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POWER + CHARACTER = CITIZENSHIP

CITIZENFEST

CitizenFEST is a festive learning summit on how to exercise civic power, held in three communities across the country. Activists, artists, and everyday citizens come together for a unique blend of art, creativity, and the concrete skills of effective change-making. Our country needs more people to show up in more places to practice power in more ways. Join us!

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How do you get your voice heard? How do you change a rigged system? How do you stir others out of apathy or connect with those with whom you disagree? We’ll tackle these questions and more in a day and a half of skill-building workshops, artistic performances, and deep community conversations. Participants will leave with practical strategies of civic power to apply in their own work, new connections with community members, and new ideas and inspiration for the work at hand.

 

PAST EVENTS:

 

May 11-12: New Orleans, LA

in partnership with the Family Independence Initiative

 

September 7-8: Dallas, TX

in partnership with the Embrey Family Foundation

 

October 12-13: Memphis, TN

in partnership with The Fourth Bluff

 

While all three CitizenFEST gatherings have already taken place, check out our other programs to see how you can get involved.

 

Fellowship and Common Purpose

Civic Saturday

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to a faith gathering: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic religion—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us. At Civic Saturday, we gather, we sing, we share readings of American civic scripture, we hear poetry, stories and a civic sermon. It is free and open to all.

Civic Saturday began in Seattle, and this year, is expanding to cities across the country. See the full list of dates below!

For updates join our mailing list & Facebook.

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There are three ways to attend Civic Saturday:

(1) Come to a gathering in Seattle
(2) Join us at one of our 8 partner events in cities across the country
(3) Attend a Seminary-led Civic Saturday, organized by our incredible cohort of “Civic Seminarians” who are bringing the movement to their home communities.

 

Seattle Dates 

National Dates   

Civic Seminarian Dates 

April 28
NAAM
January 20: New York, NY
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
April 28: Indianapolis, IN
Glendale Library
June 2
El Centro de la Raza
March 31: Nashville, TN
The Basement East
May 5: Phoenix, AZ
ASU
August 4
Hillman City Collaboratory
May 5: Des Moines, IA
Grand View University
May 26: Chicago, IL
October 20
Fremont Abbey
June 23: Atlanta, GA June 16: Pinehurst, NC
Dec 8
Location TBD
Sep 29: Portland, ME
Portland Public Library
June 30: Georgetown, TX
Nov 10: Los Angeles, CA
Skirball Cultural Center
July 7: Portland, OR
Dec 15: Lincoln, NE Aug 11: Washington, DC
Aug 18: Chicago, IL
Sep 8: Washington, DC
Sep 29: St. Petersburg, FL
Oct 3: Cookeville, TN
Oct 27: Nashville, TN
Nov 17: Athens, TN

Information will be updated as it becomes available, so check back often!

It’s A Free Country 10/20/18
Seattle, WA

The Trails and Paths of Conscience 9/29/18
Portland, ME

Reading Our Country 8/4/18
Seattle, WA

Too Busy to Love 6/23/18
Atlanta, GA

Are We Enough? 6/2/18
Seattle, WA ~ Watch here

A Test of Our Citizenship 5/5/18
Des Moines, IA

Time Travel 4/28/18
Seattle, WA ~ Watch here

Become America 3/31/18
Nashville, TN

Which Dream Do You Dream? 2/3/18
Seattle, WA ~ Watch here

The Citizen Artist 1/20/18
New York, NY

A Practicing Citizen 12/16/17
Seattle, WA

A Thanksgiving Recipe 11/18/17
Seattle, WA

Gratitude, Luck, Risk 10/1/17
Seattle, WA

Still More Perfect 9/16/17
New York, NY

Fear and Hoarding 6/17/17
Seattle, WA

Legitimate Doubts 5/20/17
Seattle, WA ~ Listen here

A Great Awakening 4/8/17
Seattle, WA ~ Listen here

Where Is America? 2/4/17
Seattle, WA

Alternate Realities 1/14/17
Seattle, WA

If We Can Keep It 12/17/16
Seattle, WA

Present at the Creation 11/26/16
Seattle, WA

A Divided Heart 11/12/16
Seattle, WA

 

Citizen University is for everyone
New Day Northwest 

2017 Artists of the Year
City Arts

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A Cure For Post Election Malaise
The Atlantic 

Infinite Power
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Preparing Citizens to Lead

Civic Seminary

The Citizen University Civic Seminary prepares everyday citizens to lead their communities toward a renewed sense of shared civic power and moral purpose. Seminarians explore the ethical foundations of their beliefs (and those of others), learn to craft and deliver catalytic sermons that draw on both the current day and the civic traditions of our society, and ultimately create a Civic Saturday Program where they live and work.

