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Our Work

CCI builds civic imagination on campus, in community, across the region, and beyond


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A multi-year project focused on mental health in Montana that will result in a statewide free touring play, town hall dialogues, and network of care workshops with community residents and resources.


CCI will select three three culture makers annually to receive a $2500 project commission. The commission is for cultural makers in Montana to develop and implement a small project, program, or process that aspires to bridge difference and cultivate connections.

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At the request of The President’s Office, CCI is overseeing a campus Democracy Initiative. This effort involves a campus wide audit of democracy activities within and outside of Academic programs, and a process of coalition-building and vision setting. The goal is to understand and activate how UM can contribute on campus and across our state to meaningful work that shores up our commitments at the individual, institutional and community levels to equitable, functional, civil democratic practices.


The City of Missoula Parks and Recreation, Arts Missoula and UM’s Co-Lab for Civic Imagination are partnering on a new public engagement initiative that will employ Missoula artists to lead arts workshops/listening sessions within Missoula communities that have been historically underrepresented in City planning processes. The information gathered by these artists in these sessions will feed directly into the Parks and Rec master planning process which will determine resource allocation and priorities for green spaces, facilities and programming for the next decade. 

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(MPU, a national Veteran-led non-profit) “is a nationwide movement to strengthen our communities and heal our country by creating meaningful connections through service and leadership.” CCI leads UM’s collaboration with MPU and its national network of Veteran-led chapters and projects by working with MPU leadership and members on program design, facilitation training, and program evaluation.


is a collaboration with Springboard for the Arts begun early in the Pandemic when CCI Director Michael Rohd and Springboard’s Jun-Li Wang collaborated to design and co-lead a two track national, virtual technical assistance program: one track for municipal government and non-profit sector leaders and staff, one track for artists. The program builds capacity for cross sector, culture-based collaborative projects and for funding those projects. It is free for artists, affordable (including a sliding fee scale) for organizations and agencies, and has been attended by over 1000 participants, who then receive ongoing access to coaching rooms and a curated resource library.

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(ONOP) is a national arts and wellness initiative designed to activate the power of the arts to repair the social fabric of our nation and heal our communities. CCI’s Director Michael Rohd has been a co-designer on this national initiative since its inception in 2020, and he currently serves as Civic Collaborations Director, supporting the cross-sector work at all 18 sites around the US in collaboration with the ONOP team and National League of Cities.

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