To advocate and prepare for community engagement
ArtsEngaged provides the following services:

Community Engagement: Myths, Motivations, and Means

Community engagement holds much potential for invigorating arts organizations and supporting healthier communities. Unfortunately, there is much misunderstanding about what it is and what it is not. This facilitated conversation, designed for arts organizations’ internal stakeholders, will address the relevant issues and lay the groundwork for efforts to increase relevance to the community.

Engaging for Success

Geared toward artists, staff, and board members, this workshop makes the case for community engagement–the need and practical benefits. A good introduction to the arts and community engagement.

Engagement: Making It Real

ArtsEngaged's flagship offering, this consultancy provides opportunity to examine how community engagement can be incorporated into the fabric of what arts organizations already do,
recognizing the fact that resources do not exist to "do one more thing."

Artists and Community Engagement: New Thinking Yields New Options

This workshop examines the close connection between arts entrepreneurship and community engagement.

Preparing Artists for the Future: A Residency for Higher Education

Presentations for students and consultation with faculty on preparation for careers in the arts that understand the importance of community focus–
awareness, communication, and experience in the skills required to effectively interact with the public.

Specially designed presentations, workshops, and consultancies for individual arts organizations and institutions of higher education.

What they say:

Participant Comments:

  • More real information imparted than any other session! Don't know how it could be improved.
  • It caused me to look at things in a new way.
  • It made me rethink some of the programs my organization produces and why. 
  • [It] gave important perspective. It made me think differently about what we are doing and how we are doing it. Thanks for a great session.
  • This presentation . . .  addressed the concept of engagement in a pragmatic and accessible manner with concrete examples.
  • The concepts were well presented, clear, and offered some real insight into areas that are important to the vitality of our organization.
  • The concept of community engagement versus selling tickets is something that the presenting community (myself included) struggle with. The two do not necessarily go hand in hand, it’s about building relationships.
  • [The workshop] gave me a new perspective on the concept of community engagement as a responsibility of a presenter rather than an added bonus.
  • The Artistic Director, Audience Development officer and E.D. are discussing Doug’s concepts and how we can position our organization to be more engaged with the communities we serve.
  • "Everyone deserves a way to reflect their culture." When Doug Borwick said that early in his presentation, I resolved to do more to engage our minority population in Arts Council programming.
  • Doug's presentation places "art" BETWEEN the arts organization and the larger community---so that art is a means of exchange between the two entities, rather than a product or commodity that the arts organization holds in its possession.
  • Wonderful language, story, motivation and validation. Thank you.

Presenter Comments:

  • The enthusiasm for these workshops was tremendous. We were happily surprised by the thoughtful and strategic responses in the days following. The topic really seemed to spark several ‘ah-ha’ moments with our participants and stirred up ideas for specific actions steps they needed to take to be more effective in their role. Jennifer Armstrong, Illinois Arts Council; Scarlett Swerdlow, Arts Alliance Illinois (workshop organizers)
  • Doug was inspirational and full of information. I was especially struck by his comment that the arts started in community and will be saved by the community.
  • Wonderful language, story, motivation and validation. Thank you.Totally worthwhile. Janet Harvey, Arkansas Arts Council
  • Great presenter. Very engaging. Gets to the heart of the matter.
  • Everything was perfect. I would highly recommend it for content, delivery and engagement.
  • Doug was wonderful communicating with faculty and student arts managers alike. Looking forward to future conversations and collaborations! Ursula Kuhar, Professor, Sweet Briar College
  • A number of students (and our faculty) said it was a "turning point" for the way they view and approach the arts within the context of our communities.