Community Engagement

burton suzanneSuzanne L. Burton, University of Delaware
Chair, Committee on Community Engagement

Goals and Discussion from 2011 CMS Conference Community Engagement Committee meeting in Richmond, Virginia:

A. PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR

A 4-hour seminar to be held at the San Diego CMS conference in 2012 was proposed to the CMS professional development committee. In the proposal, presenters were to address four overarching questions with respondents who would synthesize this information and lead discussion during the final 45 minutes. Presenters would provide resources for all participants to familiarize him/herself with the questions to be addressed.

Our plan of action was:
1. Present four overarching questions. Roughly one question per 45 minutes.
2. Potential presenters will be suggested by the committee; there may be more than one presenter per question.
3. Respondents (also suggested by the committee) will close the session with discussion that synthesizes the presentations while bringing to light issues, ideas, and ways to move forward. 
4. Check into the viability of the pre-conference on a) the day before the conference, or b) in the morning, before the main conference begins. Hold in a community/artistic venue?
5. Suggestions for the nature of questions: a) navigating P & T and engagement, b) how to tie the pedagogy of CE into courses, c) assessment of CE activities, d) engaging with businesses, e) learn more about community arts/community cultural arts engagement, f) debrief the sustainability of CE, g) share multiple perspectives: community college, university, conservatory, and community entities, h) dealing with diminished resources, i) leading the way on issues facing music

6. Andy Furco as speaker or facilitator? 
7. Are there any San Diego locals that may be contacted? 

B. YOUTUBE and WEBEX INITIATIVES

1. Create short (5 to 7 minutes) YouTube videos relating to CE. The first inception might be with these persons: 

Community Arts--Lee Higgins
Community Cultural Arts--James Day
The Scholarship of Community Engagement--Cynthia Taggart
Community Engagement in Practice--Keitha Lucas Hamann, Donna Emmanuel, EJ Choe

2. Beta test the Webex format, perhaps based on the questions proposed for the 2011 Imagining America conference. 

C. PROMOTE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE SOCIETY

1. Community Engagement committee members become involved at the regional level. Give presentations, share knowledge. 

2. Community Engagement committee members propose CE events to be taken out into the San Diego area.

D. OTHER ITEMS

Suzanne Burton will continue to collect "snapshots" of engagement activities to put in the Report to the Members.

E. IMAGING AMERICA CONFERENCE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012: NEW YORK CITY, NY

The College Music Society was represented at the Imagining America Conference, with a panel session entitled Engaged Music. This session was led by Kristin Wendland, with co-presenters Katie Carlisle, Keitha Hamann, Cynthia Taggart, and presenters in absentia, Suzanne Burton, Tayloe Harding, and David Williams. Short presentations on community engagement projects with a focus on the goals of community engagement, theory and practice, and partnership issues were given. The session was opened for discussion among audience members and presenters. Pathways to “engaged music” evolved from the open discussion, each having the capacity for involvement from every sector of the Society.

Four pathways of “engaged music,” their different underlying purposes and subsequent disciplinary areas were identified:

1. Teaching, learning, and doing of music

2. Empowering a community for transformation; building on the assets of a community for social change

3. Entrepreneurship – outcome for the creator of the system; curricular building

4. Academic Learning – outcome for the student engaged in the project

RECOMMENDATIONS:
Build a session proposal around these four pathways and include musicians, composers, and scholars as presenters
Have IA information out and available at the CMS meeting in San Diego in November so we can talk to other CMS members about the work and mission of IA.
Syracuse IA meeting in 2013: have a musical presence-- make music!
Invite an IA person participate in a CMS meeting.

F. MONETARY AWARDS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/PROJECTS

A total of nine proposals were submitted for the Seed Grant, Gunstream Award, and Yamaha Grant awards.

Concern was raised about the visibility of the award process, recognition of awardees, and how to increase the pool of applicants. Mary Anne Rees (CMS Fund Executive Director) explained that this process was undergoing revision with The CMS Fund Board proactively working to encourage more submissions. One board member will oversee one award to ensure “proper reporting.” The awards are to be presented at a time when more attendees are present at the conference.