COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & COLLABORATION

While most of Molly's projects already involve some level of community involvement or collaboration, here are a few additional projects that she has developed or collaborated on over the years, from the local to the national level.

  GRIN CITY COLLECTIVE  Co-Director 2011-2016, Executive Director 2016-2017, Board Member 2017 - present  Over the years, Molly has executed extensive community work throughout rural Iowa with her role at the artist residency she helped define. 

GRIN CITY COLLECTIVE
Co-Director 2011-2016, Executive Director 2016-2017, Board Member 2017 - present

Over the years, Molly has executed extensive community work throughout rural Iowa with her role at the artist residency she helped define. 

  GRINNELL PUBLIC ART INITIATIVE 2016    G rin City Collective and the Grinnell Area Arts Council collaborated to commission four site-specific works of art in downtown Grinnell. Working with private and public partners, Molly spearheaded the community's first ever public art campaign.

GRINNELL PUBLIC ART INITIATIVE 2016

Grin City Collective and the Grinnell Area Arts Council collaborated to commission four site-specific works of art in downtown Grinnell. Working with private and public partners, Molly spearheaded the community's first ever public art campaign.

 CREATIVE COMMUNITY  Molly started the Creative Community poster series through the Grinnell Area Arts Council to highlight the town's lesser known or unacknowledged artistic talent. Neighbors nominated people they knew with skills from drawing to knitting to model-train-making to flower arranging. The posters were installed around town to celebrate the talent already present in the community.  

CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Molly started the Creative Community poster series through the Grinnell Area Arts Council to highlight the town's lesser known or unacknowledged artistic talent. Neighbors nominated people they knew with skills from drawing to knitting to model-train-making to flower arranging. The posters were installed around town to celebrate the talent already present in the community.
 

  PORTRAIT STUDIO DES MOINES    I n February 2013, Molly helped Des Moines artists to develop the first Portrait Studio at the Grinnell Arts Center. Local artists set up a drawing studio in the community art gallery and invited community members to sit for hand-drawn portraits or produce portraits themselves. The one-month residency project brought new audiences to the Grinnell Arts Center to engage with one of the most familiar forms of art. Portrait Studio now works across central Iowa.

PORTRAIT STUDIO DES MOINES

In February 2013, Molly helped Des Moines artists to develop the first Portrait Studio at the Grinnell Arts Center. Local artists set up a drawing studio in the community art gallery and invited community members to sit for hand-drawn portraits or produce portraits themselves. The one-month residency project brought new audiences to the Grinnell Arts Center to engage with one of the most familiar forms of art. Portrait Studio now works across central Iowa.

  Connecting the Dots to Economic and Cultural Revitalization  Spring-Summer 2017   A think tank collaboration between the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise, Ohio Extension and local representatives in Fayette County, OH.

Connecting the Dots to Economic and Cultural Revitalization
Spring-Summer 2017


A think tank collaboration between the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise, Ohio Extension and local representatives in Fayette County, OH.

  ARTS + ECOLOGY COHORT / ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS COMMUNITIES  Co-Chair 2013-2015  Whether dealing with agriculture, conservation or climate change, more and more artists and the organizations that support them are confronting ecological issues in their work.

ARTS + ECOLOGY COHORT / ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS COMMUNITIES
Co-Chair 2013-2015

Whether dealing with agriculture, conservation or climate change, more and more artists and the organizations that support them are confronting ecological issues in their work.

  DUCKYARD NEW ORLEANS   2015   Social justice make/collaborate art training retreat. In 2014 Tiny Circus created Duckyard as a non-hierarchical mode of creating grassroots interactions about contemporary issues.

DUCKYARD NEW ORLEANS 2015

Social justice make/collaborate art training retreat. In 2014 Tiny Circus created Duckyard as a non-hierarchical mode of creating grassroots interactions about contemporary issues.