Deadline: February 8, 2017
Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Plat... features ten powerful ideas for policies and actions to advance CULTURAL DEMOCRACY grounded in equity and engagement; full CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP, belonging without barrier; and deep respect for the RIGHT TO CULTURE—equity in expression, participation, recognition.
WHY: EVERYTHING HUMAN BEINGS DO IS ROOTED IN AND SUSTAINED BY CULTURE. Culture influences the ways we as humans comprehend and feel about social problems and challenges. Our stories help to shape the world, either nurturing empathy or foreclosing it. Therefore racism is a cultural issue. Homophobia is a cultural issue. Gender bias is a cultural issue. Climate crisis is a cultural issue. The polarization of wealth is a cultural issue.
To address our challenges, we need to engage new experiences, behaviors, and understandings—to change culture to change the world. We need to cultivate social imagination and empathy, two skills central to the work of artists who work for community and equity. To devise fresh and powerful ways to reconceive social arrangements and institutions, we need creativity and freedom.
YOU CAN SHOW THE WAY. The USDAC is looking for pilot experiments that show how the Platform can be put into action. The USDAC will select up to ten projects; provide $500 to support execution and documentation; and support with strategic technical assistance throughout. Although not much money, it is meant to ignite and inspire possibility:
Your visual and text documentation of selected prototypes will be shared widely through USDAC media, shining a light on your work; and
If your experiment shows real promise, you will be partnered with the USDAC via USDAC Lab, collaborating to raise money and attention that can help take the project to scale.
HOW IT WORKS. Design a project to take place beginning no sooner than 1 March 2017 and ending no later than 1 March 2018.
To apply, just follow these steps:
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