Applications for the 2019 Class are now closed.

Sign up on our interest form to be notified when the next application cycle opens.

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We launched the Civic Seminary to meet the rising demand for Civic Saturday gatherings in other places, and to allow citizen leaders to shape a Civic Saturday practice in their own communities. Since completing the program, our inaugural class of Civic Seminarians have held Civic Saturdays in cities across the country, from St. Petersburg, FL to Georgetown, TX to the south side of Chicago and everywhere in between.

The 2019 class of Civic Seminary Fellows will be selected in November 2018 for one of our four cohorts. Fellows will attend one Seminary Training in Seattle, WA before leading Civic Saturdays in their own communities.

2019 Applications are closed.
Sign up on our interest form to be notified when the next application cycle opens.

“I came away feeling like I have a real strategy in my pocket to ignite the civic spirit of my hometown.”

“Stay faithful, be inspired, and know that change agents have support. This opportunity is invaluable for the work ahead.”

 

Cohort 1 • January 2018 Cohort 2 • July 2018
Molly Cohen • Providence, RI Felix Endara • New York, NY
Diego Duran-Medina • St. Petersburg, FL Emily Jacobs • Ellensburg, WA
Joanna Grace Farmer • Kansas City, MO Kofi Kenyatta • Detroit, MI
Wayde Grinstead • Chicago, IL Whitney Kimball Coe • Knoxville, TN
Erin Kelley • Indianapolis, IN Kristin Leong • Seattle, WA
Katherine Kerr Kubatzky • Georgetown, TX Tamara Power-Drutis • Seattle, WA
Alberto Reyes-Olivas • Phoenix, AZ Benjamin Rexroad • Akron, OH
Andrew Slack • Washington, DC Joel Snyder • Los Angeles, CA
Susan Southard • Southern Pines, NC Kate Tucker • Nashville, TN
Wendy Willis • Portland, OR Ryan Werenka • Detroit, MI

To learn more about upcoming events from these Civic Seminarians and Citizen University, click the “Attend a Civic Saturday” tab here.

Empowering the Rising Generation

Youth Collaboratory

The Youth Collaboratory is a year-long program for 24 highly-motivated students from around the country who are passionate about civic engagement and making a positive change in their communities and country. The Youth Collaboratory is one component of Citizen University’s Youth Power Project, a multi-year effort supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation to empower and connect a rising generation of civic leaders and doers. The application for the 2019 Youth Collaboratory is open now!

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Members of the 2019 Youth Collaboratory will spend the year sharpening their literacy in civic power while traveling to cities around the nation and meeting with national civic innovators. They participate in interactive workshops led by Eric Liu and Citizen University educators, collaborate with CU staff to develop, test, and optimize programs to engage youth nation-wide, and individually complete independent projects in their communities. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change-makers and gain the skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power.

The Youth Collaboratory program includes:

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals to attend three meetings of the Youth Collaboratory in 2019:
    • Feb. 20-22 in Malibu, CA
    • May 15-17 in Chicago, IL
    • Sept. 11-13 in Washington, DC
  • Tools and workshop trainings to become powerful, engaged citizen leaders
  • Connections with civic innovators and mentors
  • Connections with other student leaders and innovators from around the country

Who is eligible:

  • Applicants must be current high school sophomores or juniors
  • Applicants must live in the United States
  • Applicants must be able to attend all three of the Youth Collaboratory meetings
  • Students who come from backgrounds that historically have less access to power and civic opportunity are especially encouraged to apply, specifically young people of color, immigrants, and young women.

Application:

  • The application deadline is November 13, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • View a PDF of the application here
  • Apply now

Please contact Ben Phillips at ben@citizenuniversity.us with any questions.

