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.
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.
History, civics and movement experts steer the design and roll-out of the 2024 Civic Season.
These organizations bring Civic Season to life through materials, activations and amplification.
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
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All the shareable materials, resources and templates you need to bring Civic Season to your community.
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.
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?