Animating Democracy News and Updates
Writers Wanted: Call for Animating Democracy Blog Salon, Does Size Matter?
The notion of scaling up has gained currency (and buzz) as arts organizations, artists, and funders seek greater impact from their efforts and investments. The idea of sharing something that is effective so that the benefits can be experienced by more people is attractive, especially when something is producing good results. Disseminating ideas, replicating programs, sharing models and practices, transferring skills and technology are all approaches to scaling up.
News from the Field
TRUST: Documentary on Albany Park Theater Project Wins Film Festival Awards
The documentary, TRUST, which follows the work of Albany Park Theater Project, a Chicago-based teen theater company, recently won two Best Documentary awards from Sebastonpol Documentary Film Festival and Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, as well as the Youth Vision Award from the United Nations Associated Film Festival. The film focuses on a group of underserved teenage actors whose lives are transformed through the process of creating a daring original play from the real life of Marlin, an 18-year-old Honduran company member. Preview the film's trailer and purchase a copy of the film at trustdocumentary.org/buy.
Spacing Out: Innovative Cultural Uses of Space
New Publications and Resources
Rural Arts and Culture Map
Conversation and collaboration are key elements in the creative process. The Rural Arts and Culture map is a platform for individuals across the country and world to share their artistic and cultural lives. This map was designed by Feral Arts and is hosted by Place Stories. These artists had the mission to create a space for inclusive, boundary-crossing storytelling to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.
Creative Time Report
Hear artists' voices as they analyze contemporary social issues and news from around the world. Creative Time Reports launched this October. It is a multimedia website founded on the belief that artists play a critical role in public discourse. The Report enables artists to disseminate original reporting and analysis in a variety of formats. The site also fosters ongoing dialogue across a variety of social-media platforms and encourages public feedback. Visit the Creative Time Report.
Museum 2.0 Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs
Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Nina Simon’s blog, Museum 2.0, explores the way that web 2.0 philosophies can be applied to museum design. While many of her blog posts feature thoughts on and examples of innovative, participatory museum work, one recent highlight was a guest blog by Stacey Marie Garcia, who shared some of the key points from her master’s thesis on community engagement in museum programming. Access the full version of Stacey's thesis.
Across the Pond, Tap the Table Theatre Reflects on Restructuring as a Social Enterprise
Calls for Proposals
Creative Placemaking: Call for 2013 Proposals
ArtPlace launches its third round of grant applications to support creative placemaking in communities across America. Creative placemaking is a means of investing in arts and culture through integrated strategies to drive vibrancy and diversity so as to transform communities. Thus far, ArtPlace has awarded $26.9 million in grants and up to $1 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country. Learn more about the application process.
Nominate an Arts Organization to Be Featured on Alternate ROOTS
Alternate ROOTS supports artists that create art with, in, and for their communities. They offer a variety of opportunities for art organizations to promote their work and secure funding. Alternate ROOTS has deadlines approaching for its artist funding and residency programs. It is also taking nominations for exceptional arts organizations in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month. Visit the website for more information.
Events on the Horizon
ASU’s Performance in the Borderlands Projects
ASU's Performance in the Borderlands Project is bringing artists, academics, activists, and community members together in a public forum to discuss how art can change and shape the city.
The Performance in the Borderlands Project is a research, education, and public programming initiative dedicated to the understanding and promotion of cultural performance in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, and all the cultures this region comprises.
What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA hosts presentations from artists and curators who participated in or visited one of this year's most important exhibitions in contemporary art, dOCUMENTA (13). Panelists will look at projects and reflect on their relation to social practice right now. What can we learn from the art projects, curatorial practice, expanded notions of location, pedagogy, and their intersections?
Vote and Make Art Day
Andrew Purchin calls for artists to make art on Election Day. On November 6, 2012, people will make art of any kind, in public for at least five minutes as close as they can to their polling place. Participants can post photos or videos of their art making experience on our Facebook page, 1000 Artists: Presidential Inauguration 2013, and it will automatically show up on athousandartists.com/news. “Vote and Make Art Day” capitalizes on creativity to promote reflection in our democratic political process.
LACE: Can LA Make Socially Engaged Art Happen?
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