Animating Democracy June 2012 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
Reclaiming the F-Word: Folk Arts, Shifting Populations, & Civic Engagement
In this hour-long webinar, we will explore the importance of folk and traditional arts, highlighting how they connect individuals to their communities, foster dialogue between groups, and build cultural and civic capacity. Presenters will offer you examples of folk and traditional arts as a method for creating civic engagement and social change and show how they are key to both preservation and participation.
Presenters: Betsy Peterson; Executive Director of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Amy Kitchener; and Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program Maria Rosario Jackson
To register, please visit eo2.commpartners.com/users/afta/session.php?id=8072.
For some background reading on the incredible role that folk art plays in preserving culture and cultivating civic engagement, check out Betsy Peterson’s trend paper on folk and traditional arts and social change. See also Lori Pourier’s paper, Culture Bearers as Agents of Change and Edward Wemytewa’s paper, Echoes of the Earth in Times of Climate Change below.
New Trend Papers!
Calls for Proposals & Feedback
Seeking Examples of Innovative Approaches to Data Collection, Evaluation, and Communication
Animating Democracy’s May 2012 blog salon on evaluating the social impact of the arts provided interesting examples of how organizations
are increasingly able to capture data and evaluate their work. A common
theme among the blog contributors was that the artistic process could
be used to enliven and strengthen this type of documentation and
Send your on-the-ground stories, examples, and creative evaluation tools to Animating Democracy Program Coordinator Joanna Chin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Publications and Resources
HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S., edited by Doug Borwick
Building Communities, Not Audiences identifies the factors that serve to isolate established arts organizations from their communities, points out the trends that loom as imminent threats to the long-term viability of the artistic status quo, and presents principles and mechanisms whereby arts organizations can significantly extend their reach into the community, supporting enhanced sustainability. Included are case studies and examples of successful community engagement work being conducted by arts organizations from across the United States. Twenty-three contributors, representing chamber music, dance, museums, opera, orchestras, and theaters as well as an array of arts administration perspectives provide breadth of coverage.
The book includes forewords by President and CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Rocco Landesman.
Events on the Horizon
Participate in the National Center for Civic and Human Rights Groundbreaking Ceremony
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) invites you to play a virtual role in their groundbreaking ceremony which will take place June 27, 2012.
NCCHR is creating a brief video to symbolically demonstrate how the Center will help connect the world’s civil and human rights leaders for thought-provoking dialogue and interactive exhibits that bridge global gaps. A link to the video will be sent to global media outlets, posted on Facebook and YouTube, and incorporated into our ongoing marketing efforts. The theme is “Today, we make history."
All you need to participate is a cell phone or Flip Cam that captures video and an Internet connection. If you’re willing to participate, all we need right now is your name, e-mail, and a mailing address. You will receive a brief set of specific instructions and a branded construction hard hat (via U.S. mail or UPS) for use in the video after confirming your participation. The package will include brief talking points and video upload instructions.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Director of Communications and Marketing Isha Lee (email@example.com).
Reserve Your Spot for Sojourn Theatre's Summer Workshop, Devising Civic Theatre: Performance, Social Practice & Dialogue
Taking place in the Forum Theatre/Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, this training is geared toward artists working in theater, education, and community settings. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the techniques and strategies Sojourn Theatre Artistic Director Michael Rohd uses in collaborative work with groups in a variety of settings to:
The fee for the workshop is $160. It is limited to 30 participants. To register, please visit brownpapertickets.com/event/249487.
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