Animating Democracy August 2012 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
WEBINAR: Public Art Evaluation: Principles & Methodology for Measuring Social Impact
For more information, please visit the Americans for the Arts webinar page or register now.
News from the Field
12 Boston Organizations Receive $650,000 Culture for Change Grant
The Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation announced that 12 organizations will share $650,000 in grants to begin a new phase of the Culture for Change initiative. The program, originally piloted in 2008 by the Barr Foundation, is a unique approach to out-of-school time youth development. Centering on partnerships between professional artists and youth workers, Culture for Change enables youth to build fluency in an art form while both exploring and taking leadership on issues of racial justice that are of importance to them. Read the full press release.
Timothy Eatman and Scott Peters Named New Imagining America Co-Directors
Eatman has provided national leadership as IA’s director of research for the last eight years, and since 2007 has been assistant professor of higher education in SU’s School of Education. He continues as a faculty member in the Higher Education Department.
New Publications and Resources
Check out a new resource on the IMPACT page!
This article suggests that the accountability movement is “setting a floor for minimum standards” and has consequences for effective social change work. Foundations, in particular, measure impact in terms of attentiveness to accountability standards, but this is a false measure of success. Instead, the organization’s focus should be on its transformative value to society. Bare gives significant attention to the area of education as a study in evaluation, accountability, and social change. After a review of this complex area with examples of failures and successes, he suggests eight imaginative tools to advance social change.
Innovative Evaluation Tool!
Through the use of computer-generated maps, Maxson offers an innovative tool and visual aid for story-based program evaluation (similar to a word tree or tree map). Driven by an analysis of text, these maps show the “overlap between how an organization describes itself (to donors) and how storytellers describe the organization or some relevant social problem.” Most importantly, what these visual aids reveal is that some “donor communications have little in common with project beneficiary stories.” Social change organizations could use this visual mapping exercise to understand how their purposes and goals align or misalign with their constituents and their understanding of a complex social issue.
Music2Life Releases New Social Change Music Database
Music2Life was founded by Noel "Paul" Stookey (of the trio Peter, Paul
and Mary) and daughter Liz Stookey Sunde. The organization aims to
harness the power of music — through technology, artist engagement and
education — to support musicians, fans and their social causes.
Calls for Proposals
BCideas Competition: Solutions for Stronger Communities
Introducing a collaborative, competition based in British Columbia, where social entrepreneurs enter their ideas and programs to gain funding and support. This competition seeks innovative solutions to health, social, and environmental challenges facing BC communities today and in the future. More than $250,000 in investments will be awarded to top entries. Entrants will also have the opportunity to access additional investments following the competition.
Please join us in congratulating the two early entry investment recipients, Our Local Markets and Swan Bay Rediscovery, and mini-growth investment recipient, Gen Why Media! These entries demonstrate innovative and effective ideas for strengthening their communities. Read more about the early investment awawrds and the mini-growth award.
Live in BC? Curious about the submissions? Review entries or submit an idea. All submissions due by September 12 and funding will be determined through an online competition, starting October 19.
Cast Your Vote for the Make GOOD Art Challenge!
The GOOD Arts & Culture hub explores how creativity is used as a force for good, and it's looking to you for further inspiration and action. GOOD Maker has gathered proposals from artists, performers, teachers, and community members on how they would use $5,000 to inspire their community through the arts. Now GOOD is calling on you to determine which project should be funded. Voting runs from August 9 through August 23. Browse more than 130 inspirational ideas, such as a bicycle-pulled art classroom that travels to under-served neighborhoods and a program that would bring participatory art experiences to seniors in assisted centers. Rally your colleagues and friends to join the GOOD community in selecting the winner.
Events on the Horizon
Culture Project Presents the IMPACT 2012 Festival
The IMPACT 2012 A Festival of Political Art consists of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater, and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision-making process and the preservation of our democracy and Constitution. Now through August 26, artists, activists, musicians, directors, economists, provocateurs, filmmakers, patriots, and visionaries come together on the Culture Project stage. View the full schedule and event details.
As a venue for acclaimed, prize-winning performance, Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by shining an artistic spotlight on injustice. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, Culture Project aims to inspire and impact public dialogue, encouraging democratic participation in the society’s most urgent matters.
Nicholas Cohn Art Projects Presents Art and Social Activism
Nicholas Cohn Art Projects is pleased to present Art and Social Activism, a group exhibition featuring an international roster of artists working in a range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance, connected by their focus on social issues of national and global concern.
In collaboration with chashama, Nicholas Cohn Art Projects will transform an industrial building in Long Island City into a venue for socially motivated visual art. Art and Social Activism will highlight issues of community development, identity, discrimination, and the environment.
Music2Life Stand Up & Sing Open Master Class
2012 Art and Social Justice Conference: Arts, Crisis, and Social Transformation
The Gernika Peace Museum, Gernika Gogoratuz Peace Research Center, and the Culture House of Gernika are organizing the Third Annual Art & Social Justice Conference October 7–8 at The Gernika Peace Museum in Spain. The choice of location is a significant to the theme of art, crisis, and social transformation since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Gernika.
In a time of crisis, art manifests itself in different forms through critical thinking and a heightened sense of challenging injustice, hypocrisy, and inequalities. Artists play a key role in transforming people, societies, and cultures simply by reflecting on what is going on around them. The 2012 Art and Social Justice Conference will explore issues of governance, change, morality, freedom, justice, individual rights, sustainability, and society. Join practitioners from around the world for collaborative workshops, innovative discussion sessions, unique performances, and extraordinary displays of artistic work.
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