2018 - 2019 Programs
Our Common Table
We believe that our democracy was built on an ability to recognize that despite our differences, we are bonded together through our conversations with one another – our shared stories, concerns, and hopes for the future.
Divisiveness and conflict are fueled by the inability to see each other as people, with much more in common than we are often led to believe. Walter Capps stated that "we are strongest as people when we are directed by that which unites us, rather than giving into the fears, suspicions, innuendos and paranoias that divide."
One natural yet powerful way in which divisions can be bridged and meaningful connection can be created is by sitting down and sharing a meal together. So "Our Common Table" is being developed as a rather uncommon series of public events in the Santa Barbara community around doing just that.
Images from Our Common Table on State Street, September 6th, 2018:
Video from Our Common Table - Montecito, July 26th, 2018:
As with stories, the arts speak to and lift up our most deeply-rooted values, reinforce community identity, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving. Art acknowledges and promotes the real-life experiences of individuals who are often left out of civic engagement.
Creative Democracy is a dynamic, arts-advocating, organizing, and project-creation coalition based in the Santa Barbara community. It champions the critical value of the arts to a healthy democracy. It seeks to improve access and encourage diversity in the arts, and ultimately influence how the arts are recognized and integrated into our complex culture.
Process and goals:
Build arts and culture into civic connection and participation across the community
Unify and empower an authentic representative voice, and put this voice on community agendas where it is typically underutilized and under-served
Grow the connective tissue needed to support current and future generations of artists and cultural practitioners
"Creative Democracy - In Six Minutes" - Launch event, June 2nd
"Each citizen makes a difference in our democracy. One important way is to have direct involvement in their local community. If individuals participate in shaping their local communities, the cumulative effect will be to revitalize our democracy, which will affect future generations."
Jeff Bridges – LWCP Advisor