American Creed Community Conversations

Co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), American Creed Community Conversations center around a PBS documentary by WTTW and Citizen Film with major underwriting from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In the film AMERICAN CREED, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice come together from different points of view to explore ideals of freedom, fairness and opportunity. Their inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists including baseball manager Joe Maddon, Marine Tegan Griffith, civic entrepreneur Eric Liu and others striving to realize their own visions of America's promise.

Up to 50 libraries will be selected as American Creed Community Conversation sites. Libraries will receive:

  • Public performance rights to screen the documentary
  • DVDs for libraries' circulating collections
  • Access to a trained Community Conversation facilitator, or a $300 stipend to support a local scholar-facilitator selected by the library
  • Web-based facilitator and outreach training for library staff
  • Editable digital files of postcards, flyers, posters and press releases libraries can customize
  • Suggested social media posts including videos featuring the film's cast
  • Opportunities to partner wiht the National Writing Project on outreach to educators and youth publishing opportunities for local students

Read the full project guidelines and apply online. Applications are due November 19, 2018.

American Creed Community Conversations is a project of ALA, NEH, the National Writing Project, Citizen Film, WTTW, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.