The City We Make Together: City Council Meeting's Primer for Participation

Monday, April 3, 2023

12:30 pm — 1:30 pm


Open to the Public

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The City We Make Together Book Cover

Join us for a for a book talk with Aaron Landsman, Mallory Catlett and Ebony Noelle Golden discussing their latest publication, The City We Make Together.

In 2009, theatre artist Aaron Landsman was dragged by a friend to a city council meeting in Portland, Oregon. At first he was bored, but when a citizen dumped trash in front of the council in order to show how the city needed cleaning up, he was intrigued. He began attending local government meetings across the country, interviewing council members, staffers, activists, and other citizens. Out of this investigation, Landsman and director Mallory Catlett developed a participatory theatre piece called City Council Meeting.

The City We Make Together looks at how we make art with communities, how we perform power and who gets to play which roles, and how we might use creativity and rigorous inquiry to look at our structures of democracy anew. Published by University of Iowa Press, 2022.