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Participatory Citizenship & Participatory Arts
Last Tuesday, September 20, was National Voter Registration Day, which is “a day of civic unity. It’s an opportunity to set aside differences, enjoy the rights and opportunities we all share as Americans, and celebrate our democracy.”
With all the unity, celebration, and setting aside differences to enjoy shared opportunities, it sure seems a lot like a contra dance or the All Comers Band! … But, what do democracy, citizenship, and voting really have in common with a local arts nonprofit?!?
Well… our social dance and music traditions are, as a past BFS board member put it, a bit like a magic elixir. The label could make all sorts of legitimately lofty claims, but the elixir’s effectiveness entails participation.
Which circles back to democracy, citizenship, and voting. Active engagement is the key!
Maine has one of the highest voter turnout rates in the nation, and that’s partly because of things like same day voter registration for in person voting, no excuses absentee ballots, and more. Let’s keep rocking the vote, with high participation by eligible voters of all ages & demographics! (Yup, just like the All Comers Band and the BFS contra dances.)
Here are some nonpartisan resources. Use them, share them, and get out there and vote!(If you’re from away, and can’t register to vote in Maine, get the scoop on voting in your state!)
Democracy Maineis a collaboration of three nonpartisan organizations, partnering on advocacy and education efforts: