Papers, Essays and Articles

Papers, essays and articles written and commissioned by Animating Democracy explore philosophical, practical, and aesthetic dimensions of civically engaged arts and humanities work and arts for social change. 


A Working Guide to the Landscape of Arts for Change 

Papers and essays characterizing a spectrum of types of arts for change work


Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative

Research reports, articles, and white papers exploring principles, practices, and issues in assessing the social impact of arts for change work.


Exemplar Program

Essays and case studies from midsized arts and cultural organizations nationwide that use artistic and cultural expression as the primary catalyst for engagement around civic, social, and community issues. The Exemplar Program aimed to foster a holistic and integrated approach to organizational health, institutional growth, civic engagement, and aesthetic investigation.


Writing about Civically Engaged Art

Critical Perspectives and other papers


Arts-Based Civic Dialogue


Museums and Civic Dialogue


Art and Activism