Author Biographies :: April Doner

April Doner

April Doner lives and works as a Roving Illustrator, telling stories of community thriving, abundance, and people-powered change through writing, photography and art. Originally from the wave-kissed east coast of Florida, April has found her way to Indianapolis, IN to join community-based innovators De'Amon Harges and Anne Mitchell at Tesserae Learning. April is especially passionate about revealing and engaging the strengths of people, groups and neighborhoods who have been marginalized by labels of deficiency, and in working to redirect channels of faith and funding from deficiency-based approaches and into the lives of the "positive deviants"--the unseen and under-celebrated organizers, story-tellers, healers, artists and others who are actively making changes in their communities and neighborhoods. Through Tesserae and Aprilart Studios, she offers services to strengthen community including documentation, facilitation, trainings, workshops and consulting in Asset-Based-Community Development, Theory U and other practices, as well as a full range of artistic services. April is a Fellow with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and a Steward of ABCD in Action.

Articles by this Author…

Wednesday at Broadway: Tacos, Art, Abundance

Posted on April 24, 2014 in Stories

A living lesson in the challenges and the benefits of switching our lens from seeing needs to seeing gifts, and in valuing people and community as solutions to local issues.… read more »

Harnessing and Harvesting “The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People”

Posted on May 2, 2013 in Posts

The first of a series on the learning, challenges and opportunities seen at Connecting4Community to shift to more citizen-centered, bottom-up ways of living and structuring our approaches to the problems we see around us.… read more »

The Village Connectors Project

Posted on January 1, 2013 in Stories

How a group of "Village of the Arts" neighbors has been brainstorming and experimenting with ways to “grow what we already have.” Their first step was to start finding out about the gifts of their neighbors, especially neighbors they don’t already know and who might not think of themselves as even part of the Village.… read more »

A World That Welcomes People for Their Gifts

Posted on July 23, 2012 in Stories

The Toronto Summer Institute on Inclusion offers new insights and relationships that lead to a world where people are valued and welcomed for their gifts.… read more »

HoodRoving in G-Park: Chocolate, Radio, Tango, Change

Posted on June 29, 2012 in Posts

“Making a difference” can be as simple as putting on a different lens for looking at the place where you live, and then inviting others to look with you.… read more »

A Love Letter to My Neighborhood

Posted on February 21, 2012 in Posts

When April Doner started to map the assets of her Sarasota, FL neighborhood, she took a unique tack. She wrote a love letter.… read more »

Leading from the Back and Front...Can It Be Done?

Posted on November 16, 2011 in Stories

The questions confronting volunteer leaders in building organizations characterized by strong internal commitment, a spirit of mutual support, integrity and inclusiveness, and constant creativity and adaptation.… read more »

Rekindling Responsibility for Our Elders

Posted on August 10, 2011 in Posts

A personal reflection on how one family is blazing its own path of real, not paid, care and re-integration of the ages into their community.… read more »