Animating Democracy June 2010 E-News
News from the Field
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Awarded 2010 International Service Citation
Recently, the International Council of Museums-U.S. (ICOM-U.S.) announced that it has awarded its 2010 International Service Citation to the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. This recognition is given annually to an organization that has made a commitment to advance the cause of museum-based international relations, has played an important role in the collaboration between U.S. museums and those abroad, and has had a significant impact on the museum field. The Coalition was honored this year for its leadership in museum-based international relations.
The International Coalition was founded in 1999 by nine sites from around the world with a vision that "it is the obligation of historic sites to assist the public in drawing connections between the history of our sites and their contemporary issues. We view stimulating dialogue on pressing social issues and promoting humanitarian and democratic values as a primary function." Sites of Conscience from Chile to Cambodia develop innovative programs that invite the public to draw connections between the past and the present; promote open dialogue on current issues; and offer opportunities for public involvement and action on those issues.
The 2010 International Service Citation, presented at a reception at the American Association of Museums’ annual conference, celebrates the Sites of Conscience approach of opening historic sites as new spaces for civic engagement on today’s pressing questions.
CommunityMatters.org & Sojourn Theatre: A New Website & a New Artist in Residence
The Orton Family Foundation just launched CommunityMatters.org, a new online commons for individuals and organizations working to engage citizens, steer change, and build strong communities sustained by their unique character.
The Foundation has hosted the CommunityMatters conference® since 2006, and is excited to be initiating an online hub to accompany it. Together, the CommunityMatters conference and online community will fuel a growing network of leaders, thinkers, and doers in a variety of disciplines—planning, sustainability, health, democracy, education, economic development, design, and the arts.
The 2010 conference will be held October 5–8, 2010, in Denver, CO, with Sojourn Theatre as the official artist in residence engaging conference participants, staging exciting performance, and leading their innovative new group facilitation method called Green Rooms.
To learn more about the associated Strong Communities Competition, please see the Calls for Proposals section of this E-News.
Calls for Proposals
Call for Fellowships: Memory and Memorialization
Strong Communities Competition
Deadline: August 11, 2010. CommunityMatters and Ashoka’s Changemakers are partnering to offer the Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change competition! Art practitioners, elected officials, and citizens can enter innovative, replicable, sustainable projects and ideas to steer change and take charge of the future of their communities.
Submissions will be accepted at changemakers.com/strongcommunities. The top three entries will each win $5,000. The best entry submitted by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 14, 2010 will be eligible to win a $500 Early Entry Prize.
Eight Strong Communities competition finalists will be invited to attend the CommunityMatters’10 Conference in Denver, October 5–8, 2010 to showcase their work and collaborate with other leaders in the field.
Events on the Horizon
Artist Huong to Unveil Bleeding in the Gulf Mural in Washington
The artist Huong will unveil her new mural, Bleeding in the Gulf, Summer 2010, a 300-foot long collection of more than 700 paintings, which will be accompanied by a Message to the President workshop. The workshop will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 26–28, 2010, 10:00–4:00 p.m. For more information, visit peacemural.org/events/the-obama-peace-mural-coming.
Museums and Restitution
Museums and Restitution is a two-day international conference organized by the Centre for Museology and The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester. The conference examines the issue of restitution in relation to the changing role and authority of the museum, focusing on new ways in which these institutions are addressing the subject.
The conference will bring together museum professionals and academics from a wide range of fields (including museology, archaeology, anthropology, art history, and cultural policy) to share ideas on contemporary approaches to restitution from the viewpoint of museums.
From Community to Stage: 14-Week Introductory Course to Community Arts
From Community to Stage, a 14-week community-based theater course, is open to all adults, ages 18 and up. The biweekly class will be held at Gris Gris Lab in New Orleans, August 31–December 2. This course examines how theater can be used for social change through dialogue, art-making, and performance. The project will culminate on Tuesday, November 23 with a public reading of the performance pieces created during the course. No prior writing, directing, design, or performance experience necessary.
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