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Welcome to Issue 2 of the CivCity newsletter! Read on for news about our POP-X Picnic, Civic Game Jam, how you can "Color Your Ward" at an upcoming A2 Symphony event – and much more.

CivCity at POP-X!

Join us on Oct. 18 from 3-5 p.m. for a picnic at Liberty Plaza, part of the fabulous and inspiring 10-day POP-X festival! We'll gather for a Sunday afternoon of supper and fellowship, sharing ideas and insights about our community and playing a little civic trivia. Each picnic area will be located at a POP-X artist pavilion, featuring local "celebrity" guests and food by Babo. We're also looking forward to a spoken-word performance by members of Girls Group.

Register here for a unique experience – and thanks to the Ann Arbor Art Center for hosting POP-X!

Oct. 23-25 CivCity Game Jam!

When A2 Game Designers asked if we'd be interested in co-hosting a civics-focused game jam, of course we said "YES!" – even though we weren't entirely sure what that meant. (Because we're former journalists, not game designers, right?)

So here's the deal: This game jam is open to game development of all kinds, including but not limited to video games, board games, and card games. Come solo or with a team. To better accommodate your busy schedules, this game jam is mostly remote, with a kickoff event on Friday evening, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. and a presentation event to showcase the games on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. – both held at the Workantile in downtown Ann Arbor (118 S. Main).

Unlike most game jams, we won’t pick a single winner who gets all the glory. Instead, we’re giving every game a spotlight at an upcoming Ann Arbor District Library event. We'll also have a raffle, giving each team the chance to win a $100 cash prize!

Follow this link for details and registration. Come join us and bring your game face! 


(This spectacular logo puts the "Design" in A2GD!)

CivCity at the Symphony!

You might not think local civics is a great fit with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra – but you'd be oh-so-wrong! "Color Your Ward" will be part of pre-concert festivities for the Oct. 25 performance of Gershwin's Magic Key. Kids will tap their creativity to color maps of Ann Arbor that show its five wards – and learn about the ward where they live!

The event is part of A2SO's Family Concert Series, and we're delighted to be a partner. To learn more about the concert and buy tickets, click here.


In The Works

Here's a quick look at a few other CivCity projects and partnerships, with more details to come:

Skyline High School's Communication, Media & Public Policy magnet program: CivCity is a "client" of CMPP students, who'll be producing a mini-documentary about the grassroots community effort to build Ann Arbor's skatepark. We hope the interviews will provide insights that others can use to launch their own community projects in the future.

Wiki-Wednesdays: Dave Askins is holding editing sessions each Wednesday for Ann Arbor’s LocalWiki, with a focus on civic-related pages. This is an extension of the work we incentivized via the Ann Arbor District Library’s Summer Game. The goal is to strengthen LocalWiki for its eventual use as a platform for CivCity’s news & information efforts. For details, contact Dave at

CivCity Online

Check out our website at (please note that it's very much a work in progress) or join CivCity on Facebook. On Twitter, you can follow us at @A2CivCity, where we post details about local public meetings and other items of civic interest. 

Help Spread the Word!

Know of someone who might be interested in our work? Please forward this e-newsletter – we appreciate your help in letting people know about CivCity.
October is my favorite month, and this year CivCity is making the most of it. I hope to see you at some of the events described in this newsletter – and thanks, as always, for helping us fight civic apathy and fuel civic action!

– Mary Morgan, CivCity Founder & Executive Director


Support CivCity

CivCity is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit focused on increasing awareness of how local government works and motivating residents to get involved. Please support our work by sending donations to: 
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

You'll get our heartfelt thanks written by hand (let's hear it for old school!) on a notecard featuring local public art or civic infrastructure. How cool is that?

This image is a detail from the mosaics at the Fourth & Washington parking structure.
CivCity Board of Directors
Devon Akmon
Paul Courant
Mary Morgan
Ingrid Sheldon
Linh Song

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