June 17, 2022
The period from June 14 through July 4 in the United States presents what has been dubbed a “civic season.” Flag Day, Juneteenth, and The Fourth of July each have traditionally offered space for celebration.
The focus of Civic Season is on the latter two commemorations, offering a natural opportunity to celebrate, reflect on – and participate in – civic learning and activities. “Anchored by two dates that highlight the gap between our nation’s promises and practices, Civic Season is a new tradition to rewind, reflect and re-imagine our story – and it’s shaped by all who participate.” (Source: The Civic Season website.)
A coalition of museums and non-profit organizations kicked off a formal Civic Season last year. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, private corporations, and others, “Civic Season is one way we roll out the welcome mat for the future inheritors of the United States, putting history in their hands as a tool for informed, inspired civic participation.” https://www.thecivicseason.com/about/
Suggested topic for advocates, activists, organizers, and thought leaders to consider as they pursue their Public Kinship work:
What Does Civic Engagement Look Like?