CIVIC ACTIONS

Gathering relations among beautiful strangers to elevate new communities

Our Civic Actions emerge out of six years of community relationship building that endeavors to incite movements of compassion and revitalization across the American South. Since the first civic action in 2013’s The Traveling Show, communities in Georgia were compelled to come together with glo and investigate ideas that ignite imagination and citizenry. The civic actions were localized in Georgia the first couple of years and then glo opened up our ideas of what community is. The shift attracted all kinds of neighborhoods in the U.S. invested in using dance as a strategy for small growth and making places special.

Participation in the Civic Actions has grown from 4,500 in 2013 to over 20,000 in 2016. 88% of participants live in Georgia. The idea is to foster the creative power in meeting beautiful strangers to initiate a dialogue between history, culture, social structures and dreams.

Year-round, communities of policy makers, educators, artists and non-profits and activists and preservationists come together to construct a working residency with glo. Residencies have grown from 4–6 days, to 3–8 months. The Civic Actions include farming, listening trips, mapping, and public vision breaking bread, each aiming to facilitate a shared economy of trust, and generosity for small progress.

The idea is to foster the creative power in meeting beautiful strangers to initiate a dialogue between history, culture, social structures and dreams.

Each civic action is self-initiated and self-organized by a local team. The organizing of an initiative in itself is an exercise in courage and collaboration. The collective efforts between glo and the local team results in visualization, place identity, and resourcing of the dozens of childrens’ experiences, panels, pot-luck dinners and installations that shape a residency.

What holds together all of the initiatives, spaces and people is a common goal in what we call “social art performance.” Social art performance is any collaborative process that uses choreography as a tool to address environmental, economic, social and spiritual revitalization.

Movement building beyond the Civic Action Catalog

Every year we face a series of awakenings and opportunities. As a result, the work of glo’s Civic Action Catalog changes constantly, and there is no fixed formula for how we do this work. But embedded into every residency are a set of principles, which glo has infused from our platform after years of embracing failure, and deep listening. These principles are threaded throughout every generative project and offered to every citizen in the world.