‘Think like an artist’ to make meaningful, sustainable change
Bluepalm directors, Jackie Planeix and Tom Crocker, design programs and professional development series for various fields, adapting content to meet clients’ specific goals. Inspired by the high level of rigor and creativity that they experienced in the school and company of renowned French choreographer Maurice Béjart, Ms. Planeix and Mr. Crocker mine the resources of dance and theater to raise the level of creativity, culture, and communication of their partner organizations. The quality of its interventions has made Bluepalm one of the most sought after companies for professional development: their work is vetted by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Los Angeles Unified School District. Ms. Planeix and Mr. Crocker trained as coaches with the New Teacher Institute. They collaborate regularly with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and have consulted for the Avery Company and USC (University of Southern California).
Bluepalm establishes partnerships that ensure targeted, sustainable results. Bluepalm’s unique approach blends consulting, personal, and professional development within a training process that is both conceptual and practical – building techniques and strategies. Bluepalm simultaneously transforms individuals and the systems within which they function, in three core areas:
To transform the communication flow of an organization requires a finely tuned ear to the needs and goals of the individuals that constitute it. Bluepalm starts with attentive listening to develop new ways of sharing information and working as a team: clear expression, fluid dialogue, shared expectations.
To establish a work environment receptive to new ideas and experimentation is a process that demands putting into question highly anchored practices and behavior. Bluepalm unlocks the mechanisms that build obstacles to innovative thinking through individual and group interventions, using these principles: focus, emotional connection, technique building, improvisation, composition, sharing.
Our goal is to blend diverse personal cultures in order to build a common culture reflective of the unique genius of the organization. This work begins with the identification of a team’s cultural fabric, the expression of common objectives and, finally, the development of strategies to ensure this dynamic, new culture is sustainable as well as open to evolution over time.
- The Dana Foundation: artist-teacher training: a model program to form collegial partnerships between artists and educators, share methods and create a professional learning community
- Lycée International de Los Angeles: designing a framework for fluid communication between parents, teachers, and administrators; culturally responsive exchanges; expanding bilingual culture
- USC (University of Southern California): Marshall School of Business, ‘The Art of Business’: graduate course to infuse artistic principles in business through communication, culture, and creativity.
- Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-La-Pape (Lyon): coordination between a leading arts organization and its surrounding, disenfranchised community; professional development for dancers in arts for social change; professional development for teachers in arts-based teaching
- Montebello Unified School District: district-wide professional development for educators to teach English language skills through the use of movement, expression, and cross-curricular applications
- Music Center Summer Institute for Educators: sharing new ways of teaching, developing collaborative interdisciplinary projects.