In this era of economic and political inequality, the work of power literacy is especially urgent, nowhere more so than in the rising generation of young people who will be facing the consequences of today’s polarization and inequality for years to come. Armed with the knowledge, skills, connections, and experience of the Youth Collaboratory, our diverse cohort of passionate young people will be prepared to be true leaders of civic change in America for the next generation.

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The application due date is Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 11:59pm PT. If you have questions about this application, please contact Ben Phillips at ben@citizenuniversity.us.

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The 2019 cohort of the Youth Collaboratory is the third cohort of this exciting and innovative program. In the first two years of the program, participants came from over 20 states representing every region of the country, with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Here is some of what they had to say about the Youth Collaboratory:

“The highlight was getting to meet with the Civic Collaboratory, to really connect to people in the successful, professional world and talk to them about the issues and projects that they’re working on. It’s really inspiring.”

“I was shocked at the space we created, that we allowed each other to feel safe expressing our opinions and views.”

“I was so pleased to be welcomed into a group that taught me how to be the best civic version of myself that I could be.”

Follow Citizen University on social media, to learn more about the Youth Collaboratory and other programs!

Lessons in Civic Power

Citizen University TV

Our award-winning show offers lessons in how to be an effective, change-making citizen. Every episode features case studies of leadership in action and breaks down the elements of civic power.

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Reinvigorating a Culture of Voting

Joy of Voting

Parades, street theatre, open-air debates, and festivals – these were once part of America’s culture of voting and it’s time to revive them. With the support of the Knight Foundation, we’re partnering with artists, activists, designers, and citizens in cities around the country to launch initiatives to create creative, communal experiences and rituals around local voting.

This year the Joy of Voting project will be taking place in four cities around the country.

Projects have kicked-off in Akron, Charlotte, Grand Forks, and West Palm Beach! Click on the city below to learn about the events and projects coming up near you.

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Deriving its vision from an article in The Atlantic written by Eric Liu, Citizen University has launched initiatives in seven cities where Knight invests to generate creative celebrations and joyful public rituals that encourage people to vote.

Citizen University piloted the program in four cities for the November 2016 general election, and in three more for local elections in 2017. Projects included independent art exhibits, block parties, community-based theater, interactive apps, and other citizen-generated activities centered around engaging peers.

Joy of Voting continues in 2018 in four other cities around the country hosting local and midterm elections. These experiments will serve as models of what a vibrant, participatory culture of voting could look like. Follow this project, and share your own ideas via Twitter using the hashtag #JoyOfVoting.

Learn more about past projects:

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Akron Projects

The North Hill Diversity and Freedom Mural Project, led by Asian Services in Akron, invites individuals of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to help create a mural representing a diverse neighborhood and the freedom that voting provides to communities of color.

The Big Love Network will build excitement around voting with a two step approach: first instigating a parade for youths and musicians to spread the word about registration and voting, and then following up with a “Souls to the Polls” Party where voters can be educated about issues and action items. Join the party on October 28th and November 4th! 

MA’Sue Productions’ “Street Theatre Attack” will stage a game show around town, asking Akronians “Who wants to vote?!” Look for them around town while you are out and and about! 

Wandering Aesthetics will host the debate of the century — a Battle Royale for the Heart of Democracy. The hour-long debates will show-off a range of comedic techniques — from slapstick to clowning — to engage viewers and build conversation around a central question: “Should I vote?” The next debate is happening Saturday, October 20 at North Hill Branch Library and additional events will take place the following two Saturdays. Get all the gritty details on the  Battle Royale website, then RSVP at the Facebook event here

Members of the W.O.M.B. community garden invites community members to join them for Plotting Your Vote: food, music, art, and storytelling in the garden! Activities will include cooking demonstrations, Expression Lounge/Open mic opportunities, and the creation of a large cross stitch mural. The first gathering is September 30 and the fun continues on October 14th, October 28th, and November 4th. Join them in the garden! 

 

Check back soon for updates on event dates and locations!

