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The mission of "The Artist as Citizen" program is to encourage art students towards pragmatic social engagement; asking them to confront issues that will directly impact American society and their own lives. The ultimate goal is to develop a grassroots network of students who think for themselves, use what they learn directly in their own work, and include it in discussion with friends and family.



The AAC process brings together three individuals in the development of each essay: a student (who creates the piece), a guest editor (who frames the question), and a donor.

artistascitizen.org will then present finished pieces in the format of an online magazine/gallery and forum, and have the ability to collect essays into book form for future publication.

Individual interests of participants will be met as follows:

The student will have commissioned pieces for their portfolio.

The guest editors will have an easy way to participate in our national dialogue by posing questions from among the themes of each AAC issue, and lending advice and feedback as the student creates the work. We intend to offer guest editorships to people with accomplishments in the arts, academia, business and religion; from the coasts and from the heartland.

The donor has the satisfaction of underwriting a specific, tangible piece of work, both supporting the arts and supporting the public dialogue that is key to democracy. In some cases, editions of the art work itself may be included as a benefit of support.

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The design and technical framework of the project will be maintained by a small staff (currently, volunteer). The choice of topics of investigation will be developed by the staff and a board, and drawn from current issues facing the public as well as deeper questions about life in a democracy.

The ethos of AAC is not to present opinion, but to portray ideas, and then let the viewer decide. Our goal is to build social capital between the participants, their subjects, and the visiting public, and provide an opening for people with different points of view on an issue to see the other side. And in a more immediate way, to allow gifted students of media a front row seat in public dialogue on real subjects.

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