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


From the beginning, we recognized that civic reflection had the potential to have a transformative effect on our staff. In particular, we hoped that our staff would develop the ability to see their libraries and themselves differently, that they would come to regard the library as a meeting place and a crossroads for the community. This program gives us the opportunity to push our programming to a new level.


--Mark Smith

Riverside County Library System


This series has caused me to think about how my values and beliefs influence my perspective on public issues.


--New Hampshire State Legislator

New Hampshire Humanities Council Conversation Series


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