Arts & Democracy Project Update

October 2010
Greetings from the Arts & Democracy Project! 
With November 2 just around the corner, we've included some great nonpartisan resources, opportunities, and events that join creativity and civic participation - in the election cycle, and beyond.
Nonpartisan election resources:

"Study after study shows that a personal message from a trusted source - namely, you has the biggest impact on whether someone turns out to vote."
From the League of Young Voters Education Fund, this website asks folks why they vote and helps you send a postcard -- a work of art -- to your friends reminding them to vote and telling them why voting is important to you. It also gves you an opportunity to sign up and volunteer with the League.


The Organizer's Guide to Election Administration

From the New Organizing Institute, a guide to election practices in each state. Here's what you need to know to organize, register, motivate, and protect the vote.

The Rules of the Game: A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) organizations

By the Alliance for Justice, this user-friendly guide reviews federal tax and election laws which govern nonprofit organizations in an election year, and explains the right (and wrong) ways to organize specific voter education activities.

Vote Again in 2010

A joint website representing over 30 C3 nonpartisan youth-serving organizations and media partners, working to increase youth turnout in the 2010 midterm elections.

 Building democracy beyond elections:

The We the People Tour

Conversations around the country to initiate a national dialogue about high-quality education as a fundamental right and a grassroots movement to transform publc schools.

State Voices

Information and resources from a national network -- built from the states up-that helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories and build long-term power.

As always, we're proud to highlight the great work in this field to support and cross-pollinate an extraordinary network of artists, cultural workers, policymakers, educators, and activists.  

All our best,

Amalia, Caron, Kathie, Jason, Javiera, Lena, and Yolanda
The Arts & Democracy Team

In This Issue
Nonpartisan election resources
Building democracy beyond elections
Call for submissions
Who we are
Join Our Mailing List
Events & Resources

Arts, Media, Immigration report

Arts, Media, and Immigration Telephonic Briefing and Webinar
Opportunity Agenda and Unbound Philanthropy host a discussion drawing on their new report on Oct. 27, 3-4pm  RSVP:

Art and Social Justice
Union Theological Seminary series explores the social, philosophical and spiritual traditions that offer resources for artists to imagine justice and new visions of human flourishing.  Free and open to the public. Through December in New York City.

Shining the Light: a Practical Guide to Co-Creating Healthy Communities

Developed by ISAIAH, a faith-based organization in Minnesota, in partnership with The Kirwan Institute, this new field guide is designed to help organizers and policy makers bring racial equity into their work.

Call for Submissions

Split This Rock's 2011 Poetry Contest

Integrating the poetry of provocation and witness into public life and supporting the poets who write this essential work. Deadline November 1.

Who We Are

The Arts & Democracy Project builds the momentum of a cultural movement that draws on a rich history of arts activism, social justice organizing, and grassroots engagement. The program catalyzes and supports cross-pollination between sectors, cultures, and generations and the linking of practitioners, policymakers, educators, and activists.

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