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American Creed

American Creed: Community Conversations

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America's ideals and identity ought to be.

Applications will be accepted from Sept. 24—Nov. 19, 2018. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected.

Awardees will receive:

  • a DVD of the American Creed documentary for their circulating collections;
  • access to a high-quality, projection-ready download of the film, with public performance rights (PPR) included;
  • a $300 stipend to support speaker fees for an eligible public humanities scholar, or access to a representative from the National Writing Project to serve as program moderator;
  • and additional training, resources, and support.

Public libraries that receive the grant must implement three public programs between January and August 2019 that explore the themes and humanities questions featured in American Creed. Read the full project guidelines.

All libraries that submit a completed application — regardless of their grant award status — may receive access and permission to screen the film for a public audience, provided they agree to submit basic information about the screening to Citizen Film.

American Creed: Community Conversations is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About American Creed

Co-produced by Citizen Film & WTTW-Chicago Public Media, American Creed is constructed around a seminar-style conversation co-led by the renowned historian David M. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of best-selling books about American history; and his Stanford University colleague, the political scientist and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Fully acknowledging their differences in political outlook, Kennedy and Rice recognize that "a unifying sense of American democratic ideals and identity is fragile." Their dialogue throughout the film interprets different kinds of American civic activism and models the exemplary, respectful dialogue that American Creed: Community Conversations seeks to support in public libraries around the country.

Watch the American Creed documentary online.