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Civic Saturday

In a time of deep anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, people need a place to come together in civic community—in a room face-to-face—to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a contributing member of civic life in the United States. 

Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we reflect and connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation’s creed, and build civic fellowship to create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Civic Saturday began in Seattle, and now is in over 30 cities across the country. Learn more about upcoming gatherings below!

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Seattle Civic Saturday
National Civic Saturday
Past Sermons
Media

Attend Civic Saturday in Seattle

August 3 • El Centro de la Raza

RSVP here!

October 5 • Hillman City Collaboratory

December 7 • Town Hall

Check back for more information and to RSVP!

*Led by a Civic Seminarian, not Citizen University directly

Artists in Residence

Citizen University has welcomed the first ever Artists in Residence to Civic Saturday in Seattle.

Naa Akua, Poet in Residence, has joined the Civic Saturday team. They will be bringing their talent as an artist to the gatherings and leading groups of community members to further spark civic thought and reflection.

For more information on the community circles, you can contact them at naa@citizenuniversity.us.

National Civic Saturdays

Citizen University is taking Civic Saturday on the road!

June 15 • Oklahoma City, OK
In partnership with Mayor David Holt, Let’s Fix This, and Generation Citizen.
RSVP here!

August 10  St. Louis, MO
In partnership with the Center for Social Empowerment.

Partner Civic Saturdays

Citizen University trains civic catalysts from around the country to prepare them to start their own Civic Saturdays where they live and work.

Click here to find a Civic Seminarian near you. Contact taneum@civicsatuday.us to learn if there is an upcoming Civic Saturday near you!

Read Eric Liu’s sermons from Citizen University Civic Saturdays in Seattle and around the country:

Being Responsible 4/6/19
Seattle, WA

Beyond Liberation 2/2/19
Seattle, WA

Time and Citizenship 12/8/18
Seattle, WA ~ Watch here

Faith In Each Other 11/8/18
Los Angeles, CA

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

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

Watch recordings of select Civic Saturday gatherings, filmed by Seattle Channel
Episodes here

Citizen University is for everyone
New Day Northwest 

2017 Artists of the Year
City Arts

In Search of Powerful Citizenship? Try Civic Saturday.
KUOW

If Sunday Is For Church, This Group Wants Saturdays For Activism
The Huffington Post

A Cure For Post Election Malaise
The Atlantic 

Infinite Power
CityArts

How Citizen University is building an army of civic leaders
Shareable

Preparing Citizens to Lead

Civic Seminary

The Civic Seminary trains and prepares civic catalysts from all over the country to lead their communities toward a renewed sense of shared civic power and moral purpose. Civic catalysts who are deeply embedded in the civic life of their community and country know that we must bring people together, face-to-face, to revitalize the practice of civic gatherings. 

Civic Seminarians will join Citizen University’s team in Seattle for a three day training. Together, we will explore the ethical foundations of our beliefs and those of others, learn how to write civic sermons, and Civic Seminarians will ultimately develop Civic Saturday programs where they live and work. 

Are you the next Civic Seminarian?
Sign up on our interest form to be notified when the next application cycle opens.

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Find a Program

Have you felt the deep disconnectedness and cynicism in civic life today? The Civic Seminary is for people who would describe themselves as civic catalysts and leaders — people who are ready to take a stand against that disconnectedness and cynicism. Perhaps you are already deeply connected in your community or city, or maybe you share our believe that we all have power to create change in civic life and the responsibility to try. If you are ready to take the next step toward bringing a sense of shared civic purpose and moral sense making to your city, apply to the Civic Seminary.

Fellows will attend one three day session of the Civic Seminary in Seattle before leading Civic Saturdays in their own communities. 

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

“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.”

 


Civic Saturday Across the Country

Contact taneum@citizenuniversity.us to get in touch with a Civic Seminarian who leads a Civic Saturday program near you.

Empowering the Rising Generation

Youth Collaboratory

The Youth Collaboratory is a year-long program to empower and connect a rising generation of civic leaders and doers.

24 highly-motivated students from around the country will join Citizen University and travel to cities around the nation, meeting leading civic innovators, sharpening their literacy in citizen power and producing their own independent projects in their communities.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change-makers and gain skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power.

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Past Participants

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.

