Animating Democracy E-News - Animating Democracy March 2010 E-News (Plain Text Version)
News from the Field
Reanimating Lots for Community Dialogue
Printing with Purpose: Exhibit from Leeway Highlights Activist Printmaking
The Leeway Foundation presents Shouts from the Wall, an exhibition of approximately 50 limited-edition prints, posters, and apparel, covering issues of current national and global interest created by members of Taller Tupac Amaru, an Oakland-based artist collective dedicated to the production and public distribution of political posters; members of the Philadelphia-based collective RECLAIM: Silk Screen Production and Community Workshop; and individual local artists.
The artists featured in Shouts from the Wall work to foster a resurgence in printmaking mediums by producing original posters, prints, and apparel for community-based grassroots organizations throughout the country. The bold graphics and direct messages in the works build upon a rich tradition of social activism, and the issues they explore are both timely and relevant.
Viewings are by appointment only March 25–June 25 at the Leeway Foundation Offices in Philadelphia. To schedule a viewing call 215.545.4078.
Performance Sparks Student Dialogue on Current Constitutional Issues
Living News, a live theatrical performance in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, introduces current constitutional issues to students and encourages them to explore their points of view on timely issues. Incorporating three actors, video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts, Living News energizes students by including them in the discussion throughout the performance, as well as a 30-minute post-performance dialogue.The performance runs March 8–June 11, 2010.
Imagining America National Conference Call for Proposals
Imagining America welcomes proposals that engage the broad conference theme and are particularly focused on innovations that span the virtual and embodied networks, built and natural environments, and local and global processes that shape existing and emerging forms of public scholarship. To learn more about the conference and proposal submissions, please download the call for proposals.
Publications and Resources
Evidence of Change: Exploring Civic Engagement Evaluation
In many cases, not knowing how to demonstrate the results of civic engagement and social change work has hindered service providers from adopting these activities and has prevented them from receiving funding for this work. This report summarizes the recent efforts of the Building Movement Project, the Alliance for Children and Families, and the Ms. Foundation for Women who came together to respond to this call for methods and tools for measuring the impact of social change work. It offers a look into how organizations currently view their relationship with impact measurement and then presents a brief summary of the key findings that came out of the Civic Engagement Evaluation Summit convened by the partner organizations. The report culminates with a set of recommendations for how to increase the nonprofit sector’s capacity to respond to the increasing need for tools to measure the impact of civic engagement and social change work.
For the full report, visit www.buildingmovement.org/news/entry/160.
The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future through Art
The slideshow entitled The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future Through Art features 10 Vermont artists who were selected for the Art of Action project—an initiative conceived by philanthropists Lyman Orton and Janice Izzi and supported by the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Folklife Center, and the Orton Family Foundation. Through the project, the artists and the art they create become a vehicle and a catalyst for discussing and shaping the future of Vermont. The slideshow can be viewed at www.orton.org/page/art_of_action. [return to top]
Events on the Horizon
At the Crossroads: A Community Arts and Development Convening
In addition, join Animating Democracy for a Special Pre-Convening Workshop, entitled What Difference Are We Making? Assessing Social Impact of Arts for Community Change, on Thursday, March 25.
For more information about At the Crossroads, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.art-stl.com/convene.
The event will feature a staged reading by NewShoe Theatre Group of Mixed Relief, a one-act play that juxtaposes voices of women writers of the WPA with contemporary women theater artists. Following the reading, a panel of leading arts activists will discuss new strategies to increase arts funding and promote cultural equality.
For information or registration details, e-mail email@example.com.
Dance Exchange Institute
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