Charlotte Projects

The Southeast Asian Coalition’s (SEAC) characteristic “turn up” style party will take place near the city’s early voting sites. Come turn-up with Viet coffee and Thai tea, then learn all about local candidates political issues from SEAC members. The October 28 event will focus on educating and engaging Mecklenburg County’s Southeast Asian voters. Get turnt up at the Sugar Creek Library! Event details here

At the October 11 Get-Out-the-Student-Vote-Festival, the 49er Democracy Experience educated, engaged, and registered to vote members of the UNC Charlotte student body. While festival-goers enjoyed food, games, and musical performances from UNC Charlotte groups, local government officials and candidates made themselves available for conversations and questions! See photos from the event and other Joy of Voting-related pics in our photo album here

Hannah Hasan and her group Epoch Tribe will host a “Vote So Hard” Open Mic Experience that celebrates voting through live performances that span the artistic spectrum, from visual to performance culinary — all by local creatives and all centered around the theme of civic engagement. The experience is going down on Saturday, October 20th at Warehouse 242. Get details on the Vote So Hard website, then RSVP using the Vote So Hard Facebook event

For its inaugural Brews & Ballots event, The Millennial Voice of Mecklenburg County invites their peers to share beers with local political candidates at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Get your card signed by five politicians and receive a complimentary beer while you get your election-related questions answered!  

Lisette Torres, Dammit Wesley, and Carlos Lebron’s community event “One Nation Under a Groove,” taking place at Charlotte’s Camp North, will feature unique pieces by local artists, simulations of voting booths for kids or new voters, a photo booth, information on the history of voting, a historically-rooted fashion show with outfits made from recycled materials — and more!  Join the party on Sunday, November 4th at Camp North End. 

 

Check back soon for updates on event dates and locations!

Grand Forks Projects

ArtNestND invites high school students to create unique “I voted” stickers. Following the open contest, organizers will select seven unique designs — one to be used at each of the seven polling locations in Grand Forks.

The Global Friends Coalition and New Flavors Food Truck will hold three events to celebrate citizenship and demonstrate the pathway toward its pinnacle: voting. Voting123, held in neighborhoods where new Americans live or go to school, will be inclusive block parties with food trucks, entertainment, and hands-on education. The gatherings will take place on October 16th, October 30th, and November 6th, and you can find locations and more details on the Global Friends Coalition site or on the Facebook events here and here

Want to vote in style? Robin David’s “Party to the Polls” project will offer Grand Forks residents the opportunity to get a ride to their polling place aboard a party bus. The busses will offer snacks, activities, and a celebrity host, as well as give voters the chance to socialize and debate with co-workers before casting their ballot. 

The Young Invincibles will host four large celebrations — three during early voting and one on Election Day — at polling locations around town and on the UND campus. Enjoy free food and entertainment with fellow civically-minded Grand Forkeans!

The Digital Press at UND, led by professor Eric Burin, will be soliciting, collecting, and sharing favorite voting memories from Grand Forks residents. After gathering recollections from times of yore, the Press will design unique representations for each one and add them to their publication. Check out the Digital Press’s JoV website and get access to one or two a day in the month leading up to Election Day!

 

Check back soon for updates on event dates and locations!

West Palm Beach Projects

Using art and entertainment from the West African tradition, Afrique Ngozi Dance & Drum’s Art in Public Places event will share materials and information about the history and importance of voting. The one-time creative spectacular will take place at CityPlace on October 7. Find out more and RSVP here

The Boys & Girls Clubs in West Palm Beach (the Marjorie Fisher Boys & Girls Club and the Florence De George Boys & Girls Club) will each host two family fiestas before Election Day — each one featuring catered meals, DJs and entertainment, mock election games,  an “ I CAN VOTE! “ selfie studio, an interactive presentation on the voting process, and gift raffles. Checkout the pictures in our Facebook album

“Red, White, and Bowl,” hosted by Comic Cure, is a family-friendly series of three events that promote participation in the midterm elections by registering, informing, and empowering local residents to vote. Guests will get a chance to bowl against locally elected officials. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to bowling champions, skee-ball extraordinaires, and election-themed “Trivia Bowl” winners. Get the details and RSVP on the Red, White, and Bowl Facebook event page. 

