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We The People

Democracy is a practice. It goes beyond a government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is more than rhetorical gestures or monumental symbols. Democracy is a way of life, a moral contract of unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

View of thousands of people in front of the Washington Monument. Black and white image. Cloudy sky and trees.

A Melting Pot

The ideas behind The Practice of Democracy: We Hold These Truths are inspired by April De Simone’s lived experiences. Her personal and professional journey begins with growing up in a Bronx, New York, neighborhood steeped in the generational consequences of policies and practices like Redlining, Urban Renewal, and the infamous war on drugs. Her work today connects a deeper psychological and physical understanding of how such policies, practices, and investments rooted in the undemocratic idea that some people are less worthy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than others, which is a significant threat to the future of democracy. 

Each iteration of The Practice of Democracy: We Hold These Truths invites a curatorial team of diverse thinkers within the space of equity and justice to contribute to site-specific installations. Together, this work investigates how the practice of democracy shows up within our built environment- the places we curate and the spaces we engage. We ask a larger societal question: “What is our collective agency as stewards of democracy to heal and to manifest these values of liberty, equity, and justice in our daily experiences and the outputs we plan, decide, and design in the built environment. 

The Digital Experience partners with organizations to create experiences that promote social good. We believe we can make positive change in our corner of the world and exemplify the change we wish to see.

Michael Carnevale

Creative Director

Lydia Kauffman

Project Manager

Jocelyn Barnes

Project Coordinator

Caitlyn Hain

Design Director

Zahraa Ballout

UX Designer

Matt Medonis

UX Designer

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Ongoing Support

Ongoing support for The Practice of Democracy: We Hold These Truths would not be possible without the collaboration with our partners helping us co-create this experience.

The Practice of Democracy: We Hold These Truths digital visitor experience is sponsored and developed by