Today I have a chance to catch up with Michael Rohd, the Founder and Director of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. Michael's been building the Center, and its Catalyst Program, as a means of deepening his decades-long commitment to the role of art in civic transformation. I asked him to share some of the early findings from the Catalyst pilot, as well as to walk us through the language of this field. Close followers of my work know that I am always trying to understand the meaning of the words we use, and to acknowledge the ambiguity where precise definitions are not possible or helpful. Michael's got great clarity about how he's applying these terms in his work, and gives us specific examples from the field of practice to illustrate them. It's always a treat to talk with Michael, as he's a big thinker who speaks in concrete ways that make his big ideas accessible as well as inspirational. Give a listen. You'll see what I mean.
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