Animating Democracy News and Updates
New Publications from Animating Democracy!
Animating Democracy has just released four new case studies that reflect on how to understand the social impact of these groups’ art-based civic engagement work. All were developed through the Field Lab of the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
In addition, Animating Democracy has new profiles about two fantastic projects on its website:
Arts Education Program Manager Job Opportunity
Americans for the Arts is now accepting applications for a full-time position as the Arts Education Program Manager. The principal tasks of this position are to use the tools of advocacy, research, and professional development to strengthen the network of local arts leaders who can then affect change in arts education programs and policies at the local and statewide levels. The Arts Education Program Manager is a member of the Local Arts Agency Services team in the Local Arts Advancement department and is the arts education hub for a cross-departmental team that includes arts education as part of its work. This position provides support to the Government and Public Affairs department as they promote federal policies that advance arts education (NCLB and Department of Education) and the Private Sector Initiatives department for their strategic alliance work with national leadership organizations such as the Conference Board and Council on Foundations.
News from the Field
Sojourn Summer Internship Applications
Sojourn Theatre is now accepting applications for internships for its summer 2010 production of On the Table. Sojourn creates compelling, engaging theater committed to a consistent investigation of the relationship of artists and audiences to place and architecture. The ensemble is offering internships in performance, stage managing, multimedia and scenic design, and lighting design beginning June 25, 2010 and concluding August 2, 2010.
For more information, call Sojourn at 971.544.0464 or send an e-mail to info@SojournTheatre.org.
Articles and Publications
Americans for the Arts Launches the National Art Index
The National Arts Index, created by Americans for the Arts, is a highly distilled annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the United States using 76 equal-weighted, national-level indicators of arts and culture activity. This report covers an 11-year period, from 1998 to 2008, and includes some fascinating findings on trends in organizational capacity, changes in personal participation and creation, nonprofit vs. for-profit, funding, education, and more. Americans for the Arts will celebrates the Index’s release on January 20, 2010 with an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance
This volume of entirely new essays provides innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the various ways Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been adapted and appropriated within the context of American racial constructions. More than two dozen contributions, such as Lenwood Sloan’s reflection on the production of “Vo-Du Macbeth,” explore Macbeth’s haunting presence in American drama, poetry, film, music, history, politics, acting, and directing—all through the intersections of race and performance.
For more information, please see the publisher's website for Weyward Macbeth at us.macmillan.com/weywardmacbeth.
Telling Stories to Change the World
Telling Stories to Change the World is a powerful collection of essays about community-based and interest-based projects where storytelling is used as a strategy for speaking out for justice. Contributors from locations across the globe—including Uganda, Darfur, China, Afghanistan, South Africa, New Orleans, and Chicago—describe grassroots projects in which communities use narrative as a way of exploring what a more just society might look like and what civic engagement means. These compelling accounts of resistance, hope, and vision showcase the power of the storytelling form to generate critique and collective action. Together, these projects demonstrate the contemporary power of stories to stimulate engagement, active citizenship, the pride of identity, and the humility of human connectedness.
Events on the Horizon
The Owl's Nest Retreat: A Weekend for Women Who Use the Arts to Engage Community
This weekend retreat in Austin, TX, offers women in the arts a chance to gather with other working professionals to explore their roles as facilitators, program directors, artists, and scholars in a creative, comforting, natural setting. Using personal stories as source and resource, participants will discover ways to build community and carve and create new ideas in their work.
This event is organized by Lynn Hoare of University of Texas Voices Against Violence and Karen LaShelle of Theatre Action Project. The cost of the retreat is $125, which includes room, board, and tuition.
Seven Simultaneous Lecturers: Indy Arts and Globalization
Seven prominent names of the Indianapolis’ art community join in a panel to discuss the future of Indianapolis arts in the face of globalization. However, there’s a twist—the lecturers will be speaking at the same time. Audience members will be given the power to arbitrarily raise or lower the volume of each speaker as the talks progress, creating a frantic, unstructured whirlwind of words and ideas. After the lectures, audience members will be encouraged to express the ideas and feelings generated by this surreal presentation in a facilitated discussion period.
Limiting Knowledge in Democracy: A Social Research Conference
Join award-winning journalists, distinguished scholars, and policymakers to examine how the U.S. government and other political and cultural institutions distort or otherwise affect the flow of information. Hosted by the New School in New York City, NY, this conference asks key questions about what constraints on access to knowledge safeguard our democracy and what limitations erode it.
The keynote speaker for the conference is Seymour Hersh, but the schedule boasts an abundance of other leaders in their respective fields. Tickets are regularly $35 for the full conference or $8 per session. Nonprofit staff and members can attend the full conference for $15 or a single session for $5. Students and New School alumni and faculty are free.
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