Primary Source Spotlight: CITIZENARTS

7 September 2017


We are pleased to spotlight CITIZENARTS, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing civic education programs to colleges and universities as well as to public policy and business groups throughout the U.S. and internationally. CITIZENARTS’ Senior Partners Jill and Jim Gabbe recently visited a scholar keynote session at our summer institute Cultural Proficiency for Today’s Diverse Schools and immediately recognized the synergies between the Primary Source mission to create an informed American public through teacher professional development and their organization’s objectives.

The mission of CITIZENARTS is to increase knowledge of the importance of civic affairs and engagement and to demonstrate how harmonious interaction and creative thinking can help to solve even contentious and complex issues. It presents its programs in a forum format – in classrooms or larger venues – that includes the screening of a CITIZENARTS documentary film followed by vigorous discussion. The forums often include panels of students, faculty, and public officials and can be part of coursework –which means students receive course credit for their participation.

Current educational documentary programs include:
♦   Journey with the Giant, an exploration of China’s unprecedented rise to a global superpower;
♦   A More —or Less — Perfect Union, in which some 200 Americans comment on the state of the United States;
♦   To the Mountaintops, a comparison of the surging dynamics of China and India -- the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic states.

Other programs currently in development are Pacific Rendezvous, an examination of the critically important relationship between China and the U.S. as told by people in each of these countries; and Whither Europe?, a film that will endeavor to show what Europe is building for itself and bringing to the world in the future.

We welcome CITIZENARTS into the Primary Source community and look forward to collaborations about history, education, and cultural understanding. Please contact Judy Katz, Director of Development ( or 617-923-9933 x 118) if you would like more information.



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Watertown, MA 02472
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