CounterPulse is a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community.
We believe that the role of CounterPulse is to deepen and broaden a movement that inspires, elevates, and adequately resources experimental art that truly engages and transforms individuals and subsequently, communities and the world at large. This vision is the essence behind all our values, strategies, and intended impacts. Our vision notably brings the humanity of the arts into all our work. By focusing on personal transformation, we believe that the art’s audacity to create transformative individual experiences will in turn build a more collaborative and resilient world.
To drive us to this ultimate intended vision, our strategies are directed to three Foci of Change:
Diverse, Emerging and Mid-career Artists and Cultural Workers
We recognize the myriad artists, communities, and supporters that rally behind our work to truly make it a movement.
Established and Emergent Arts Audiences
We engage our audience in ways that are unexpected and innovative, inviting artists to work in new ways and address contemporary issues and break down the boundaries of artistic disciplines.
Partners with a Vision for Social Change
We aim to inspire the development of new ideas, new connections, and new ways to participate in community that fuel positive change on the personal level, positing that the individual is the base unit of social change. We are preserving and developing existing cultures that withstand divestment, inequities, and displacement.
The development of our Strategic Plan and Theory of Change was predicated on careful listening to stakeholders and program evaluation throughout 2017-2021. We surveyed ourselves, CounterPulse staff and board, to develop consensus around what is important to us as an organization, as arts professionals, and as individuals – and continued to test our assumptions.
We, the staff and board of CounterPulse, embrace this strategic plan as a powerful framework to guide our shared endeavor. We commit our passion, intelligence, energy, and resources to achieving our intended impact. We will pursue these strategies with cultural awareness and responsivity to our changing arts and social landscape. We will adhere to these core values and ensure that they inform every element of our work. We invite you to join us in building a dynamic movement of experimental art that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community.
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