Jumping jacks! The Flamingo Clay Studio will create jumping jack puppets (two-times life-size!) to spread the word about registering to vote and voting on Election Day! The jumping jacks will make friends with their neighbors, throw parties, and make sure that party-goers vote, so look for them around town in the lead-up to the midterm elections!

The Palm Beach County Youth Foundation invites you to enjoy their endor-able show as they elect our first Ewok president! The event will feature a mock election with Ewok and Twi’lek voters, a candidate stump speech, diverse costumes, and Jawas at the ready for big trades with big voters.

Community activist Claudia Mendoza introduces Zumbaton: a gathering of over 200 people exercising, dancing, and promoting civic engagement! Attendees will receive t-shirts with important messages so that the dancers behind them can learn while they exercise. The event will be a space for the Hispanic community to come together and make their voices heard with others who want to engage with the local elections. Get your Zumba on October 21 at the Loibels Fitness Dance Center in Boca Raton and on October 27 at the Escuela de Karate in WPB!!

 

Check back soon for updates on event dates and locations!

This year the Joy of Voting project will be taking place in four cities around the country.

Projects have kicked-off in Akron, Charlotte, Grand Forks, and West Palm Beach!

Akron

The North Hill Diversity and Freedom Mural Project, led by Asian Services in Akron, invites individuals of all ethnic and religious backgrounds to help create a mural representing a diverse neighborhood and the freedom that voting provides to communities of color.

The Big Love Network will build excitement around voting with a two step approach: first instigating a parade for youths and musicians to spread the word about registration and voting, and then following up with a “Souls to the Polls” Party where voters can be educated about issues and action items.

MA’Sue Productions’ “Street Theatre Attack” will stage a game show around town, asking Akronians “Who wants to vote?!” Look for them around town while you are out and and about! 

Wandering Aesthetics will host the debate of the century — a battle royale for the heart of democracy. The hour-long debates will show-off a range of comedic techniques — from slapstick to clowning — to engage viewers and build conversation around a central question: “Should I vote?” The debates will take place once a week in the month leading up to the November mid-term elections, starting on October 6th at the Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret.

Members of the W.O.M.B. community garden invites community members to join them for food, music, art, and storytelling in the garden! Activities will include cooking demonstrations, Expression Lounge/Open mic opportunities, and the creation of a large cross stitch mural. The first gathering is September 30 and they happen every other Sunday until Election Day. 

 

Charlotte

The Southeast Asian Coalition’s (SEAC) characteristic “turn up” style party will take place near the city’s early voting sites. Come turn-up with Viet coffee and Thai tea, then learn all about local candidates political issues from SEAC members. The event will focus on educating and engaging Mecklenburg County’s Southeast Asian voters.

The 49er Democracy Experience’s Get-Out-the-Student-Vote-Festival seeks to attract, educate, and involve the UNCC student body. While festival-goers enjoy food, games, and musical performances from UNCC groups, local government officials and candidates will be in attendance to chat and answer questions! They’ll be across from the UNCC student union building on October 11th, 10am – 2pm. Event details here. 

Hannah Hasan and her group Epoch Tribe will host a “Vote So Hard” Open Mic Experience that celebrates voting through live performances that span the artistic spectrum, from visual to performance culinary — all by local creatives and all centered around the theme of civic engagement. The experience is going down on Saturday, October 20th at Warehouse 242. 

For its inaugural Brews & Ballots event, The Millennial Voice of Mecklenburg County invites their peers to share beers with local political candidates at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Get your card signed by five politicians and receive a complimentary beer while you get your election-related questions answered!  Join them on Wednesday, October 17th. 

Lisette Torres, Dammit Wesley, and Carlos Lebron’s community event “One Nation Under a Groove,” taking place at Charlotte’s Camp North, will feature unique pieces by local artists, simulations of voting booths for kids or new voters, a photo booth, information on the history of voting, a historically-rooted fashion show with outfits made from recycled materials — and more!  

 

Grand Forks

ArtNestND invites high school students to create unique “I voted” stickers. Following the open contest, organizers will select seven unique designs — one to be used at each of the seven polling locations in Grand Forks.

