The Arts & Democracy–Think About It!

It’s been a while since the last post! Here is something definitely worth checking out–The Center for Civic Participation and the Arts & Democracy Group Page at

Here you’ll find examples of arts groups that link to democracy through artist residencies and other creative partnerships.

One of the posts made me think in light of the coming holiday on Monday. In memory of Dr. King:

“Who could have marched from Alabama to DC without a song?”

While a song alone cannot create social change, political struggle alone is not sustainable. Art and culture are vital ingredients for sustaining us through struggle and for creating the world we want to live in.

Marching thousands of miles is a powerful political act, in part, because it is an act that requires tremendous sacrifice and commitment. But we would cave in under the weight of such sacrifice alone. Song, dance, story, image can all function like buoys in the water, lifting us up, giving us the energy we need to go on.

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