected participants and facilitators from across the community.

Applications are open until February 2022 for a maximum of twelve facilitator positions. Full training will be available free of charge through the grant. Virtual and in-person information sessions and workshops will take place in January and February 2022. Creative Waco will hire a full-time, bilingual staff member to lead this program. They will accept applications in January 2022.

There will be an in-person briefing open to the public on January 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the annual CenTex Hispanic Chamber luncheon, a Zoom briefing on January 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. , and a full Art Builds Business Builds Art Workshop (ABBA) on February 2 at the Art Center of Waco from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Those interested in becoming facilitators are invited to participate in an ABBBA information session and training on February 2.

For more information you can visit Creative Waco’s website.

Source: Creative Waco