Special Initiatives

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.

Publications & Resources

Publications featuring books, case studies, essays, and other resources exploring arts-based civic engagement and social change. 



Monthly news about Animating Democracy, people, resources, opportunities, events, and arts-based civic engagement and social change activities. View the Animating Democracy E-News archives and subscribe.


Workshops & Consulting

Workshops, referral, and consulting services related to designing, implementing, funding, and assessing arts and civic engagement and social change work.



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.