Members of the Youth Collaboratory participate in interactive workshops led by Eric Liu and Citizen University educators, collaborate with Citizen U staff to develop programs to engage youth nation-wide, and individually complete projects in their communities. Each cohort meets three times, in three different locations.

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.

The 2020 Youth Collaboratory Cohort will begin in October 2019.

Sign up on our interest form to receive information about Citizen University’s youth programs.

Applications for the fourth cohort of the Youth Collaboratory are open. For high school students who will be sophomores and juniors in the fall of 2019, click the link below to access the application.

Apply here!

To learn more about the process, program, and to preview the questions you will be asked in the online form above, click the link to the PDF below. 
YC 2019-2020 Application

The 2019 cohort of the Youth Collaboratory is the third 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 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 that ran from 2016-2018 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.

Watch

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. Over three years, we partnered with artists, activists, designers, and citizens in eight cities around the country to launch initiatives to create creative, communal experiences and rituals around local voting.

 

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Video & Photos
Press & Media
Toolkit

Deriving its vision from an article in The Atlantic written by Eric Liu, Citizen University launched initiatives in eight 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, continued in three more for local elections in 2017, and wrapped up in four additional cities for the 2018 midterms. Projects included independent art exhibits, block parties, community-based theater, interactive apps, and other citizen-generated activities centered around engaging peers. These experiments served as models of what a vibrant, participatory culture of voting could look like. 

Click below to learn all about the projects! 

2016 projects 

2017 Projects

2018 Projects

 

PRESS & MEDIA

 2018 PRESS

Official Press Release

Joy of Voting Returns to Akron With More Events to Encourage Voting, WKSU 89.7

Program aims to get people to vote, needs your ideas!,  WDAZ News Grand Forks

Submit your ideas to make voting fun in Akron;  Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com 

Make Voting an Event. Ben Phillips on the Joy of Voting, WAKR NewsTalkSports, Akron

Ben Rexroad and Nici Romo of Wandering Aesthetics talk about The Joy of Voting on WAKR Radio  

 

2017 PRESS

Official Joy of Voting Press Release

How rough can elections get? Just ask these candidates, The Wichita Eagle

Theater Of Public Policy Mixes Comedy, Politics, CBS Minnesota

Billy Corben to Roast Miami City Commissioners, Miami New Times

Winners announced in contest to spread the ‘Joy of Voting’, Miami’s Community Newspapers  

2016 PRESS

The Joy of Voting by Eric Liu, The Atlantic 

Returning the Joy to Voting, The Atlantic

Akron Works to Bring Joy to Voting, NPR Weekend Edition

Joyful voting: how to start a revolution, CNN Opinion

How to Vote Joyfully, Forbes

Eric Liu on the Joy of Voting, KCTS9

New American Citizens Celebrate First Time Voting, CBS Philly

Artistic touches help point out Philadelphia polling stations, NewsWorks

In the shadow of the DNC, artists gathering ideas on big philosophical questions, NewsWorks

Check out these 5 Philly projects encouraging a ‘joyful’ voting culture, Generocity.com

Industry Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on the 2016 Presidential Election, Diverge

Photos from 2018 events here.

Photos from 2017 projects here.

Photos from 2016 projects here.  

 

 

 

 

 

Want to create your own Joy of Voting project? Check out our Joy of Voting Toolkit for more information and all our tips for making a great project!

Akron Projects

The North Hill Diversity and Freedom Mural Project, led by Asian Services in Akron, invited 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 built 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 were educated about issues and action items.  MA’Sue Productions’ “Street Theatre Attack” staged a game show around town, asking Akronians “Who wants to vote?!”  Wandering Aesthetics hosted the debate of the century — a Battle Royale for the Heart of Democracy. The hour-long debates showed off a range of comedic techniques — from slapstick to clowning — to engage viewers and build conversation around a central question: “Should I vote?” Get all the gritty details on the  Battle Royale website. Members of the W.O.M.B. community garden invited community members to join them for Plotting Your Vote: food, music, art, and storytelling in the garden! Activities included cooking demonstrations, Expression Lounge/Open mic opportunities, and the creation of a large cross stitch mural.   

