Arts and Civic Engagement: Tool Kit from Animating Democracy

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Americans for the Arts
Animating Democracy resource

This comprehensive toolkit features customizable worksheets containing thoughtful questions, clarifying sidebars, and examples to help users plan, design, and partner to create meaningful engagement activities. Available free for download, the toolkit includes: a context for understanding the possibilities at the intersection of art and civic life; definitions of common terms and diagrams to situate arts-based civic engagement work in a broader context of arts and community engagement; Imagine, Define, Design—a series of worksheets designed to help users define a project’s core artistic elements and civic or social concern and forge effective partnerships; a framework to create meaningful dialogue at arts events; and a compilation of civic engagement resources including organizations, websites, and publications.

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