Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

May 23, 2017
Elba Theatre moves one step closer to opening night
Elba Theatre moves one step closer to opening night

Last summer, Restoration 154’s Laurie Chapman traveled to Montgomery to present to the Alabama State Council of the Arts, or ASCA, in hopes of the being awarded a grant to complete the design phase for the Elba Theatre renovations. Fast-forward a year later and the time came to continue in the renovation project by applying for the Arts and Cultural Facilities (Construction phase) grant through the ASCA.

By Emily Vick
May 23, 2017
Planting a sense of community
Planting a sense of community

Nothing keeps community members from stopping by the annual Collinsville Public Library Plant Sale. An elderly woman walked over two blocks from her home with her walker to purchase plants at the fundraiser being held in front of Collinsville Drugs on Valley Avenue in May 11-12 this spring.

By Whitney Sutton
May 17, 2017
Communities Become Summer Classrooms for Living Democracy Students
Communities Become Summer Classrooms for Living Democracy Students

Two Auburn University social work majors and a May 2017 graduate will be living and learning in Alabama communities for ten weeks this summer as participants in the College of Liberal Arts’ Living Democracy initiative. The 2017 Living Democracy Fellows are Emily Vick, Magnolia Wilson and Whitney Sutton. Throughout the summer, the students will create civic projects working with community partners in Collinsville, Elba and Thomaston.

September 28, 2016
Apply Now to Participate in 2017 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2017 Summer

The Living Democracy program provides a unique living-learning experience for selected Auburn University students in the summer of 2017. Students are paired with a participating Alabama community for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development.

By Rachel Naftel
July 21, 2016
Wasnick is grateful for summer spent in Linden
Wasnick is grateful for summer spent in Linden

Coming to Auburn in the fall of 2015 I would have never imagined that I would be spending my summer here in the loving community of Linden. Life in Linden was not always easy.  It was difficult at times being away from family and friends.  However, Linden quickly became a home and a family to me.

By Hamilton Wasnick