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Pomegranate Center teaches the art and practice of collaboration. Through our unique engagement model, we help communities discover their ability to spur change and develop their capacity for effective and inclusive collaboration. Our team of professional facilitators, designers, and community engagement specialists brings a unique set of skills that allow a wide variety of clients to develop their vision of community. This self-expression results in a sense of pride and connection with those involved, often aligning divided or disparate ideologies, to create a commonality that did not exist before.

Image of the Future Episode Six: Place Matters

In this episode, Milenko interviews Lynne Manzo, an environmental psychologist whose work in the field informs her teaching as Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW. Lynne brings to the interview a deep knowledge of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings, and imagines with Milenko a future that makes space for optimism, where we try to understand each other better rather than build walls between us.


Ground Rules Deep Dive #10: Maintain the Balance Between Heart and Mind, Expertise and Passion

By Milenko Matanovic

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

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A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff pledged a $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the pledged funding.

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Image of the Future Episode Five: Where Art Meets Democracy

On February 15th, Pomegranate Center hosted our first ever live-taped episode of the Image of the Future podcast. We took our experiment in democratic dialogue out of the studio and onto the stage in front of a live audience. To mark the special occasion, we invited two guests to join host Milenko Matanovic: Valerie Curtis-Newton is a professor in Acting and Directing and Head of Performance at the University of Washington and oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab. Ben Phillips is a senior program manager for Citizen University. 

Milenko interviewed Valerie and Ben about what lies at the intersection of art and democracy, the tension that exists in public art projects, and what makes them hopeful about the future.


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