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A Message from Dave Procter, Director of K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development

K-State Engagement E-News, April 2009 (PDF)

CECD director David Procter

CECD director David Procter

"To encourage literature and arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to our country." —George Washington

"Healthy communities depend on active and involved citizens," said former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "The arts play an irreplaceable role in producing both those citizens and those communities."

Research shows that arts participants and readers contribute substantial social capital to their communities through high levels of civic engagement, charity works and participation in local activities. Further, research demonstrates that arts participation is an indicator of civic and community health.

Our communities are at their best when the local public is actively engaged in the issues affecting their daily lives. Yet, as opportunities for civic dialogue in this country have diminished in recent years, the arts and cultural institutions provide a wide spectrum of activity and opportunities to connect citizens to civic life. This is why the Center for Engagement and Community Development actively supports engagement through the arts. We are therefore pleased to offer this newsletter highlighting just a few of the engaged arts projects happening at Kansas State University.