Whether you’re starting with art that could engage people around an issue or are motivated by an issue for which art could play a catalyzing or convening role, you’ll want to design your project for its greatest possible social or civic results. As you develop a project or program, this section offers tools from Animating Democracy’s Arts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit to help you design for success!
The Tool Kit offers both arts and community organizers practical tools to plan and implement effective and meaningful arts-based civic engagement projects.
Specific impact related resources include:
Clarify desired outcomes to guide assessment of your project’s effects on community (or audience), your organization, and on the creative work or programming.
Other selected elements include:
Consider effective roles for art as SPARK, INVITATION, SPACE, or FORM of engagement.
Enhance impact by identifying viable “moments” within a whole project where engagement can be intentionally fostered.
Use worksheets and examples to design art and engagement activities that create meaningful experiences for participants and publics.