July 4th commemorates the moment a new nation was born, based on ideals that each generation since has worked to bring to life:  freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity. Juneteenth, celebrated just a few weeks earlier, reminds us of the struggles and hard-won victories in our ongoing journey to form a “more perfect union.” Civic Season unites our oldest federal holiday with our newest, mobilizing a movement to understand our past and shape our future.

Our Mission

Civic Season is a new tradition for self-discovery and civic upskilling, co-created by Gen Z and cultural institutions. This summer, discover your story and how you'll power our democracy, aided by a vast array of credible, relevant sources. Civic Season is the flagship program from Made By Us, a network of hundreds of museums, historic sites, libraries and archives unleashing access to history for younger generations who have the most at stake.


The Made By Us Board of Directors is composed of leaders from major history museums.

Sheffield Hale
Executive Director and CEO, Atlanta History Center
Neil A. Barclay
President and CEO, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

James Pepper Henry
Executive Director and CEO, First Americans Museum
Patrick Madden
Executive Director, National Archives Foundation
Anthea Hartig
Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History
Louise Mirrer
President and CEO, New-York Historical Society

Design Fellows

The 2024 Civic Season is co-designed by Fellows ages 18-30 across the United States.

Wyatt Nako
Honolulu, Hawai'i
Nsisong Udosen
Cincinnati, OH
Grace Vance
Little Rock, AR
Dashawn Rustin
Washington, DC
Andrew Song
Palo Alto, CA
Kamryn Yanchick
Oklahoma City, OK
Zev van Zanten
Apex, NC
Melissa Mora-Gonzalez
Sacramento Valley, CA
Maddy Turner
Chicago, IL
Kaylee LaTocha
Anchorage, AK


A small and mighty team from Made By Us is behind Civic Season. 

Nia Mosby
Civic Season Program Manager
Caroline Klibanoff
Executive Director, Made By Us
Cameron Katz
Community Engagement Manager
Onyx Montes
Coalition Manager
Hope-Marie Delgado
Program Assistant
Marrow Woods
Kate Doak-Keszler


History, civics and movement experts steer the design and roll-out of the 2024 Civic Season.

Candace Bey
Chicago History Museum
Raina Melvin
Historic Locust Grove
Claire Haley
Atlanta History Center
Jim Herr
Japanese American National Museum
Tasha Stanton
Nicole Moore
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Felicia Abrams
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Brady Smith
Heinz History Center


These organizations bring Civic Season to life through materials, activations and amplification.

Democracy Champion

K-12 Champion

Corporate Champion

Slice of History Co-Creators

Podcast Producer

Municipal Champion

Service Champion

Poster Co-Creators
Libraries Champion

Libraries Champion

Campus Champion

Museum Champion

Guidebook Contributor

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Contributors and Hosts

More than 400 organizations share events and resources during Civic Season:

We are grateful to all who have shaped Civic Season along the way - it really is "made by us!"

Thanks to early and essential advisors:

Kaz Brecher, Curious Catalyst, Inc.
Valerie Donati, Brand Building Communications NYC
Gary Sheng, Madison Adams and Thanasi Dilos, Civics Unplugged
MBP Consultants
Frontwood Strategies
Citizen Best

Our Supporters

Civic Season is made possible thanks to these generous supporters and more. Want to support Civic Season? Consider a gift to help us grow or get in touch about partnerships or sponsorship.


Check out how we’re making headlines

Civic Season Podcast Wins Silver Anthem Award

Anthem Awards

Pizza to the Polls Brings Pizza to "Slice of History" Parties Nationwide

Press Release

Civic Season Mobilizes Gen Z to Take Part in Our Democracy

Press Release

Moline filmmakers part of national ‘Civic Season’

Quad Cities

Civic Season with Civics Circle


Civic Season Comes To Cheyenne This Summer

Cheyenne Post

Juneteenth: Reflection and Celebration in North Carolina


Organizers Prep for Depot District Event

Muskogee Phoenix

Boat tours add another avenue of history at Fort Ticonderoga


A brand new movement led by museums and historic sites: Civic Season

NBC Washington

The Time is Now for Tackling Historical Illiteracy and Creating a New Type of Civic Participation

Smithsonian Magazine

Tools for Participating Organizations

All the shareable materials, resources and templates you need to bring Civic Season to your community.

Register Your Organization


2023 Report


Program Tools


Where We Started…

This graphic represents the themes for the first Civic Season that were generated through a series of Socratic Dialogues. These guided conversations with students, historians and civic practitioners raised key questions and ideas around independence, celebration, and interdependence, forming a foundation for this emerging new tradition.

…And Where We’re Going
The Road to 2026

We began Civic Season in 2021 to build a movement to shape the ways in which we understand and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Our story is complex and ever-evolving. How might we use a new holiday tradition as a springboard to face our past and shape our future?