- In the collective power of communities to transform their worlds
- That people’s everyday lives and work have crucially shaped history
- That knowledge opens minds, and conversations build common ground
- That diverse ideas and opinions generate better solutions
- * Hearing your stories and learning from you
- * Activating meaningful and thought-provoking dialogue around real-time issues relevant
- to your lives and experiences
- * Building creative collaborations and partnerships that support and strengthen community
We Are Committed To
- Sharing authority with and respecting the expertise of our community collaborators
- Amplifying peoples’ voices and using a local lens to tell stories that resonate nationally
- and globally
- Fostering a sense of belonging, connection, and rootedness among DC metro area
- Providing a platform for inclusive idea-sharing and community action
- Inspiring sustained civic engagement
1 ACM staff currently operates under a shared definition of “audience” as three broad psychographic types: 1) D.C. History Lover, representing local and international visitors who are interested in urban community history and the DMV; 2) Multigenerational Activists, families and individuals who are working and learning together to achieve larger community impacts; and 3) Traditionally Underserved, those who have historically be underrepresented and do not see themselves in other institutions. Further refinement of and research into these audience types will be part of the Objective 1.1.
2 ACM knows it is succeeding in building community when: community members self-select to join and chose to engage by sharing their stories, time, and support; diverse participants are being heard/listened to within the community; and over time the community holds itself together and accountable when needed.
3 ACM defines civic engagement as active participation in civic life. While this participation may include traditional civic activities, such as policy development and politics, it also includes engagement in art and culture as a way of expressing identity and issues through creative means.
4 Staff recognize that partnership, collaboration, and co-creation are often used as synonyms that lead to confusion. For the purposes of this plan and day-to-day work, ACM has defined the terms as follows. Co-creation: Individuals or organizations who are involved equally in the research and development of a product such as a project, program, or exhibition with ACM or whose involvement helps ACM present a more equitable narrative. Collaborate: The sharing of effort and expertise and/or information and networks in order to advance a project, program, or exhibition. Partnership: A formal agreement between ACM and another organization, which may involve collaboration, co-creation, or the sharing of space and/or funds.
5 Goals 3 and 4 acknowledge the need for ACM to better define, measure, document, and communicate its impact, both on its audiences and on Anacostia. Additional facilitated discussions and convenings are planned to start the definition process around ACM’s impact, which will help to lead to a further articulation of metrics for this Plan.
6 Abilities recognize the wide range of cognitive and physical ableness represented within ACM’s audiences and communities.
7 Brand is understood to be more than ACM’s current visual representation. For the purpose of this Plan, brand or rebranding involves a more inclusive look at ACM’s identity, which may include potential changes to ACM’s name, logo, graphic look-and- feel, online presence, positioning, etc. Objective 4.4 is inclusive of printed materials, online presence, marketing, and communication.
8 In order to evaluate programs effectively, ACM must first define its desire impact and programmatic goals. ACM staff acknowledge that Objective 5.5 must follow extensive work on Goals 3 and 4 in articulating impact and goals before measurement and evaluation can occur successfully.