Conference Call: Wednesday March 7 at 3PM EST, 12PM PST

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How can arts and culture break down polarization and encourage an assets oriented approach to direct democracy?   

How do we get beyond conventional meeting and decision- making formats to include more diverse voices and creative forms of engagement?   

Join Arts & Democracy Project and Animating Democracy for this nation-wide conference call featuring three projects that offer imaginative answers to these questions: 

Town Hall Nation: Theater artist, Michael Rohd will talk about this collaboration between Sojourn Theatre and the Team that invites schools, theaters, and community organizations to "re-imagine and orchestrate an ideal town hall meeting where democracy functions and civic discourse works." 

Participatory Budgeting: Donata Secondo of the Participatory Budgeting Project and Caron Atlas of Arts & Democracy will discuss the first year of participatory budgeting in New York City where residents of four Council Districts are directly deciding how to spend $6 million of public money.   

 Tucson Meet Yourself: Maribel Alvarez will describe the work of this folklife festival/organization, currently in partnership with the San Ignacio Yaqui Council to develop young people's civic capacity through photography-based asset mapping.   

 The call will be moderated by Pam Korza, Animating Democracy and Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy.