Radio Casbah Is Back

The preliminary building of the new http://www.radiocasbah.com is complete. I’ve been waiting to post this for months, perhaps longer. This is a project that I have mentioned to many of you that I began in June 2001 that has gone through many incarnations, evolutions, and name changes and one too-long hiatus, is finally back and online.  I had hoped to finish this weeks ago after finishing my last school paper for the semester but there were several aspects of this website building business that kicked me in the ass and slowed down its progress.  However, it’s finally finished. Some of the below I have posted at the site but I wanted to give you all a little more information so you know what’s behind my seemingly lofty dreams since I have done this a few times before. 

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Creating a Healthy Community Arts and Music Initiative in Columbus, GA

Introduction

With the goal of finding a local healthy arts and music community initiative, I went looking for local programs because there has been at least one in every city I have lived, and because I am personally more interested in and committed to music than most other cultural activities.  Unfortunately, I was not able to find an arts and music-centered community-based organization.  There are less than a handful of non-profits, like the Springer Arts House for drama and musical theatre as well as the River Arts Center for traveling musical acts.  There are commercial chain businesses that specialize in music instruction, whether they be audio production or music instruction, and there is a music program in every public school in the local city and county.  However, there are no community organizations focusing on alternative (read: non-mainstream) arts and music.  Such an initiative should focus on the community that is not served by the conventional.  It would serve political minorities and youth interested in artistic and musical self-expression that no outlet other than the above, outside of public schools, offers.  Unfortunately, even the public schools are focused on conventional musical expression.  That isn’t enough.

How would I create a healthy communities’ arts and music initiative?  It could not be a one-person effort.  It would require the efforts of a myriad of individuals, neighborhood groups, community groups, some local government participation and even some local businesses.  Accordingly, this paper will be organized into the following sections:   Determining health indicators, specific steps, people that should be involved, and what information will be needed prior to beginning such an initiative.  While there are exceptional community toolkits available, some that I will consult for supporting ideas, the bulk of this healthy community arts and music initiative will be supported by the real-world asset analysis of Kretzmann & McKnight (1993) to conduct an asset-based assessment, rather than a needs assessments.  Specifically, it is necessary to determine what is already available in the community, rather than operate from a disadvantaged viewpoint of what is needed and already lacking.

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