Animating Democracy implements special initiatives to address significant field needs and interests. Current initiatives include:
The Arts & Social Change MAPPING Initiative maps and highlights the spectrum of ways the arts are being activated to engage and make change through online PROFILES of those doing and supporting the work and through writings and other resources in the LANDSCAPE of Arts for Change.
The Arts & Civic Engagement IMPACT Initiative works to advance understanding among practitioners, funders, and other stakeholders of the social impact of arts-based civic engagement and social change work.
For descriptions of past initiatives and links to related resources, see HISTORY.
Animating Democracy offers lively and interactive one-day and two-day workshops; keynote presentations; and sessions at conferences and within other training programs that:
- inspire, introduce, and make the case for the many exciting ways the arts can promote civic participation and community engagement;
- share principles and effective practices of arts-based civic engagement and dialogue;
- provide tools and frameworks for turning ideas into engaging programs;
- introduce principles and practices for assessing social impact; and
- build civic engagement skills.
Contact Animating Democracy to bring Civic Engagement workshops and presentations to your community.
Animating Democracy consults and makes referrals in areas related to designing, implementing, funding, and assessing arts and civic engagement and social change work. We conduct research that can assist practitioners, funders, and policy makers in their efforts to connect arts and culture to community, civic, and social change.
Contact Animating Democracy for consultation, research, and referrals.
Animating Democracy mounts periodic convenings focusing on arts for change that support the exchange of knowledge, examination of practices, and discussion of arts for change work within and across sectors.