Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming

1 hour, 1 minute

Learn about the Engage! programming resource for teen audiences, which uses the arts to inspire civic engagement. 

The Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation webinar series will introduce a program model that targets young adults, using visual art as a springboard to civic engagement. Originally piloted in ten Illinois libraries in 2010, Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation is an activity- and discussion-based program model featuring a selection of curated and compelling images of American art.

During these three free webinars, participants will:

•   Hear from librarians who participated in the Engage! pilot program, who will share what worked and what didn’lt with teens.

•   Be introduced to a free PDF guide to the Engage! model, featuring detailed instructions on how to get started.

•   Learn how to formulate effective “looking questions” that will elicit participation and engagement with art and thematic content.

•   Learn how to select images that will illuminate relevant civic participation issues for teen discussion and learning.

Please be sure to register for all three sessions. This project was inspired by the National Endowment for the Humanities’l Picturing America project. Funding for Engage! is provided by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

This session will focus on issues based discussions for teen audiences, using the Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation model. Adam Davis, Director for the Project on Civic Reflection and an advisor to the Engage! project, will walk webinar participants through how to identify locally relevant issues and images for issues-based teen programming, and Christie Chandler-Stahl, formerly of the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library and currently at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, will share how this approach worked in her library.

Can’t make it on May 15? You can still register for the webinar, and we will notify you as soon as the webinar is archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience!


Mary Davis Fournier, ALA Public Programs Office

Adam Davis, Center for Civic Reflection

Christie Chandler-Stahl, Gail Borden Public Library District