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 2023 Civic Season is co-designed by Fellows ages 18-30 across the United States.

Lex is a connector at heart. They love putting folks in touch with the people, places, or resources they need to be successful.
Lex Stewart
Austin, TX
Mayva Anyango is a visual artist originally from Kisumu, Kenya who works with New American women and teenage girls to get them integrated in U.S. communities.
Mayva Anyango
Grand Rapids, MI
Alex is passionate about developing policy solutions to major social problems in order to create education systems and democratic institutions that are more responsive to the will and needs of the American people.
Alex Edgar
Berkeley, CA
Studying archaeology and history has taught Laura that we don't always know the full story.
Laura Dale
Cheyenne, WY
Justice is always eager to talk about the ways in which art and its various forms can move and inspire people.
Justice Brown
Oneonta, AL
Cat loves talking about how fashion reflects social movements and global events
Cat Graham
Westport, CT
Cielo currently works as a project coordinator at the Atlanta History Center.
Cielo Muñoz Perez
Atlanta, GA
Ponce is immensely interested in shifting social paradigms by challenging and expanding culture!
Ponce de Leon Tidwell, III
New York, NY
Katy has a passion for audio storytelling and experience in oral history, podcasting, and radio broadcasting.
Katy Ronkin
Washington, DC


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

Nia Mosby
Program Manager
Caroline Klibanoff
Executive Director
Cameron Katz
Community Engagement Manager
Kate Doak-Keszler
Partnerships and
Communications Director
Kaz Brecher
Innovation Strategist
Hope-Marie Delgado
Program Assistant


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

Liana Ascolese
National Archives Foundation
Candace Bey
Chicago History Museum
Raina Melvin
First Americans Museum
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

Sports Champion

Municipal Champion

Service Champion

Poster Co-Creators
Libraries Champion

Libraries Champion

Campus Champion

Museum Champion

Guidebook Contributor

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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.

Contributing Partners

More than 400 organizations share events and resources during Civic Season. Find one near you.


Check out how we’re making headlines

New Podcast Explores How Gen-Z Engages in a New American Tradition


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?