This three-day group relations conference offers a unique opportunity to study the conscious and unconscious dynamics involved in how groups organize themselves and interact with each other.  This conference is not a passive learning event that relies upon lectures.  Instead, the learning is experiential.  Participants study how leadership, followership, authority, task, boundaries, and roles operate in the different group experiences they enter during the conference.  The conference will weave art and other non-verbal forms of expression into the conference events to illuminate unconscious dynamics operating in the system of group interactions that members and staff will create together.

LCE 2020:
The Experiential Webs We Weave

This three-day intergroup exploration of the arts and "here-and-now" (meaning in the moment) experiential learning in the form of a Group Relations workshop offers a unique opportunity to study the conscious and unconscious dynamics involved in how groups organize themselves and interact with each other and how the arts can be an important representation of complex social systems. 


Group Relations (GR) is a methodology that emerged out of World War II and the urgency people felt to better understand complex social problems.  As described in The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Present, the relationship between art and the sociopolitical landscape is as complex, intricate and natural as a spider’s web; the arts have played a significant role in social, political and economic movements, and successful movements (i.e., cycles of progress) require artful, strategic planning and reclaiming of one’s freedom for creative expression as a form of inclusive leadership and followership.  Passion for a cause is important, but people also need the competencies and skills required for effective action.


We are living in a time of intense social, political and economic disruption.  Inspired by Cuba’s Fabrica de Arte, this GR application event calls upon all branches of the arts to weave together an intergroup experience - an interdisciplinary, experiential laboratory for exploring and studying relationships between and among groups - with an eye on the themes of leadership, authority, responsibility and freedom of expression in the 21st Century. 


Those individuals, groups and organizations interested in participating by creating and displaying art, performing and/or leading an experiential exercise related to conference themes can find an application form here (coming soon).  We can imagine music, dance, drumming, community mural and/or structure building, Improv theatre, poetry/spoken word among other experiences designed to explore event themes.  In addition to the GR workshop on Saturday (which will require pre-registration, also coming soon), there will be built-in opportunities for reflection and meaning-making as we examine together the "experiential webs" we co-create over the weekend and their application to real world issues, including but not limited to the "theater of politics."

This GR application event will begin in the afternoon on Friday February 28th with a review of a 400 years of social movements timeline developed at Teachers College, Columbia University and end in the afternoon on Sunday March 1st, 2020 with a community discussion facilitated by GR practitioners.  


Space will be limited for the GR workshop on Saturday and that will require pre-registration. 

More detailed information COMING SOON!

Preliminary Schedule

Friday February 28, 2020

The 400 Years Timeline

Welcome and Keynote Speaker: TBD

Intergroup of Arts/Performance/Experience

Saturday February 29, 2020

Group Relations Workshop (requires pre-registration; available soon)

Intergroup of Arts/Performance/Experience

Sunday March 1, 2020

Intergroup of Arts/Performance/Experience ("Open Forum" Space)

Community Discussion and Application