Gathering relations among beautiful strangers to elevate new communities
Our Civic Actions emerge out of seven 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 52,000 in 2019. 69% of participants live in the American South. 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, to long-term projects. The Civic Actions include farming, listening trips, mapping, and people parades, each aiming to facilitate a shared economy of trust, and generosity for small progress.