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“What does democracy mean to you?” Project

Updated: Mar 14

The project, designed for adults and youth, has three goals: inspire artistic expression, encourage critical thinking about democracy and fundraise for the Center.



The project addresses important questions by asking youth of all  ages  (with parental permission) and adults to depict their meaning of democracy using visual art and the written word.


  • What does democracy mean to us individually and collectively? 

  • What are threats to democracy? 

  • What decisions do we make to protect democracy, the U.S. Constitution, and the important work of the Center and similar organizations?


Take action to submit your entry and raise your voice. All approved submissions will be listed on the Center’s Threadless store and made available for public viewing and purchase. Profits from sales of the “What does democracy mean to you?” collection will go to the Center. Submissions are due May 1, 2024 at 5 p.m. EDT (UTC-4) through the Center’s website.


Adult participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series, Finding Your Voice Program, Reading for Understanding, Let's Talk Series: The White Power Movement: Its History, Threat and What You Can Do About It and future events.


Entrants must adhere to the Guidelines, Rules and Agreement. All project submissions must be made using the following forms by May 1, 2024 at 5:00:00 pm EDT (UTC-4).



We encourage you to share the “What does democracy mean to you?” project. To increase visibility, please use the following hashtag on social media #wddmty and mention the Center: @dcbcenter (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and TikTok), @dockcbracycenter (Instagram).


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