Expanding Civic Engagement.

AASCU's American Democracy Project

By Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy

What role do arts and culture play in preparing young people to be the next generation of active citizens, problems solvers, decision makers, and leaders in their communities?  More broadly, how do arts and culture serve as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change?

These two questions are top of mind under the two hats I wear as co-director of Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, and as a National Advisory Board member of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life—a consortium of 90 colleges and universities and their partners that advances the possibilities of humanities, arts, and design to generate knowledge and initiatives that contribute to the public good.

The answers to these questions are wide-ranging.

Some iconic artists and projects come to mind:

V-Day’s College and Community Campaigns use playwright Eve Ensler’s…

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