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2022 Day of Civility Events

2022 Day of Civility

The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility will celebrate the county’s fourth annual Day of Civility on Thursday, April 7. The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility was initiated by the Allegany County Library System, the Women’s Action Coalition of Greater Allegany County, and the 2018 class of Leadership Allegany. Choose Civility: Allegany County is a community-wide initiative to position the county as a model of civility by promoting civil conversations and kindness toward others.

The Day of Civility Schedule:

Food for Fines day: Thursday April 7.  
1 donation = $1 waived from account, up to $15!

Food for Fines

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Food for Fines

Allegany County Library System – All Libraries (LaVale closed for renovation)

On Thursday, April 7th, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food donations in exchange for library fines. Each donated item will reduce the patron’s library fines by $1.00, up to a maximum of $15.00 per person. Food donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.

Ladder of Prejudice, Bridge to Civility

Ladder of Prejudice —> Bridge to Civility

April 6 and 7, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Allegany College of Maryland Student Center

An interactive display in the ACM College Center facilitated by Academic Development and hosted by the ACM Peace Club, Student Government Association, Human Service Club, and NAACP Club. Participate in a silent dialogue that explores acts of prejudice. Offer words of encouragement and support to others.

Chalk It Up to Civility: A Community Collaboration

April 7, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Allegany County Library System

People of all ages are welcome to do some “chalking!” Draw and write inspiring messages, words of encouragement and kindness in the designated areas at the library or take your chalk home to create an inspiring message for your family and neighbors! Take a photo of your chalk drawing and share it with us using the hashtag, #ChalkItUpToCivility.

The goal of Chalk It Up to Civility is to provide an opportunity for a collaborative community conversation in spite of difference, develop consensus in the place of division, and create connectedness in our community.

Social media civility poster.  photos of panel

Social Media Civility: Influencing Community and Strategy Online and on the Ground

April 7, 6:00 PM

FSU Lane Center, Atkinson Room and Online

Diverse perspectives on how to contribute to constructive and responsive communication that connects and moves people across channels, modalities, and purposes. Features Leader-In Residence and Panelists who lead local communication campaigns: Dr. Dorene Ciletti, Mandela Echefu, Ian Robinson, Ashley Swinford, and Ashli Workman.

Higher Education: A Bridge or a Barrier for the Working Class?

Higher Education: a Bridge or a Barrier for the Working Class?

April 7, 8:00 PM

Virtual Event

A Braver Angels “We the People Forum.  Allegany College of Maryland students present their experiences about the challenges and opportunities of higher education. To be followed by a Q&A and participant perspectives on the issue.  Featuring Annette Ritter, Romello Davis, and Nikita Hall.

Other events/happenings in April

What did you Meme? A Discussion about avoiding misinformation

April 5 at 2 PM

FSU, Gira CCIT 161

This discussion on media literacy will feature examples of logical fallacies in memes and how misinformation spreads in online space. Facilitated by FSU Department of Communication’s Communication Leadership Lap and the Argumentation & Advocacy class.

Chalk It Up with the Easter Bunny in Downtown Cumberland

April 16 at 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Baltimore Street, Downtown Cumberland

Use sidewalk chalk to create messages and works of art to express shared positive values!

10:30 – Presentation at McCoury Family Stage, includes remarks from Cumberland Mayor Ray Morris and a poem written and read by City Councilman Eugene Frazier.

Chalk it Up to Civility all month long!

Choose Civility: Allegany County and its partners will celebrate the annual “Day of Civility” with events all month long.  This year’s theme is “Chalk it Up to Civility,” an idea that stemmed from the Choose Civility steering committee during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way safe way to share and celebrate civility as a community.  We are encouraging adults and children to participate in using chalk drawings with inspiring messages and words of encouragement to spread kindness to others in our community.  The goal is to provide opportunity for collaborative conversation in spite of difference, develop consensus in the place of division, and create connectedness in our community.

Meet us and the Easter bunny in Downtown Cumberland for a "Chalk It Up to Civility" event!  

10:30 – Presentation at McCoury Family Stage includes remarks from Cumberland Mayor Ray Morris and a poem written and read by City Councilman Eugene Frazier. 

11 AM-1 PM - First 100 families will receive a bag of chalk 

“Chalk it Up to Civility” at these other community events throughout April:

April 2, TBD - Women's Civic Association Bunny Hop

April 3, 11:30 AM – Christ Lutheran Church of LaVale

April 7, 11 AM-5 PM – Chalk it Up stations and Food for Fines Day at Allegany County Libraries

April 16, 11 – 1 – Chalk it Up with the Easter Bunny in Downtown Cumberland

April 21, TBD – Westernport of the Lawn at Westernport Elementary

April 30, 11- 5 - View Chalk Mural Entries at Frostburg Arts Walk


Other ways to participate:

Pick up chalk at any Allegany County Library during the month of April to create your own chalk drawings at home and share them with us on social media using #ChalkItUpToCivility


Thank you to the Choose Civility: Allegany County partners in "Chalk It Up": Ali Ghan Shriners of Cumberland, MD, Allegany Arts Council, Allegany College of Maryland's College to Community's Partnership Center, Allegany County Commission for Women, Allegany County Library System, Archway Station, the City of Cumberland, Christ Lutheran Church of LaVale, Cumberland Downtown Development Commission, Downtown Cumberland Business Association, Frostburg First, Frostburg State University's Communication Leadership Lab, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, Western Maryland Watercolor Society, Westernport Elementary, Women's Civic Association.