The Civic Engagement Track at the Americans for the Arts Convention invites arts administrators, activists, artists, and others to discuss the role that arts and culture can play in fostering civic participation and building healthy communities. Through case based sessions, experiential activity, and research updates, sessions will illuminate the many ways the arts are providing platforms for civic engagement and build participant skills for designing and delivering arts-based civic engagement opportunities in their own communities.

Engage Now! We are offering a series of audio conversations with practitioners and professionals who will present at the event. The first in our series explores the National Constitution Center’s  Living News project and features Nora Berger Green, Theater Programs Producer at the National Constitution Center and David Bradley, Living News Director. Through innovative use of theater, the project engages local youth around questions of citizenship and civic participation through the lens of the constitution. Listen, as Nora and David describe the project – and stay tuned to the end of the conversation for cues from David and Nora as we start some conversation and reflection in the comments below.

To learn more about the program and other tracks at the Convention, visit the Convention section of the website.



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