Arts Organizations

​Arts organizations use civic reflection as a way to bridge the gap between art and civic issues, communities, and public life. Whether using a photograph or painting as an object for reflective discussion or using a written piece to explore how to engage new audiences through the arts, civic reflection can be a powerful tool for building dialogue into current arts programming and examining questions at the heart of arts organizations today.


  • Enhanced facilitation skills that enable arts organization staff members to lead reflective discussions with colleagues or community members

  • Opportunity to use art as a tool for reflective discussion (i.e. using Jamie Wyeth’s painting, Kalounna in Frogtown, to get community members talking about what it means to be an outsider)

  • Relationship-building among boards, staff, and community members -- a way to engage staff both internally and externally

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with arts organizations.

What People Are Saying


Civic reflection discussions help us develop a richer, more adequate vocabulary for communicating with one another... name the tensions without feeling judged... come to the table as equals... practice unselfish listening... and articulate meaningful questions that emerge from what we do.


--Kathy Smith

New Hampshire Humanities Council


Libraries are ideally situated to nurture... democratic practices. Libraries are open to all; they contain books and other materials that can provide people with a common experience and vocabulary... Libraries, which are often seen as products of democracy, can also be seen as engines of democracy, as places where people go to engage with one another and to begin making a difference.


--Adam Davis

Director, Center for Civic Reflection


Civic reflection at its best is infused with this spirit of critical generosity. It is a process that acknowledges that we need one another to unmask prejudices that inform our beliefs and also to share our inspirations.


--Lisa Lee

Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum