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Engage in civic discussions at Democracy Under Construction

The League of Women Voters of Cheyenne booth at the Civic Season Festival 2023. (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The celebration of America’s democracy is in full swing with Civic Season, a series of events aimed at fostering civic engagement and education. This year, Civic Season bridges the historic significance of Independence Day with the reflective remembrance of Juneteenth.

On June 20, Cheyenne residents have the opportunity to engage in “Democracy Under Construction: The Game” at the Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave. This interactive program, running from 7 to 8 p.m., invites participants to explore the complexities of democracy in Wyoming through a fun and engaging format.

The Wyoming Humanities program developed this event to deepen understanding of democracy’s history and current challenges in the U.S. It focuses on key issues like partisanship, civility, and the critical role of journalism in shaping a democratic society, according to the museum website.

Earlier events set the stage for this discussion. On June 16, the Civic Season Festival took place at Westby Edge Brewing, offering a lively celebration of community and citizenship. Following this, a community conversation on June 18 at the Laramie County Library delved into whether the government should provide shelter to everyone in need.

The Civic Season continues with “Make Your Mark: Becoming a Well-Informed and Active Citizen” on June 25 at the Laramie County Library. This event, moderated by Dr. Amy Spieker, will feature a panel of experts from media, politics non-profit organizations and more, guiding attendees on different paths to civic engagement.

Panelists include Aidan D Cabrera, Charlie Thomas, Courtney Schwab and Paige Mathews from South High School’s “We The People” team; Representative Daniel Singh from Wyoming House District 61; Noah Jones from UW College of Law; Brian Martin, managing editor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle; Jessica Fernandez-Medina from CHISPA of Cheyenne; Rev. Hilton McClendon of Allen Chapel African Methodist Church; and JoLynn Paulsen from Arts Cheyenne.

To conclude Civic Season, “A Slice of History: The Wyoming State Flag and The Women Who Made It Fly” will be held on June 27 at the Wyoming State Museum. This event will honor the contributions of women in Wyoming’s history and their role in shaping the state’s identity.

Residents interested in participating can register for the events at Wyoming State Museum’s Public Programs.