The following information may be useful to libraries that are planning to submit an application for American Creed: Community Conversations.
In addition to offering at least one scholar-led screening and discussion event featuring the American Creed documentary, applicant libraries must plan two additional programs that explore the themes and humanities questions featured in the film. Eligible program formats include:
American Creed: Community Conversations applicants must work with at least one community partner on their program series. Partnerships can assume many forms: co-presenters, financial partners, organizations that will donate goods or services, marketing and outreach efforts, and volunteers.
A partnership is successful if both partners gain something from the relationship. Identify groups that you have worked with in the past and ones that you would like to work with in the future. Share your project plans with potential partners and see if your goals resonate with their mission, interests, or intentions for community outreach.
At the official website for the American Creed documentary, you may view the film, read about the cast, access resources for educators and students, and explore other opportunities for involvement.
Citizen Film's flagship partner and co-producer for American Creed is WTTW (Chicago, IL). The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) supported the launch of the documentary as a PBS Special across the PBS network. Additionally, ten PBS member stations received CPB public engagement grants. The American Creed PBS program is being re-launched with brand new additional stories in November 2018, and the co-producers anticipate rebroadcasts on local stations throughout 2018-2019. 154 PBS WORLD Channel Carriers across the US will rebroadcast American Creed in primetime on November 25, 2018. Additionally, local stations are sometimes able to time rebroadcasts so that local public events and broadcasts can be cross-promoted. Once your event is confirmed, we will reach out to your local PBS station to see if they are interested in contacting you to discuss programming and promotional partnerships.
A project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Programming Librarian is the premier online resource for all things related to presenting cultural and community programs for all types and sizes of libraries.
Your state humanities council may be helpful in connecting your library with an eligible public humanities practitioner to moderate your viewing and discussion programs. Some councils may also have opportunities for additional programming support. The Federation of State Humanities Councils can help you get in touch.