The Five Senses of Newport by journalist Sean Flynn originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 17, 2016 explores Catalyzing Newport’s Sensory Week with visiting catalysts, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez and Cindi Malinick including the sensory installation that took place at Bike Newport on Thursday, December 15th.
NEWS & EVENTS
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Catalyzing Newport along with our collaborators, finished a series of sensory activities led by visiting catalysts Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez and Cindi Malinick as part of Sensory Week Newport. To date, our sensory explorations of Newport have included:
Catalyzing Newport is hosting its next visiting catalyst Estevan Rael-Gálvez, PhD from the historic city of Santa Fe, NM December 12 – 16th. As a cultural anthropologist and storyteller, Estevan has developed a practice that uses the 5 human senses to explore place, feelings and memories. In Santa Fe, he used this practice as a way to engage greater community participation in the development of the city’s first Cultural Plan.
December 12th – 16th is declared “Newport Sensory Week” by Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez who will be visiting Newport as a part of Catalyzing Newport’s catalyst residency program. Leading up to and during his December residency, Estevan will be empowering Newport’s residents to collectively tell the story of their city through activating their senses.
MAY 27-28, 2015
Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."
JULY 27 - 31, 2015
Carol Coletta is Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation and a national expert on cities, creative communities, and civic innovation. Coletta has written and spoken extensively on the future of cities, including how communities develop, attract, and retain talent.
A collaborative initiative with a Steering Committee of local and statewide humanities organizations facilitated by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and supported by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Catalyzing Newport utilizes a visiting scholars program that draws on extensive experience, national and international networks, and the creative excellence of established experts (known as “catalysts”) to engage local communities in meaningful exchanges. Over the next three years (starting in 2014), visiting catalysts will travel to Newport to apply their expertise during five-day residencies—which include Public Programs and intensive work with Local Action Teams—to address local and national challenges related to the Impact Areas outlined above. Catalyzing Newport offers a new vision for the city’s cultural sector, one that puts our renowned historical organizations, leaders, and cultural assets at the forefront of community conversations about Newport’s development and prosperity. Together, we will imagine a Newport whose future is rich in culture, civic life, and economic opportunities.
The goals of the Catalyzing Newport project are to:
1) provide meaningful access to Newport and Rhode Island history for broader audiences
2) innovate by leveraging the cultural sector’s assets, reputation, and partnerships toward a greater shared community vision
3) establish a global model for cultural and historical organizations to contribute to new economies locally, nationally, and internationally
4) strengthen the ability of Newport’s cultural sector to diversify its revenue streams and attract greater resources
Public programming during catalyst residencies will engage diverse audiences from across Rhode Island through lectures, exhibits, classroom talks, Town Hall forums, and historical tours. These programs are intended to identify new resources and ideas, and to generate collaboration and imaginative solutions for the pressing issues facing Newport’s cultural sector and its community-at-large.
LOCAL ACTION TEAMS
During each Catalyst residency, a team of local experts will provide:
1) knowledge to deepen the Catalyst’s understanding of Newport history and its vital historical resources
2) context to quickly absorb Newport’s unique challenges and opportunities
3) collaboration to leverage momentum and create measurable outcomes (e.g., publications, products, exhibits, grants, etc.) to share with the community
Seed funds will be available to Local Action Teams to execute projects brainstormed as part of the Visiting Catalyst’s residence.
Catalyzing Newport needs you! This initiative provides the structure and space for community leaders, like you, to strategize new ideas and solutions with national experts. Your support will help launch unique collaborative initiatives, bring renowned visionaries to Newport, and help us imagine a revitalized historic working city—one that is prosperous and resilient well into the future.