American Academy of Arts and Sciences

For Examining The Effects Of Income And Wealth Inequality On American Democracy

Overview
An honorary society that celebrates the excellence of its members, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent research center that convenes leaders from across disciplines and perspectives to address significant challenges. The academy will conduct a 12-month planning effort to develop a major new initiative that will address how surging inequality and declining rates of social mobility have, for many Americans, bred deep distrust with economic and political institutions. The American Dream Project will build on and complement the academy’s Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, which explored the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in our political and civic life, and issued a final report proposing concrete steps to enable more Americans to participate as effective citizens in a diverse twenty-first century democracy.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.amacad.org/ 
Address
Norton's Woods
136 Irving Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1996
Grants to this Grantee
for support of the ‘Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century’ project  
These funds will support the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to disseminate the report of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship and support concrete steps toward implementing its recommendations. The commission will learn from outreach and partners how it can most effectively advance specific recommendations. Additional resources will enable Academy staff and members of the commission to present the report and recommendations to influential audiences around the country and pursue extensive partnership opportunities to advance the commission’s work, with the goal of enabling more Americans to participate as effective citizens in a diverse 21st century democracy.

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