Publication Date

Summer 2016

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Ryland White

Abstract

This Capstone is an exploration of my journey as a training practitioner, starting from my time at SIT and progressing through my role as a Creative Facilitator for ArtCorps Creative Conservation Project. It details the connections between my practical experience in creative conservation training with theoretical frameworks and principals of adult and experiential learning I engaged in during the Training Design in Experiential Learning and Training for Social Action courses. During this journey I’ve learned that the challenges we face today are in need of highly creative individuals who apply alternative solutions towards problem solving. These individuals can take the necessary action to positively transform our world; “in a world of strained resources, creativity is an unlimited, game-changing resource that lies dormant within each person, organization and community” (ArtCorps, 2014). As Creative Facilitator, (2014-2016) my focus was to build the creative capacity of environmental conservation leaders and educators. Through training them in the use of creative approaches and art tactics, we worked to equip Belize’s leading conservation organizations towards effectively responding to the social and environmental challenges they mitigate. The valuable lessons learned during my practicum are presented in an analysis highlighting the role played by intercultural communication and my art education background. The personal reflection and recommendations aim to contribute to the training field from my merging perspective of a social action based artist, educator and developing trainer.

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