Animating Democracy December 2011 E-News
News from the Field

Navigating Difference Exhibit Sparks Dialogue on Global Migration

Navigating Difference is a multisite exhibit which launched in November at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration (USA), Galata Museo del Mare - Mu.MA (Italy), and Le Bois du Cazier (Belgium). The exhibit engages visitors by polling them, comparing responses at all the sites, and then inviting deeper discussion on the complexities of migration.

Developed by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and created by interactive design firm Blue Telescope, Navigating Difference features a touch-screen display that asks the visitor to choose "yes" or "no" to each question and then explain his/her reasons for each choice. Participants can view how responses at one site compare with those at the other sites and engage in conversation by replying to posted comments.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Selects Shepard Fairey as First “Artist as Activist”

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the inauguration of its Artist as Activist print project, championing Rauschenberg's legacy of using art as a vehicle for change. In carrying forward his tradition, the Foundation has chosen the Coalition for the Homeless as beneficiary for the pilot year of the project. Together, the Foundation and the Coalition have selected artist Shepard Fairey as this year's "Artist as Activist."

New Publications & Resources

Bridge Conversations: People Who Live and Work in Multiple Worlds
Arts & Democracy Project

Bridge Conversations presents a collection of stories about the powerful change that results from the intersections between generations, cultures, sectors, and geographies. It is about the people who make these intersections happen—strategic artists and creative organizers, activist anthropologists and poetic politicians, loving family members—and  the nature of the bridging that occurs. 

Featured authors include Maribel Alvarez, Caron Atlas, Carol Fennelly, Ayo Ngozi, Ken Wilson, and more.

Creative Capital Launches a New Blog: The Lab

Creative Capital launched The Lab, the organization’s new blog for artists and the art community.  The blog will share ideas on the creative process; offer a window into its permanent laboratory for artist services; explore issues impacting the art community in the field; and provide tips and tools from Creative Capital's staff, artists, and workshop leaders.

The stories, videos, and resources posted so far on The Lab include profiles of Creative Capital’s artist-grantees at work (Heidi Latsky's residency and performance of GIMP and Erin Cosgrove's collaboration with Ben Marcus); "Must Haves" for your artist website, from their Internet for Artists workshop curriculum; a webinar podcast, "New Media in the Marketplace"; and much more.

Littleglobe Essays Published
In 2010, Littleglobe was awarded one of five national fellowships by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to host convenings and publish a collection of essays about best practices in creative community engagement.  For more on the fellowship and to access Littleglobe’s essays, visit

Calls for Proposals

Request for Proposals: The Community Foundation of Broward Art of Community Challenge
Deadline: February 10, 2012

Through the new Art of Community Challenge, the Community Foundation of Broward in Florida will integrate the arts into community problem-solving that results in a greater sense of community among Broward residents. Over the next five years, the foundation will invest $2.5 million in bold collaborative projects that integrate the arts in addressing issues of public concern.  Three measurable results that will be achieved over the next five years:

  1. Residents have a stronger bond with each other and a stronger sense of community by using the arts to reach common goals.
  2. Community problems are impacted through collaborations using the arts to bridge different sectors and/or disciplines.
  3. The arts are recognized as essential to community problem-solving.

Individual grant awards are for up to $100,000. See details for the Request for Proposals at

U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad Initiative Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: January 16, 2012

Using music as a means to engage audiences worldwide, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that the American Music Abroad program is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 season. Musicians interested in applying for this international exchange program, which consists of month-long, multicountry tours for approximately 10 ensembles from a variety of American musical genres, may apply via

Events on the Horizon

Apply for the Academy for Community and Civic Engagement at Auburn University
Auburn, AL
May 14-16, 2012
Deadline: February 15, 2012

The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts announces the first annual Academy for Community and Civic Engagement for faculty throughout the southeast in the arts and humanities who are interested in incorporating civic engagement/service learning practices into their courses, outreach scholarship, and documentation. ACCE will provide an intense three-day workshop for successful applicants.

For more information, contact Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Dr. Giovanna Summerfield at or by phone at 334.844.2890.

Register for Owl's Nest: A Retreat for Women Using the Arts to Engage Community
Austin, TX
February 3-5, 2012

This weekend retreat will offer women 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 stories as source and resource, participants will discover ways to build community and carve and create new ideas in their work. Participants will experiment with, share, and explore devising techniques. All weekend long they will reflect and relax while generating opportunities for connection and discovery.

With support from the
Ford Foundation
Washington, DC Office
1000 Vermont Avenue NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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New York City Office
One East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
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