Animating Democracy July 2009 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
New Writings from Animating Democracy’s Exemplar Program and Impact Initiative Plus 50 Percent Savings on Books
Our E-News this month is devoted to five new and illuminating articles and essays authored by field leaders. In one, Ron Chew examines the central role of small and midsized arts organizations in a 21st century context. Another demonstrates how one such organization, Sojourn Theatre, helped young people in Lima, Ohio cope with a community crisis through theater-based civic dialogue. Three pieces from Animating Democracy’s Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative offer foundational ideas regarding how to evaluate and understand the social and civic impact of arts-based civic engagement work. All are available for free download on Animating Democracy’s website.
Articles and Publications
Writings from the Exemplar Program
"Community-Based Arts Organizations: A New Center of Gravity"
"A Time of Crisis, A Moment for Art: Sojourn Theatre and the Lima Senior High Dialogue Project"
The Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative seeks to advance understanding of and make the case for the social and civic impact of arts-based civic engagement work. It is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Watch in the coming months for additional writings and Arts Impact Online, an online resource center.
"Shifting Expectations: An Urban Planner’s Reflections on Evaluating Community-Based Arts"
Animating Democracy would also like to point readers to this report released June 4, 2009, by participants in the recent White House briefing. On May 12, more than 60 artists and creative organizers engaged in civic participation, community development, education, social justice activism, and philanthropy came together for a White House briefing on Art, Community, Social Justice, National Recovery. This meeting combined the interests of several groups addressing intersecting issues. All are interested in the power of the arts to build communities and create change. The meeting had three parts: 1) a meeting at the Kaiser Family Foundation to prepare for the briefing; 2) the two-hour White House briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building; and 3) a post-briefing meeting at Bus Boys & Poets to interpret and respond to what we had learned and to engage in small-group strategy sessions including: cultural policy, green jobs, immigration, public/private space, healthcare reform, organizing power on behalf of community artists, and a department of alternative thinking. White House hosts repeated throughout the briefing that this is the beginning of a conversation. This report includes notes from the briefing and from the post-briefing strategy session and is intended to encourage and extend the conversation throughout the field. People who would like to share ideas may direct them to any of the lead organizers named in the report.
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