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This article investigates how ethnic and minoritised theatre companies and art organisations like Silk Road Rising (SRR) in Chicago are developing a new socially-engaged discourse to encourage civic engagement. The article explore how artists are disseminating their work to new virtual audiences in digital ‘counterpublics’. In particular, the article focuses on the company’s recent direction to harness the online public sphere in the making and distribution of artistic works to challenge cultural, political and institutional limitations.

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It explores how theatre companies and artists are creating new ways of engaging with audiences to facilitate civic engagement in online spaces

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This page is a summary of: Digitizing activist art: Widening the platform for civic engagement, Journal of Arts & Communities, October 2016, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jaac.8.1-2.47_1.
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