Animating Democracy September 2010 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
$40,000 Awarded for Impact and Mapping Resource Development
We are excited to announce that the Surdna Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to Americans for the Arts to support the further development of Animating Democracy’s website. The grant will support a website that integrates resources from two Animating Democracy initiatives: the Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative and the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative.
News from the Field
Community Arts Network Preserved as Part of the Open Folklore Project
The Community Arts Network (CAN), Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, and the American Folklore Society are pleased to announce that the CAN website has been archived as part of the Open Folklore project. Open Folklore is intended to be an online portal to open-access digital folklore content and plans to launch a prototype of its online component in October at the American Folklore Society meeting in Nashville. After CAN announced it would be forced to immediately shut down its website due to lack of funds, the IU Bloomington Libraries offered to capture the CAN website using Archive-It, a subscription service from the Internet Archive that allows institutions to build and preserve collections of digital content. Because CAN is a content-rich website that is of great interest to folklorists, the IU Bloomington Libraries made use of their subscription to Archive-It to preserve the site without charge.
Users may visit the archived site at wayback.archive-it.org/2077/20100906194747/http://www.communityarts.net/. The full text of the site may be searched at the Archive-It home site, www.archiveit.org.
New Documentary: Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
The documentary, Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, by Cynthia Cohen and Allison Lund, will be released on September 23, opening a four-day conference on theater in zones of violent conflict, produced by Theatre Without Borders and La Mama. The film tells the stories of courageous and creative artists, cultural workers, and peacebuilders working in zones of violent conflict, supporting communities to nonviolently resist abuses of authority; build bridges across differences; mourn losses; and, together with former enemies, imagine a new future.
To see a trailer of the documentary, please visit: www.brandeis.edu/slifka/actingtogether. For a full schedule of the Theatre Without Borders/La Mama conference, please visit: www.theatrewithoutborders.com
Junebug Says Farewell to Founding Artistic Director
After 30 years, Junebug Productions’ founding Artistic Director John M. O’Neal, a noted actor and playwright, will retire in mid-2011 and assume the position of artistic director emeritus. O’Neal was one of the co-founders of the Free Southern Theater (1963–1980), which served as the cultural arm of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1980, Mr. O’Neal founded Junebug Productions and began touring in a series of original plays based on a mythic character named Junebug Jabbo Jones, the embodiment of a wise, down-home Everyman. For more information on O’Neal’s departure and Junebug’s transition, visit www.junebugproductions.org.
Publications and Resources
Immigration: Arts, Culture and Media 2010 - A Creative Change Report
Please visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/events/webinars/default.asp for more information or e-mail email@example.com to learn about local hosts presenting the webinars in your area.
Calls for Proposals
RE:FORM SCHOOL Art Contest
Join artists from across the nation who are using their voices and talents to fight for equal access to high quality education for all Americans by entering RE:FORM SCHOOL’s art contest. The contest is open to multiple art disciplines and almost anyone can submit an entry. However, submissions must be about the themes of knowledge, community, teachers inspire, and creativity & innovation. Five winners will have their work displayed at the RE:FORM SCHOOL Gallery in New York City alongside some of today’s most respected contemporary artists.
RE:FORM SCHOOL is a high-profile group art exhibition, event series, and public awareness campaign, taking place in New York City. Thousands of artists, parents, community leaders, educators, and grassroots organizers are coming together in a vibrant and creative space in order to shine a light on what is working; explore the potential of what might be; and celebrate the role imagination, creativity, and innovation will play in the process.
Events on the Horizon
Altering the Face and the Heart of America: The Gard Symposium
It’s not too late! On September 24–25, people from all walks of community life, interested in the future of healthy communities, will gather for a series of presentations, responses, and discussions with people like Lew Feldstein (co-author of Better Together) and Dr. William Cronon (whose research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world). Participants will hear from a sociologist, technology specialist, politician, religious leader, and economist what they believe a "healthy community" to be, and artists will respond.
Even if you can’t attend you can check out the White Papers and blog and add your voice to the conversation about healthy communities from a variety of different fields and perspectives at gardfoundation.blogspot.com.
My City’s Still Breathing: A Symposium Exploring the Arts, Artists, and the City
My City’s Still Breathing is a symposium that will gather local, national, and international experts from a wide range of disciplines to deliberate and debate the current and future relationship of art and design to city-making. For more info, visit www.artsforall.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1.204.943.7668.
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