American Civic Forum

The Art of Citizenship

American Civic Forum works to fortify and restore social solidarity among Americans.
This is an era of endless campaigns and, because polarization is an unusually effective way to win elections, trust between citizens and trust in public institutions has eroded to the brink of collapse. Americans have elevated personal preference over collaboration, electoral success over the health of democratic institutions, and elections over all other opportunities for citizen involvement. This is a terrible way to for a self-governing people to govern.

If democracy is to work, we must appreciate and nurture social solidarity, and encourage a culture of citizenship rooted in goodwill and good faith. We are citizens, members of the political community which drives democracy. American Civic Forum works to elevate citizenship to its rightful place not only in American politics but in American culture, a culture that cherishes our nation’s philosophy of governance, and where all citizens—even those not directly involved in the political sphere—see themselves as the living heart of the republic.

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Worst-Case Scenario: Readings from Future Disasters


Saturday, October 29 / 7 p.m.
Southern Theater, Minneapolis

At the Twin Cities Horror Festival! From war against China to the chaos of climate change, these are readings from some of the creepiest, most unsettling reports, procedural manuals and laws that we rely on when disaster creeps into our everyday lives.

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Crique d'Élection


Tuesday, November 8 / 5–10 p.m.
Phoenix Theater, Minneapolis

We’re celebrating election night with a freewheeling night of entertainment, returns, games and camaraderie as we—finally!—say farewell to the 2016 campaign.

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American Civic Forum has lots of great events and projects in the works — and we’d like you to know when it happens!

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