Charlotte Projects

The Southeast Asian Coalition’s (SEAC) characteristic “turn up” style party took place near the city’s early voting sites. Attendees could turn-up with Viet coffee and Thai tea, then learn all about local candidates political issues from SEAC members. The October 28 event focused on educating and engaging Mecklenburg County’s Southeast Asian voters 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!  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. Learn more about the project on the Vote So Hard website For its inaugural Brews & Ballots event, The Millennial Voice of Mecklenburg County invited their peers to share beers with local political candidates at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. You could chat with candidates and get your election-related questions answered over a complimentary beer Lisette Torres, Dammit Wesley, and Carlos Lebron’s community event “One Nation Under a Groove,” at Charlotte’s Camp North, featured 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 Projects

ArtNestND invited high school students to create unique “I voted” stickers. Following the open contest, organizers selected 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 held 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, were inclusive block parties with food trucks, entertainment, and hands-on education Want to vote in style? Robin David’s “Party to the Polls” project offered Grand Forks residents the opportunity to get a ride to their polling place aboard a party bus. The busses offered snacks, activities, and a celebrity host, and the rides gave voters the chance to socialize and debate with co-workers before casting their ballot.  The Young Invincibles hosted four large celebrations — three during early voting and one on Election Day — at spots around town located near polling locations. Attendees enjoyed free food and entertainment with fellow civically-minded Grand Forkeans. The Digital Press at UND, led by professor Eric Burin, collected and shared favorite voting memories from Grand Forks residents. After gathering recollections from times of yore, the Press designed unique representations for each one and added them to their publication. Check out the Digital Press’s JoV website to see all the stories!

 

West Palm Beach Projects

Using art and entertainment from the West African tradition, Afrique Ngozi Dance & Drum’s Art in Public Places event shared materials and information about the history and importance of voting. The one-time creative spectacular took place at CityPlace on October 7.  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,  and “ I CAN VOTE! “ selfie studio, an interactive presentation on the voting process, and gift raffles. “Red, White, and Bowl,” hosted by Comic Cure, was a family-friendly series of three events that promoted participation in the midterm elections by registering, informing, and empowering local residents to vote. Guests got a chance to bowl against locally elected officials, and prizes and trophies were awarded to bowling champions, skee-ball extraordinaires, and election-themed “Trivia Bowl” winners.  Jumping jacks! The Flamingo Clay Studio created jumping jack puppets (two-times life-size!) to spread the word about registering to vote and voting on Election Day! The jumping jacks made friends with their neighbors, threw parties, and made sure that party-goers had everything they needed to go vote!  The Palm Beach County Youth Foundation enjoyed an endor-able show as they elect our first Ewok president! The event featured 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 introduced Zumbaton: a gathering of over 200 people exercising, dancing, and promoting civic engagement! Attendees received t-shirts with important messages so that the dancers behind them could learn while they exercise. The event was a space for the Hispanic community to come together and make their voices heard with others who want to engage with the local elections. 

 

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. 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.  “Red, White, and Bowl,” hosted by Comic Cure, was a family-friendly series of three events that promoted participation in the midterm elections by registering, informing, and empowering local residents to vote. Guests got a chance to bowl against locally elected officials, and prizes and trophies were awarded to bowling champions, skee-ball extraordinaires, and election-themed “Trivia Bowl” winners.  Jumping jacks! The Flamingo Clay Studio created jumping jack puppets (two-times life-size!) to spread the word about registering to vote and voting on Election Day! The jumping jacks made friends with their neighbors, threw parties, and made sure that party-goers knew all about voting. The Palm Beach County Youth Foundation welcomed you to enjoy their endor-able show as they elected our first Ewok president! The event featured 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 introduced Zumbaton: a gathering of over 200 people exercising, dancing, and promoting civic engagement! Attendees received t-shirts with important messages so that the dancers behind them could learn while they exercised. The events were a space for the Hispanic community to come together and make their voices heard with others who want to engage with the local elections.

 

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.

 

Where Citizen University began

National Conference

Our long-running National Conference was held in Seattle for over a decade. In recent years, we’ve expanded our programs and teachings to all parts of the country, and so even though we’re no longer producing this national gathering, we are activating citizens nationally to gather in their own communities to spread the belief that democracy is on us.

For more information, read our full update. You can watch videos of our fabulous speakers and panelists from past conferences.

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 have taken the oath to become Sworn-Again Americans— and you can too!

visit the site