Catch up with The Civic Circle:

Exploring the Legacy of MLK through Poetry

Posted by encarney on  February 1, 2023
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In January, award-winning poet Malachi Byrd brought Martin Luther King’s legacy to life with a mini-residency focused on collective poetry-writing. In their poem “Dreaming of Home,” Civic Circe students in Montgomery Housing Partnership’s Community Life program wrote about their countries of origin, including El Salvador and Honduras (“land of beaches”), and their hopes for the future. Here is an excerpt:   I have a dream That we all have homes That there will be no

“My Voice Matters, Your Voice Matters!”

Posted by encarney on  December 23, 2022
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Teaching artists Jarrell Pittman and Marcie Wolf-Hubbard ended the Civic Circle semester on a high note. With Jarrell, students created a recording with the refrain “My voice matters, your voice matters,” and lines like “I will help people with my voice,” and “Let’s stop bullying, no hurt feelings.” With Marcie, students use collage and “burnout poetry” techniques to create civic art booklets with messages like “You have friends,” “Make it happen,” and (from Mother Teresa)

A Generous GivingTuesday

Posted by encarney on  December 8, 2022
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The Civic Circle expresses gratitude to all the generous donors who made our GivingTuesday campaign such a big success. All told, the contributions received on this platform, on The Civic Circle’s website, and via check totaled more than $5,700—more than twice our goal! Thank you for your generosity! Big thanks goes out to all the Civic Circle supporters and friends listed below, in no particular order. A special thanks goes out to Larry Harris and

Maryland Humanities Helps Us SHINE

Posted by encarney on  December 7, 2022
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The Civic Circle is thrilled to announce a grant award from Maryland Humanities! We are honored to be among 50 humanities-focused nonprofits receiving general operating support through the Maryland Humanities SHINE (Strengthening the Humanities Investment in Nonprofits for Equity) Grants Program. We also thank the State of Maryland, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the National Endowment for the Humanities for supporting civic learning, a fundamentally a humanistic endeavor that lifts up our diverse traditions and

A Heartwarming Civic Holiday

Posted by encarney on  December 4, 2022
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Thanks to everyone who made The Civic Circle’s “A Civic Holiday” such a smashing success. It was an honor to receive visits from Rep. Jamie Raskin and from County Executive Marc Elrich, who both spoke eloquently about the importance of civic education. Another highlight was vocalist Alison Crockett singing songs of peace. We even received visits from newly-elected Councilmember Laurie-Anne Sayles, and School Board member Julie Yang. Thanks to Jeffrey Slavin for your generous hospitality,