Collaborative Arts @NEXUS4change 

 
 
 


Why use art-based collaborative processes and methods? Alongside the shared and participative experience, the art created [drawing, whiteboard animation, graphic recording, piece of music, theatrical sketch etc.] can often be used as an artifact for conversation, decoration, or even as a way of providing entertainment. 

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The Collaborative Arts

Collaborative:  Something being produced by two or more parties working together.  

Art:  The expression or application of creative skill or imagination to create work for beauty and emotional power from skill that is obtained by experience study and observation.

Collaboration + Arts = Change via The Collaborative Arts

The collaborative arts are art-based organizational development and change methods used to facilitate change with lasting impact. The collaborative arts are divided into six domains:  

Visual:  Creating a visual representation of dialogue that shows the conversations in words or images through paintings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs or videos. A visual artifact is created to represent the change.

Music:  Listening to or co-creating music to build a team, experience synergy, take the 'temperature' of a room; and to show what can happen when everyone is working together as one. Music can be arranged, composed, or performed collaboratively with or without instruments as a mode of representing the desired change and creating an experience of synergy through music. 

Theatre:  Acting or performing out organizational insights, issues, or problems through role playing or improvisation, where the acting out of the issues can spotlight them to show the impact on an organization. 

Tactile:  Creating art that has dimension to the and can be moved and viewed from all angles that is created to represent a change initiative, whether it being a prototype or outcome from an issue. 

Dance:  Creating movement of the body to music or a rhythm being created from the group that connects or provides dialogue around the change. 

Storytelling:  Creating an environment where a person can tell a story around a topic and provide insight to the listeners of the story. The stories told provide a common ground or connection point that brings everyone together.