Catch up with The Civic Circle:

Singing for Democracy!

Posted by encarney on  June 18, 2020

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The Civic Circle is thrilled to be joining Carpe Diem Arts in a “SummerArtVentures” workshop called “Singing for Democracy. Here is the class description: Kids will learn seven “steps to democracy” through story and song, singing and writing songs about respectful listening (Listen!), voting (Choose!), helping others (Join!) and other democracy skills. The virtual workshops for 3rd-5th graders will feature our wonderful teaching artists, Nick Newlin and LEA, and will take place daily at 1:30

The Civic Voice: Finding Unity in Discord

Posted by encarney on  June 18, 2020

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Is the nation falling apart or coming together? Perhaps a bit of both, as I note in the latest Civic Voice newsletter, but unity seems to be winning out over chaos. Both the covid-19 pandemic and the nation’s public reckoning over police brutality and racism have simultaneously upset public equilibrium, and created new openings for change. As the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has noted, systemic disruptions can lead to new political alignments, as the
This month’s Civic Voice, The Civic Circle’s newsletter, looks at the collapse of the local news industry, and the many attempts to revive it. Local newspapers not only need short-term federal relief, as I write in The Fulcrum, but a new business model and mission. Even as the covid-19 pandemic decimates newsrooms around the country, the crisis has energized a “civic news” movement that sets out to reinvent newspapers as more community and public service

A Day of Gratitude and Giving

Posted by encarney on  May 12, 2020

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For The Civic Circle, GivingTuesdayNow was more than a global giving opportunity in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was also a chance to thank essential workers with a new song, express gratitude to our community, and help students get the meals they need during school closures. We were excited to exceed our $2,000 target, thanks to a generous matching fund set up by some of our most supportive friends. We split our proceeds with

A Time to Give Back

Posted by encarney on  May 4, 2020

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The Covid-19 Pandemic presents an unprecedented civic challenge in all facets of our daily lives, our community and our nation. At the Civic Circle, this is both a moment to innovate, and an opportunity to give back. We are moving our program online to assist teachers, parents and students. As a way to stay connected, we released a video of the opening song from our show, The Citizen Tango. (Check it out below!) We are