Animating Democracy November 2011 E-News
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Animating Democracy Blog Salon: GOING ON NOW!
November 7-11

The broad theme for Animating Democracy’s November Blog Salon is the current and future role of arts, culture, and design in cultivating civic engagement and creating a sense of place on a local level. What principles should we hold onto and what are the shifts that need to occur? Bloggers include President and CEO of the Orton Foundation Bill Roper; Program Manager for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design Radhika Mohan; Public Art and Community Design Director for the North Carolina Arts Council Brendan Greaves; Project Director for State Voice’s Arts & Democracy Project Caron Atlas; and architect and artist Bill Mackey. 

You might be interested in:

  • Lex Leifheit's post on "the post-jerk era" where she explores her experiences with a more collective approach to programming and leadership;
  • Liesel Fenner's post arguing that community input processes are not enough to ensure a successful public space and her call to share your personal places;
  • Sara Bateman's post on the power of participatory art with a street-based approach; or
  • Erin Harkey's post about her experiences bringing together community members to map cultural assets in Los Angeles County.

These are just some of the creative voices that will be contributing to discussion. Join us all this week for some lively blogging on this important topic and add your voice!

Calls for Submissions

PhotoPhilanthrophy 2011 Activist Awards
Deadline: November 20, 2011, Student Deadline: December 1, 2011.

The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award identifies outstanding work done by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide and awards prizes ranging from $2,000–$15,000. In previous years, work was submitted on behalf of 405 nonprofit organizations from 85 different countries.

This year, PhotoPhilanthropy will be honoring professional, amateur, and student photographers and community-based organizations. Each photographer whose work is accepted receives a page on PhotoPhilanthropy's website and exposure to a growing audience of concerned and committed global citizens.

New Publications & Resources

New Arts Management Journal

The American Journal of Arts Management, a new online journal that bridges the scholarly divide between academia and professional nonprofit performing arts organizations is announcing its first call for papers. AJAM is founded and co-edited by Director of Shenandoah Conservatory's Arts Management Program David Edelman and Director of the Arts Leadership Program at Seattle University Kevin Maifeld. The editorial board also includes distinguished professionals in the arts management field and faculty of university arts and arts management programs. Deadline for this round of submissions is December 1, 2011. Membership in this new online journal is free, but registration is required. Guidelines for submission and further information about AJAM can be found at

Events on the Horizon

Connected and Consequential: Generating New Art Ecologies
Saturday, November 12
Northampton, MA

Founder and Director of Art at Work Marty Pottenger will deliver a keynote speech at the Artists in Context Connected and Consequential Conference. Pottenger will be discussing how artists and art-making can be interwoven into the fabric of city systems to create innovative solutions to municipal problems and raise the public's awareness and appreciation of local government's role in creating healthy, educated, engaged, and economically vibrant communities.

Two discursive sessions featuring creative "hybrid" projects will highlight two findings about this kind of contemporary art-making: 1) art can be an extension of the way one lives one's life and 2) how art can create a unique space for us to encounter complexity and deepen understanding; make the connection between cause and effect; and re-imagine conditions in which to live, think, and act.

Two workshops, focused on the skills, language, and evaluative measures of hybrid practices, will also be offered. "Alternative Mapping Techniques" by geographer and Co-Director of Artists in Context, Marie Cieri and "What Difference? Framing the Work/Making the Case" presented by Animating Democracy Co-Director Barbra Schaffer Bacon.

This free conference is presented in collaboration with C3, Valley Art Share, Northampton Arts Council, and Smith College Art and Theater Department.

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