Creative Placemaking

from bottlenecks to bridges

Culture Leaders are invited to cultivate collaboration so we can create our thriving future together. Let's find our way around silos and struggle to see synergies and create strategy. 

Participants will

  • experience conversations that connect people and ideas
  • sow seeds of collaboration
  • start to implement actions with impact
  • develop leadership for collaboration

Me & We: Future Visions of Success for Culture Leaders

Tuesday, December 5 

3:00pm to 4:30


What's the #1 thing you wish would be easier about cultivating collaboration so you make progress on your future vision?


Together we are stronger and smarter.

Creative Grays Harbor Workshop Colab

Are you involved in a culture organization? 

You are invited. 

Staff, Board, committee members, employees, volunteers: all!

Me & We: Future Visions of Success for Culture Leaders

Join this three-month workshop co-lab series designed to 

🔆 Deep dive on 3 top success factors for culture leaders:

  1.  Fundraising
  2.  Create your Ideal Board 
  3.  Engage your Volunteer Base

🔆 Create connections and conversations 

🔆 Plant seeds of collaboration.

Together, we are stronger and smarter. 

Let's work together for vitality within and between our organizations.

Sign up today to begin.

Me & We: Future Visions of Success for Culture Leaders

Me & We Calendar

Me & We: Future Visions of Success for Culture Leaders meets next on December 5, 2023 3pm - 4:30pm PT.

Zoom Tech Check at 2:45pm

Sessions will be on Zoom, designed using the XCHANGE approach, an energizing method for meetings that don't suck.

To finalize your registration, complete the Intake Survey: link in your welcome email. Responses due by 5pm on December 4 for your completed registration. 


Me & We Culture Leaders

In our Me & We sessions, we've covered key best practices for developing engaged volunteers, your ideal board, and donors. We use generative questions to imagine our desired future.

Creating a future vision and co-creating with volunteers, board, and donors depend on our development approach. It's the creative process in action.

"Approaching the meaningful work of development as a creative process that is iterative and conversational makes this goal for me and my board more accessible!". 

Barbara Hayford, Executive Director, Coastal Interpretive Center


Forests, rivers, and beaches. Oh my.

Grays Harbor is one of the most beautiful and varied places to live, work, play, and stay. Beaches, forests, arts, and history create new and different experiences around every corner.

Culture organizations steward everything from coastal interpretation to timber history and today's environmental restoration. We have music, arts, theater, pirates, and more.

We asked and learned. The region is at a crossroads where we can choose to create a sense of identity and place. When Aberdeen wants to transform from a drive through to a drive-to city for the ten millions of people passing through its gateway to natural treasures.

Grays Harbor culture leaders say that top challenges they face are how to:

  • Attract new and diverse people to their mission.
  • Develop sustainable fundraising.
  • Collaborate as a culture sector in a rural county that is bigger than some States.
  • Engage volunteers.
  • Gain and grow a future-focus.

Let's connect as culture leaders so together we can strengthen cultural organizations and the culture sector that create quality of life and experience in Grays Harbor.

Sheila Siden
Meet Sheila Siden

Sheila helps nonprofit and social enterprise leaders who are frustrated and disappointed with their results so they can get on the same page with their teams, communicate, and enjoy working together to make their mission happen. 

In the business of philanthropy for over twenty years, Sheila is an experienced leader, MBA, and life-long learner. 

Sheila's local client, the Coastal Interpretive Center, completed their first Board Retreat. Sheila led fundraising and development in cultural institutions like Nikkei Heritage Association of WA, Artist Trust, and Northwest Folklife.

As an XCHANGE Guide, Sheila helps culture leaders adapt and evolve from within and together so they can create their vision of success for themselves, their teams, and their mission.

Sheila has called the WA North Beach home since 2010. When she's not zooming locally and globally, you can find her tilling her gardens, beach walking, forest bathing, or herding cats.

Unlock Collective Wisdom

Don't miss this opportunity to learn, connect, and create your future.

FAQ: How can this program be free of charge?

Since 2021, Sheila is on a mission to discover Grays Harbor's culture sector landscape. In her development and executive director roles in Seattle, she was a key representative in national cohorts with Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), Emily Hall Tremaine, and Joan Mitchell Foundation for artist support. She led city-agency collaborations for arts education and projects for ArtsWA's Creative Economy Vitality Index.

Naturally, Sheila wants to make big-picture sense of the Grays Harbor culture sector. Sheila recently researched for 18 months, speaking with arts and culture leaders, conservation leaders, and residents. She discovered that culture leaders face challenges mentioned above while newcomers and long-time residents are unaware of what makes up Grays Harbor character. 

So, she created this invitational co-lab to connect with culture leaders, support foundational learning, and create connections across the sector so all boats can rise with the tide.

There is no charge, however response to several surveys is required. When you register, you'll receive a welcome email with a link to the intake survey. Responses will be used to design the sessions.

Me & We: Future Visions of Success for Culture Leaders Round 1 will run through 2023.