— Would you like to be part of a new project to reinvigorate a culture of voting in Akron? There is an open call for projects that are creative, participatory, and joyful. Five projects will be selected to receive seed funding of up to $3,600 to put them into action between now and election day. What will you submit?
Citizen University – in partnership with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron, and with support from Knight Foundation – is launching this project to spark civic creativity in local elections in four cities around the country, including Akron.
Click here to submut a proposal. The submission form is quick and easy and project submissions are due Friday, May 13.
For much of American history, local elections were surrounded by raucous and celebratory activity. Street theater, open-air debates, bonfires and festivals were a part of every election. Debate was passionate and creative. But ever since the advent and spread of television, this longtime American tradition has atrophied, with the couch replacing the public square, and elections losing the touch of the creative and the local.
That’s why the Joy of Voting project was launched – to bring back an active, participatory and joyful 21st century culture of voting.
Last week, we met with a great group of local artists, activists, designers and organizers in Akron to ideate, imagine, and collaborate. And now we want to invite anyone in the Akron community to submit an idea! Attached is the list of ideas that we generated at our convening last week. Feel free use, combine, build on, or be inspired by any of these – or come up with something entirely new!
To learn more about the Joy of Voting project, check out this blog post by Citizen University founder and CEO Eric Liu, or listen to coverage from Akron’s own WKSU. For questions about the Joy of Voting project, or about submitting a proposal, contact [email protected].