Catch up with The Civic Circle:

“Give a Hoot” for Democracy!

Posted by Benny Mattis on  February 8, 2024
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Join Us in Comedy for a Cause! Gaithersburg’s “Community Comedy Club” features comic Davin Rosenblatt on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at Give a Hoot to help raise funds for The Civic Circle, which teaches students seven “steps to democracy” through music and the arts. A bonus night of comedy at Give a Hoot, the Good Karma Comedy Festival, will also benefit The Civic Circle on Thursday, February 29. You have THREE CHANCES

The Art of Helping

Posted by Benny Mattis on  February 1, 2024
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HELPING OTHERS is the fourth “step to democracy” in Civic Circle workshops, a civic skill we call: Join! In January, our students learned about the legacy of Martin Luther King, and his maxim that “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.” Students learned about service-learning in Maryland, and did a volunteer activity coordinated by the nonprofit group Kits to Heart, which gives curated “care kits” to cancer patients and their loved ones. Students reflected on what it would be like to

Hooray for the Humanities!

Posted by Benny Mattis on  December 22, 2023
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THE CIVIC CIRCLE EXTENDS GRATITUDE to the generous funders who have recently stepped forward to support our ongoing expansion in 2024. We are thrilled to be among 95 nonprofits awarded $10,000 apiece for operating funding through the Maryland Humanities Marilyn Hatza Memorial SHINE Grant Program. SHINE (Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity) is the perfect acronym for this program, which helps us all shine a light in the darkness through the humanities. WE ALSO THANK THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL of Montgomery County for its recent

Expressing Thanks, Inviting Generosity

Posted by Benny Mattis on  December 18, 2023
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OUR “CIVIC SPARK” CELEBRATION featured many highlights, including inspiring comments from a robust array of community and civic leaders. Michele Waxman Johnson shared her plans to celebrate the nation’s 250th anniversary throughout Maryland as head of the Maryland 250 Commission. (We all got to practice saying “Semiquincentennial!”) Michele Waxman Johnson Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich spoke of his own years as a teacher, and of the importance of starting lessons in civility and respect at a young age.

The Civic Spark Program is Here!

Posted by encarney on  December 14, 2023
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Thank you to all those who have worked so hard to make this special gathering come together! If you would like to purchase tickets, it’s not too late! Just click HERE. Hope to see you there!