Performing Our Future will demonstrate how the assets of local culture enacted through theater can enable communities to imagine, construct, and own their civic and economic future. Our claim is that culture and artistic expression are fundamental to the development of a democratic culture because of the way they shape individual and collective identities; bound or expand imagination; and influence micro- and macro-economic incentives and behavior.

In this two-year action-research project, three communities in different geographic locations will create original theater in order to support, and in some instances initiate, equitable community development. To enrich learning, ensure national impact, and develop and disseminate findings, the three local projects will interface with each other and with a national team of scholars

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