ValleyCreates Community-engaged Artist Training

Are you an artist interested in doing community-engaged art?

Do you see yourself using your art to be a change-agent, addressing important social issues in your community?


General Information

CFWM is hosting a workshop in partnership with Assets for Artists on January 23 and 24, 2020 to promote community-engaged art for the three counties of the Valley – Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin.

  • The workshop will be held during Jan. 23 and 24, 2020 (snow dates will be Jan. 30 and 31) from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. The workshop will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA 
  • Presenters Yara Liceaga-Rojas + Shey Rivera, working multi-genre artists.
  • An application is required for consideration. Participation for selected artists is free.
  • Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. An applicant must do art for, or that engages with, any of the communities in Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin counties.
  • Participants will be eligible for funding for a creative project that is tailored to successfully collaborate in a community setting.


Orientation of Workshop

The workshop is intended to help participants understand how to integrate the following concepts into their art.

1. Self-Awareness: Through reflective, individual and group exercises, make an account of the intersections and privileges that are specific to the group of artists taking the workshop.

  • What is the intention behind your artistic practice?
  • What lens or intersections of identity and viewpoints to you bring to the work?
  • What privileges do you hold?
  • How can you leverage your experience to build equity?

2. Community-Engagement and Collective Co-Creation: Know your community/the community you want to work with and how to work together.Who are you working with?

  • What are the systemic issues that impact this community? What is the history of the community and place?
  • How does your own lens, intersection, experience correlate with this community’s history?
  • How will people be engaged or participate?
  • What will this experience contribute to this community? Did community members identify this as something they want/need?
  • What capacities and skills will be developed alongside the participants?

3. Design Justice: Design justice rethinks design processes, and centers people who are normally excluded from and often marginalized or oppressed. Design Justice centers the voices of the people most affected by systems and design and uses collaborative, creative practices to address the deepest challenges our communities face.

  • How can my community art-making practice be accountable to communities that are most impacted by systems of oppression?
  • How do I build equitable ways of participating and co-creating?
  • How does/can my creative practice contribute toward dismantling systems of oppression?


Apply Now:

We are seeking balance in representation and participation that best engages the diversity of our region. Preference will be given to artists of color, artists based in rural areas or artists who are otherwise under-represented.  Decisions regarding participation will be made with the goal of creating a balanced, inclusive, and representative group of individuals.


If  you have questions, please contact Nicole Bourdon at or 413-732-2858 x119