Author(s): Walsh, Patricia
Date of Publication: December 2018

Document of the evaluation results for the Natick Center Creative Placemaking Demonstration Projects.

Author(s): Sanchez, Graciela; preface by Assaf, Andrea
Date of Publication: Oct 18, 2021

Arte es Vida is an ongoing program of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio. Supported by Animating Democracy from 2001 to 2003, Arte es Vida addresses issues of cultural equity and democracy, examining “the role of artistic and cultural expression in a society that inherits the deep wounds, economic and political disparities, and continuing practices of injustice that are the legacy of cultural domination in the United States.” It explores cultural grounding—the concept that a strong sense of selfhood and identity, as rooted in creative expression and

Author(s): Korza, Pam
Date of Publication: June 2013

This paper synthesizes key insights from MicroFest: USA—part festival, part learning exchange—orchestrated in 2012–2013 by the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) to take a fresh look at the roles of art, culture, and artists in creating healthy vibrant communities. MicroFest shone a light on a spectrum of cultural production, including ensemble theaters, that is traditionally under the radar in official or conventional creative placemaking strategies, but that constitutes a critical part of the cultural ecosystem. This paper draws from the experiences and dialogues of

Author(s): Holo, Selma
Date of Publication: Nov 17, 2021

Animating Democracy invited museum studies scholar Selma Holo to write an article from ideas and themes she found compelling at the Animating Democracy Learning Exchange held in Seattle in May 2002. Her article responds to the arts-based civic dialogue work of the three museums participating in the Animating Democracy Lab--the Andy Warhol Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington--comparing it to other museums whose efforts have intersected with the sphere of civic ideas and issues.

Author(s): Takeshita, Erik
Date of Publication: May 2013

In his essay, Erik Takeshita, Program Officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in the Twin Cities, explores the experience of MicroFest: New Orleans and observes that art requires four characteristics to have a positive, sustainable impact on community: Residents and communities are the agents of change, not the targets of change….Art is at the center….Place matters….Art works across sectors and is collaborative. Based on a panel held in the St. Claude neighborhood, he examines common issues in community development: the role of race in community

Author(s): McQueen, Ann
Date of Publication: March 2013

The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) makes grants to artists and artist-centered nonprofits to assure that East Bay’s multi-cultural, multi-racial artists have the resources they need to advance their community-based practices, tackle social issues, and give back to local audiences. The foundation’s arts grantmaking of close to $250,000 is drawn from three donor-supported funds that, despite separate awards processes, work synergistically to advance art that grows out of and impacts the East Bay community. The Macpherson Fund for Small Arts Organizations, an endowed fund,

Author(s): Atlas, Caron; Korza, Pam
Date of Publication: 2005

Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art and Civic Dialogue is a collection of essays that explore art, civic dialogue, and reflective critical writing. Twelve essays focus on three compelling and very different projects supported by Animating Democracy that employed the unique capacities of theater, visual art, and historic preservation to initiate crucial conversations within communities. 

Author(s): Southam, Gordon Hamilton
Date of Publication: Dec 31, 1964

There are many points in common between the story I have to tell and what has been happening in this country. Time and time again as I read the Rockefeller Panel Report on the performing arts, I had the pleasure of sidelining passages that we might have written ourselves. This is my delicate way of suggesting how good it is! The one great difference lies in the all-important role in our project played by our federal goverment, and I expect it would interest you if I went into this in some detail.

Author(s): Teschner, Richard R.
Date of Publication: Dec 31, 1964

During World War II a group of business women's luncheon clubs in Milwaukee asked fifteen businessmen to meet with them. They reminded them that the Milwaukee Memorial to the Soldiers of World War I was a flagpole in a very small park in a now very sorry neighborhood and suggested that a cultural center would be a more fitting memorial to those who fought in World War II.

Author(s): Severns, O. William
Date of Publication: Dec 31, 1964

I want to present a few of the problems and satisfactions we experienced in Los Angeles. I want to mention what I call the possible barrier effect of knowledge and experience. Most important, I want to say a word or two about a challenge.