The Global Friends Coalition and New Flavors Food Truck will hold three events to celebrate citizenship and demonstrate the pathway toward its pinnacle: voting. Voting123, held in neighborhoods where new Americans live or go to school, will be inclusive block parties with food trucks, entertainment, and hands-on education

Want to vote in style? Robin David’s “Party to the Polls” project will offer Grand Forks residents the opportunity to get a ride to their polling place aboard a party bus. The busses will offer snacks, activities, and a celebrity host, as well as give voters the chance to socialize and debate with co-workers before casting their ballot. Register for a ride and get more details here

The Young Invincibles will host four large celebrations — three during early voting and one on Election Day — at polling locations around town and on the UND campus. Enjoy free food and entertainment with fellow civically-minded Grand Forkeans!

The Digital Press at UND, led by professor Eric Burin, will be soliciting, collecting, and sharing favorite voting memories from Grand Forks residents. After gathering recollections from times of yore, the Press will design unique representations for each one and add them to their publication. Look for one or two a day in the Press in the month leading up to Election Day!

 

West Palm Beach

Using art and entertainment from the West African tradition, Afrique Ngozi Dance & Drum’s Art in Public Places shared materials and information about the history and importance of voting. The one-time creative spectacular took place at CityPlace on October 7. See the photos here

The Boys & Girls Clubs in West Palm Beach (the Marjorie Fisher Boys & Girls Club and the Florence De George Boys & Girls Club) hosted two family fiestas — each one featuring catered meals, DJs and entertainment, mock election games,  an “ I CAN VOTE! “ selfie studio, an interactive presentation on the voting process, and gift raffles. See photos from the events and other Joy of Voting-related pics in our photo album here

“Red, White, and Bowl,” hosted by Comic Cure, is a family-friendly series of three events that promote participation in the midterm elections by registering, informing, and empowering local residents to vote. Guests will get a chance to bowl against locally elected officials. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to bowling champions, skee-ball extraordinaires, and election-themed “Trivia Bowl” winners. Get the details and RSVP on the Red, White, and Bowl Facebook event page. 

Jumping jacks! The Flamingo Clay Studio will create jumping jack puppets (two-times life-size!) to spread the word about registering to vote and voting on Election Day! The jumping jacks will make friends with their neighbors, throw parties, and make sure that party-goers vote, so look for them around town in the lead-up to the midterm elections!

The Palm Beach County Youth Foundation invites you to enjoy their endor-able show as they elect our first Ewok president! The event will feature a mock election with Ewok and Twi’lek voters, a candidate stump speech, diverse costumes, and Jawas at the ready for big trades with big voters.

Community activist Claudia Mendoza introduces Zumbaton: a gathering of over 200 people exercising, dancing, and promoting civic engagement! Attendees will receive t-shirts with important messages so that the dancers behind them can learn while they exercise. The event will be a space for the Hispanic community to come together and make their voices heard with others who want to engage with the local elections.

 

Check back soon for updates on event dates and locations!

These teams are bringing an active, joyful, participatory culture back to voting! Check back for more details.

 

St. Paul

 

Improv Comedy Mayoral Forum

The Theater of Public Policy 

Join the Theater of Public Policy for a night of laughter and levity as the leading mayoral candidates answer questions and have their answers brought to life through unscripted improv comedy! The team will host “A St. Paul Mayoral Forum for the Rest of Us” on November 3rd at the North Garden Theater. Info here!

 

Wag the Vote

Arty Bark Park 

Politics gone to the Dogs? Unleash democracy with Wag the Vote, a canine convergence to get out the vote to dog lovers all over St. Paul! Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date with all their latest barks, and check out their website for the full story!

 

I Vote Because . . .

Concordia University St. Paul 

Using conversation and photography, CSP College Students want to inspire their community to vote. Look for CSP students at light rail transit stations to share why YOU vote on a custom banner that says “I vote because  ____________.”

 

Street Puppet Theater

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop 

Look out for Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop on the streets of St. Paul while they spread the word through unique performances by their hand-crafted puppets! You find at the West Side Dia de los Muertos Celebration 2017 and other locations around town!

 

Miami

 

Get Out the Vote Parties

New Florida Majority Education Fund

The New Florida Majority will host GOTV parties during the early voting period (October 28 – Novemver 5) in West Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Allapattah, Liberty City, and Little Haiti. Stop by to cast your vote and enjoy a lively gathering with BBQ, live music, media coverage, and educational handouts. Dates, times, locations, and info here!

