HOW IT WORKS

WE BELIEVE THAT CULTURES OF CREATIVITY & COLLABORATION ATTRACT AND SUPPORT RESIDENTS WHO SEE—AND ACT ON—WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

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WE START BY MAKING CREATIVITY VISIBLE IN AND ESSENTIAL TO OUR COMMUNITY IDENTITY. THROUGH CREATIVE PLACEMAKING SPECIFICALLY THROUGH PUBLIC ART AND ARTS & CULTURE EXPERIENCES, WE HIGHLIGHT THE STORIES OF OUR CREATIVE CLASS, BRANDING PORTAGE COUNTY RESIDENTS AS CREATIVE PEOPLE.

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WHEN PEOPLE SEE CREATIVITY AS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR COMMUNITY IDENTITY, THEY IMAGINE WHAT THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE. THIS REQUIRES AN ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM THAT FOSTERS THE COLLABORATION PEOPLE LOOK FOR TO FEEL SUPPORTED AND VALUED IN THEIR CREATIVE VENTURES.

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SUPPORTED CREATIVE PEOPLE SUCCEED AND THAT SUCCESS IS EMPOWERING. BY TEACHING AND FACILITATING DESIGN THINKING, WE SHIFT THE DIRECTION OF IMPACT, HELPING PORTAGE COUNTY RESIDENTS FIND THE AGENCY TO TACKLE LONG-STANDING COMMUNITY CHALLENGES. WE BELIEVE OUR IDEAS CAN AND SHOULD INFORM THE GREATER WORLD AROUND US.

 

OUR ORIGINS

MAKING CREATIVITY CENTRAL


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