Art of Invitation: an Introduction to Creative Approaches to Community Engagement

How can we bring people together across difference to actively engage with challenges facing our communities? What are the real issues that concern people and what are people’s visions for change? How can we ask questions creatively to activate meaningful exchange and dialogue? 

The Art of Invitation explores creative ways of engaging communities in the ecological, cultural, and social challenges of our time. The workshop offers new creative tools for change that can resource you and your projects, groups, communities, and organisations.

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  • Note: This is a full day workshop
  • Approaches to engaging people in creative, collective responses to systemic challenges facing their communities
  • Creative processes and activities that can activate and inspire participation
  • Creative ways to bring about meaningful exchange and to explore what people care about
  • A participatory approach to facilitation, involving doing, making and reflecting, both individually and in groups
  • Creative approaches to bring groups of people together and maintain their involvement
  • Ways to reach and include more diverse groups of people
  • Fresh insights to resource your current projects or launch new ones
  • Inviting and creative ways to engage your community

Anyone looking for new creative ways to activate and engage diverse groups of people in responding to social, cultural and ecological challenges. People from a range of backgrounds will benefit - from social enterprises, community groups and co-operatives, to grassroots activists, artists and campaigners, as well as researchers, teachers, facilitators, academics, and management consultants.

Ruth Ben-Tovim has worked as a professional artist, facilitator and consultant for 30 years, using the transformational power of the arts to work creatively with thousands of people across different sectors. From 2003-2020 she was the co-founder and Exec Director of Encounters Arts specialising in community involvement, engagement and The Art of Invitation. As part of this work, I was part of the team representing the UK at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, delivered projects for Liverpool Capital of Culture and co-designed Town Anywhere a Large Scale visioning project with Transition Network. Ruth was active in Extinction Rebellion as a local and national coordinator and was one of the instigators of the Culture Declares Emergency movement. I have been involved in delivering The Art of Invitation at Schumacher college and for Stir to Action as well as nationally and internationally with a number of different organisations and communities.

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