 

Inside Joke

Comic Cure 

Inside Joke with Host Billy Corben is a monthly late-night style entertainment show that humorously highlights important local issues and community change-makers in Miami. Filmed in font of a live audience, the show features interviews with local politicians and civic activists, with performances by local artists. Comic Cure hosted their hilarious premier episode on November 17th! You can see photos from the event on their Facebook page.

 

Fall Harvest Party to the Polls

Engage Miami 

Hay rides and apple cider in Miami?!? That’s right!  Engage Miami’s fall harvest-themed party will feature live music, food, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and mock elections for best costumes, best pumpkin carving, and more! Join them November 4th in Kennedy Park for a celebration of fall before heading to early vote. Event details here.

 

305 Yard Sign Project

Miami Dade College  

So over divisive political yard signs? The 305 Yard Sign Project will use art to promote positive, values-driven civic engagement using colorful, personlized yard signs designed by local artists and students.

 

Your Ballot, Explained

The Plantain 

The Plantain, Miami’s satire news source, is making a comedy news video focused on voting rights restoration for ex-felons, an initiative on this fall’s ballot. Keep a look out for the video to be released later this month!

 

Wichita

 

PopUp Celebration Station

League of Creative Interventionists  

Ever dreamed of winning an election with a crowd cheering you on? With the pop-up Voting Celebration Station, you get to experience the joy of “winning the vote” on stage, with a crowd cheering your name and a microphone for you to share your own victory speech. Find the Pop Up Station at McAdams Neighborhood Freedom Fair on November 4th!

 

Canine Candidates

Sara Dixon & Stephanie Huff   

Canine Candidates tackle issues ICT dogs face: from the new dog park to pesky squirrels. Vote on the pup with the passion to improve this city! Get the low-down on all the candidates and where you can find them here!

 

Breaking the Ballot

First Gen Woes 

Add your narrative to this community conversation! First Gen Woes will host a spoken word contest for high school students at Mead’s Corner coffee shop downtown. Register here!

 

Sizzle and Soapbox

Episcopal Social Services 

Let your voice be heard with a sizzle at the soapbox series this fall! ESS invites neighbors, activists, and public officials to get join their Soap Box series and share their thoughts around this year’s local elections. They will also host a voter registration poster contest to put the sizzle back into voting.

 

VoteICT

KMUW 89.1 FM  

KMUW will work with local artists to create a series of ‘VoteICT’ wearable stickers. Get yours at a polling place or another Joy of Voting event, and show your local pride around this year’s municipal elections by sporting your unique ICT-specific sticker. Learn more.

A national network of leaders

Civic Collaboratory

The Civic Collaboratory is a national network of catalytic leaders, from across the political spectrum and many domains – immigrant rights, veterans advocacy, civics education, voting reform, tech in government, arts and culture, worker organizing, corporate citizenship, and more. We meet quarterly and provide a common platform and project incubator for this diverse community of civic innovators.

 

A Civic Gathering Like No Other

National Conference

Our long-running National Conference has been held in Seattle for over a decade. It’s a special gathering. And in recent years, we’ve been asked to bring our conference experience to other parts of the country – and to people who can’t get to Seattle. We’ll be on the road with CitizenFEST for 2018, which means we will not be having a National Conference.

renew your civic vows

Sworn-Again America

We wanted to get folks talking about what it means to be an American —and how to live like a citizen. So we created a simple and fun ceremony, like the one immigrants go through when they become U.S. citizens, in which all of us get to renew our vows to America. Thousands of people across the country, through partners like Points of Light, the National Constitution Center, and OneAmerica, have taken the oath to become Sworn-Again Americans— and you can too!

 

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Partnered Productions

Special Projects

Check out these on-going partnerships/projects:

Over the years we’ve partnered with these amazing groups to build powerful citizenship across the nations:

  • Creative Artists Agency
  • DEIU
  • Downtown Project
  • Kennedy Center Arts Summit
  • Meetup
  • Starbucks
  • TED
  • Tufts’ Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
  • UCLA
  • White House Forum