Animating Democracy November 2012 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates
Exercise Your Right to VOTE Today…Twice!
Attention Members of Americans for the Arts: After you cast your vote for the next U.S. president, be sure to vote in this year’s Americans for the Arts Advisory Council elections. This is your opportunity to elect the nominees you want to lead your Network Council, so vote before elections close on Wednesday, November 21.
To view our current nominees and cast your vote, please click on any and/or all of the following council voting pages:log in to your account. Read more about our Advisory Council Elections.
NEW TREND PAPER: History Organizations and Engagement
Animating Democracy is honored that our work is cited and quoted in a new report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, examining the practice and presentation of American history in the National Park Service and at its sites (page 115). This national scan of civic engagement is further explored in our newest Trend Paper, History Organizations and Engagement by Pam Korza and Barbara Schaffer Bacon for the Heritage Philadelphia Program.
Check Out the New NET Papers from MicroFest: Detroit
Animating Democracy is pleased to partner with the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) to commission writings on NET’s MicroFest: USA. In events taking place in Detroit, Appalachia (Knoxville/Harlan), New Orleans, and Honolulu, MicroFest looks at the role art and artists are playing in creating healthy, vibrant communities. Explore MicroFest: Detroit through these pieces on the Animating Democracy website:
Special Feature: Election Day Resources
How the Candidates Stack Up on Arts Issues
Curious about what your candidate is saying on arts-related issues? Check out this handy chart comparing Obama and Romney’s stances. Wondering how your representatives vote when it comes to support of the Arts? Take a look at their scores with the Arts Action Fund’s 2012 Congressional Arts Report Card and learn how elections affect the arts.
FEATURED ORGANIZATION: Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote works at the intersection of popular culture and politics to engage and build political power for young people in our country. This mission is accomplished by providing tools for organizations to hold voter registration drives including do-it-yourself guides, promotional items, and downloadable registration forms while also connecting musical artists to voter registration efforts.
FEATURED PROJECT: A Thousand Artists
A Thousand Artists is a public art-making installation on the Washington Mall, which will occur on January 20 and 21, 2013 concurrent to Inauguration festivities. Artist of all kinds—painters, sculptors, radical knitters, dancers, collage artists, print makers—will descend on Washington, DC to document and reflect on the presidential inauguration. The goal of this project is to tie a pivotal historical event with the act of art-making, creativity, and reflection.
News from the Field
Knight Foundation Investing Nearly $20M in Detroit Arts
Arts groups in Detroit will share nearly $20 million donated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including $9 million to be awarded through a communitywide contest to boost the city's best arts ideas, the foundation announced Tuesday.
For more information, see the Knight Foundation's press release.
Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art
New Publications and Resources
Bringing Citizen Voices to the Table: A Guide for Public Managers
This important resource offers seven field-tested strategies for public managers to help them maximize citizen engagement as they implement the president's Open Government Directive. The core strategies for citizen engagement are:
The book includes project and leadership case studies from major federal agencies that elucidate the seven strategies in the context of real-world issues and challenges.
The First Steps to Meaningful Community Engagement
The question of how to meaningfully and authentically engage community members in planning and development efforts is both difficult and important. Achieving equitable neighborhood revitalization takes fusing the hopes, dreams, wisdom, and creative problem-solving of community members with the expertise, resources, and knowledge of planners, community developers, artists, public officials, the private sector, and others working to strengthen our communities. Neeraj Mehta’s blog post, The First Steps to Meaningful Community Engagement, speaks to the challenges of collective problem-solving and shared decision-making and includes a set of four starting principles for deeper engagement.Photo credit: A town hall meeting in West Hartford, CT. Credit: Sage Ross via Wikimedia Commons
Calls for Proposals
Call for Entries: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award
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