William Cleveland- April 19


William Cleveland, a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America’s Community and Social Institutions, Making Exact Change, and Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. Activist, teacher, lecturer, and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art & Community.

In Collaboration with:

The Art and Community Series

School of Performing Arts


Amy Goldstein- February 19

Washington DCAward-winning Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein spent years getting to know Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in 2008, in the midst of the Great Recession. She wove the stories of the small city and its people together in Janesville: An American Story.
Goldstein will discuss her book and the lessons it offers about economic pain and community resilience at three Community Voices events on Monday, February 19.

Janesville: An American Story

Monday, February 19

Janesville Book Cover

  1. Lunch-time interactive roundtable discussion at 12 p.m, Room F of the Graduate Life Center (GLC). Snacks will be provided.
  2. Public interview session at 2 p.m, Room F of the GLC.
  3. Reflections on Janesville: An American Story, in Colonial Hall in Squires Student Center at 7 p.m.

Goldstein will be available to sign books after the event. All events are free and open to university students, faculty, staff and administrators, and to the general public.



Keryl McCord- February 15

Keryl McCord is President and CEO of Equity Quotient (EQ), a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming the arts through the lens of erasing racism to achieve cultural equity.  Ms. McCord founded EQ after more than thirty years in the arts with organizations such as Alternate ROOTS, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the African Grove Institute for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. McCord recently retired as Director of Operations from Alternate ROOTS.

With Baldwin at my Back: Artists and Grassroots Communities

Thursday, February 15, 2018



12:00-1:00 PM Roundtable Discussion

Graduate Life Center, Room B (Lunch Available at 11:45 for $5 at the door)

4:00-5:30 PM Presentation

Theatre 101, College Ave.

In Collaboration with:

The Art and Community Series

School of Performing Arts



CAROLYN ZELIKOW-  Associate Director of National Programs, The Aspen Institute; Founder of the Hometown Summit, TomTom Founders Festival.

BRAD STEPHENS- Director of the CoLab; Lead Planner of CityWorks (X)po in Roanoke, VA.

Carolyn and Brad will be exploring the dynamics of civic and business entrepreneurship and community change processes. For accessing the recordings of this event please click here.


Amy Brooks- October 30th

BrooksHeadshotLgAmy Brooks is the Program Director and Dramaturg for Roadside Theater, the theater wing of Appalachian grassroots arts and media center Appalshop.  A 5th-generation West Virginian who returned to Appalachia just before the 2016 election cycle, Amy investigates the confluence of dramatic narrative (“What is the story we choose to tell onstage?”) and public narrative (“What is the story we are called upon to tell about ourselves, our community, and our future?”) in intercultural rural-urban performance.

For the recordings of this event please click here.

IPG Announces the “Community Change Collaborative (CCC)”

The Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) is restructuring its existing Community Voices, Trustees Without Borders, Community Change Journal and community-based research programs into one overarching initiative, which will now be called the Community Change Collaborative (CCC – does this acronym ring a bell?).  While still an evolving concept, the CCC aims to unite theory and praxis through projects, research, education and forums focused on community engagement, change and development issues.

The Institute’s participation in the Vibrant Virginia initiative is closely aligned with its choice to rethink the organization of its community change efforts. Vibrant Virginia is a “a unique partnership between Virginia Tech’s Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the College Access Collaborative, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), and the Policy Strategic Growth Area (SGA)” aimed at connecting Virginia Tech researchers and development practitioners serving the Commonwealth (https://econdev.vt.edu/vibrantvirginia.html).  The initiative highlights applied research, policy analysis, and community engagement projects.

Along with the Community Voices speaker series, the Trustees Without Borders podcasts, and the graduate student-managed Community Change Journal, the CCC will host a bi-monthly forum featuring the work and methods of a range of faculty and practitioners focused on community change.  In addition, the CCC will focus on:

  • tailoring research, facilitation, and workshops for community development efforts in partnering Virginia towns;
  • conducting ethnographic field tours exploring ways of knowing places within Virginia and neighboring states; and
  • sharing and reflecting on those experiences to inform future research, community projects, and the development of relevant interdisciplinary curricula.

The CCC will hold planning meetings monthly during the coming academic year; interested graduate students and faculty from any discipline are invited to collaborate on community development projects in Virginia, to explore theories, methods and approaches to community change, and to share lessons learned from past programs and experiences.  For more information, please contact IPG Director, Dr. Max Stephenson, mstephen@vt.edu.